Since the late 1940s, for three weeks in July, Avignon hosts le Festival d'Avignon, during which numerous theatrical plays, both large productions as well as low budget, are shown. The city's numerous theatres show the major plays, while many churches and local palace courtyards are turned into stages for smaller productions. Le Festival d'Avignon is the city's most important event which attracts visitors from all over France and beyond. The addition of the high speed TGV trains in recent years meant that a day trip from Paris, 2.5 hours away, was possible. The city fills with life during the festival, so it is a great time to visit. However, make sure to reserve in advance, for hotels are often fully booked.
It has been said over and over again - I'll say it again: people dance on this bridge. And indeed, why not?
By the way, the construction of this bridge started in 1177 and was undertaken by St. Benezet, who was "divinely inspired to build the bridge" (as the Encyclopaedia Britannica puts it)
Theatre Festival has made Avignon important in modern times. Started in 1947 by Jean Vilar, every year between the 10th of July and the 5th of August nearly 120,000 spectators come to discover new talent or admire those actors already known. These shows (dance, theatre or music) are enhanced by the background of powerful history and often appear renewed or refreshed in this environment.
Avignon festival: if you are lucky enough to visit Avignon in summer, you can also attend one of the most important cultural events in France - the Avignon festival. Music concerts, theatre performances, photographic exhibitions are all featured. There are both classic and modern versions of different plays performed by various theatre companies arriving there from all the corners of the world. Tickets are affordable, too, starting just at 7 euros, with discounts sometimes available.
Join in and participate in the Festival d'Avignon. This festival of Dance, Music and Theatre was founded in 1947 by the actor and director Jean Vilar. During this Festival, you'd find many interesting events occuring all over town.... esp. at historical monuments and along the streets. This is now an international festival.... with people from all over France, Europe and the rest of the world coming down to Avignon to join in the festivities.
For more info, you can request for these festival catalogues by calling - tel: (33) 490 27 66 50 OR faxing: (33) 490 27 66 83.
Avignon hosts the International Dance and Ballet festival in July. A very important event both for classical and avant-guarde movements.