Festival d'Avignon

Delight in Avignon's cultural centrepiece

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Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
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AvignonWith over 300 shows, 40 venues and 3,500 performers, it's little wonder that arts lovers from across the globe descend upon the charming city of Avignon every year for its creative showpiece, Avignon Festival. Set within the stunning 14th-century Pope's Palace, the internationally renowned festival features cutting-edge performances in theatre, dance, music and fine arts.

Have we got your creative juices flowing? Then check out our guide before browsing through HomeAway's Avignon rentals. With an ideal base, you'll be well prepared to immerse yourself in the festival's carnival atmosphere; to embark on a truly inspiring artistic adventure.


Festival d'Avignon: all you need to know


Festival d'Avignon: background Festival d'Avignon: background

From its inaugural event in 1947, Festival d'Avignon has since developed into one of the most important contemporary performing arts events in the world. The spirit of its founder, Jean Vilar, continues to live on, with Avignon transforming into an open-air forum brimming with creativity and adventure. Now in its 67th year, the festival’s innovative post-war momentum continues to inspire festival-goers, as a unique summer showcase of the world’s best arts and cultural performances.

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Festival d'Avignon: events Festival d'Avignon: events

Festival Avignon’s exuberance is reflected in its diverse performances, with no less than 40 acts in theatre, dance, fine arts and music gracing its stages. The festival’s two parts, ‘In’ and ‘Off’, underlines its diversity. Visitors can experience renowned performers set within the stunning courtyard of the Pope’s Palace at the ‘In’ instalment, whilst the ‘Off’ represents the festival’s pioneering nature by showcasing local theatre productions in public buildings and street corners. From Shakespearean classics to cabaret, the festival boasts acts from across the artistic spectrum.

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Festival d'Avignon: after dark Festival d'Avignon: after dark

With a carnival atmosphere, film screenings, street entertainers and live music, it's little wonder Festival d'Avignon’s evening ambiance is considered electrifying. Delight in unique performances within the ‘Off’ festival’s circus tent, and experience local musical acts at the festival bar. Enjoy acclaimed directors' one-off evening performances, or spend your evenings meandering through the festival site, standing in awe at the impressive venues under a sparkling moonlit sky.

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Festival d'Avignon: the city Festival d'Avignon: the city

Festival d'Avignon’s charm is underlined not only by its artistic line-up, but also by its host city, which provides the perfect backdrop to this theatre fiesta. Lying within the sun-kissed southern French region of Provence, Avignon’s picturesque ancient streets and imposing Gothic architecture allows you to explore far more than the festival itself. Saunter across Le Point Saint-Benezet and delight in local delicacies at the city's daily food market, or enjoy the city from the glistening waters of the River Rhone, and bask in Avignon's medieval splendour.

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Festival d'Avignon: the outskirts Festival d'Avignon: the outskirts

Venture beyond Avignon and explore Provence’s dazzling countryside that has inspired artists such as Van Gogh. Enjoy a sojourn in the heart of Alpilles at the serene village of Les Baux de Provence, marvel at breathtaking panoramas of Arles and Camargue, or amble through the narrow cobbled streets of Gourdes, overlooking the dramatic Luberon Mountain range. Be inspired by France’s largest spring at Fontaine de Vaucluse, and wonder at the spectacular red cliffs and ochre quarries at Rousillon.

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Holiday Rentals in Avignon

Apartment Holiday flat, Avignon in Vaucluse - 6 persons, 3 bedroom(s)

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studio - 1 room - 2 persons

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Nice house with swimming pool and separate studio. Near AVIGNON

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