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The animals and children took to the streets
Suzanne Andrade & Paul Barritt / 1927 © Nick Flintoff
Refuse the hour
William Kentridge © John Hodgkiss
Los Santos Inocentes
Heidi & Rolf Abderhalden / Mapa Teatro © Christian Altorfer
Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns. Eine Wirtschaftskomödie
Nicolas Stemann / Thalia Theater © David Baltzer
Court of Honour of the Palais des Papes
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon
Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, the Avignon Festival is one of the biggest international festivals for contemporary live performance there is, each year in July attracting a large number of visitors from every generation (more than 130,000 tickets sold) to view around forty works of theatre and dance, as well as fine art and music.
Avignon, a city of theatre
An open-air venue, with the Court of Honour of the Palais des Papes at its centre (where Jean Vilar directed Shakespeare's King Richard the Second during the first ever Avignon Festival), year after year, for the duration of a month, Avignon turns into a city of theatre, transforming its rich architectural heritage into majestic and surprising performance venues.
The Festival's “associated artists”
Providing access to contemporary art is now, more than ever, at the heart of the Festival's priorities and its programme, helping to make this festival as rich in acts as it is. Since 2004, the festival's artistic direction has been involving one or two artists (choreographers, film-makers, writers, actors, dancers, etc.) in the preparation of each year's events. Before putting together the programme, the directors discuss with these “associated artists”, each year endowing the Festival with a different sensitivity and with a different viewpoint on the various arts on the scene.
Avignon's OFF Festival
In addition to its official programme, Avignon's OFF Festival also enables a thousand additional companies to participate in the event in around a hundred different venues.