Here are Englishman in Avignons top suggestions for things to do in Avignon this month…
With performances and events happening all over Avignon and surrounding areas for most of July. The Avignon Festival is one of the biggest performing arts and theatre festivals in the world.
Running from July 4th to the 29th. With a huge selection of theatrical productions, cinema, dance, musical theatre, readings, workshops and conferences. Some productions are ticket only events while others are free to the public. Check the official website for more information on each performance, where to buy tickets, show times and program details.
Festival OFF d’Avignon
The Festival OFF d’Avignon runs alongside the main Festival d’Avignon. Increasing the number of venues, events and performances into the hundreds throughout Avignon, and the surrounding areas including Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Check out their website fo more details.
The Avignon OFF card is our top recommendation. For anyone planning to visit the festival you can pick one up online or in the city at recognised distributors. This card allows festival goers many discounts and early access to tickets etc across the festival, including:
- 30 % reduction for performances tickets on line and in OFF theatres
- Special entrance prices to selected museums in Avignon (including the Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon)
- Special prices for ‘Avignon Vision’ tickets (mini tourist train)
- Reduced prices for partner theatres, in France and abroad, and in partner sites until June 2018
- Access to OFF Village concerts, every evening at 11pm from 5th to 26th July 2018
- Access to the festival’s closing ball on 27th July 2018 at 10pm
History of the festival
The Festival d’Avignon was founded by Jean Vilar in 1947. Vilar stayed on as director of the festival until 1971. Other directors over the years have included PAUL PUAUX from 1971 to 1979, ALAIN CROMBECQUE from 1985 to 1992, BERNARD FAIVRE-D’ARCIER from 1993 to 2003, HORTENSE ARCHAMBAULT and VINCENT BAUDRILLER from 2004 to 2013. Since September 1, 2013, OLIVIER PY is the current director of the Festival d’Avignon.
Every year performers and artists form around the world are invited to perform at the festival. There are over 30 executive productions this year alone at the Festival d’Avignon.
The festival organisers even created an App for keeping track of all the events available. The mobile applications are available for free from the App Store or Google Play. They inform you daily about readings, film showings, exhibitions, live radio broadcasts, events and debates organised around the Festival. Most of those events are free, organised by the Festival or its partners.
Englishman in Avignon’s top 5 Festival d’Avignon picks:
ARNAUD REBOTINI AND THE DON VAN CLUB PLAY BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
OUTWITTING THE DEVIL
A NIGHT OF ODYSSEYS
SNOW WHITE, STORY OF A PRINCE
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