Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar and now run by the playwright, actor and director Olivier Py, the Avignon Festival is one of the most important international events displaying prominently performing arts. Each year in July, Avignon becomes a city-theatre, transforming its architectural patrimony in various venues for performances, like the majestic "Cour d'honneur" of the Popes’ Palace. More than ten thousand theatre lovers, irrespective of age, meet there to discover around forty productions, constituting a programme mainly centred on first nights. Considered to be the Mecca of contemporary creation, the Avignon Festival is also famous for its broad audience that shares the same risks of creation. For Avignon is above all a state of mind: for three weeks on end, the city becomes an open-air forum where spectators, journalists, professionals and artists debate on an Art which, definitely, is living.
The Avignon Festival is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the City of Avignon, the Department of Vaucluse, the Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Agglomeration community of Grand Avignon and the Culture programme of the European Commission.
The details of programming the 68th Avignon Festival here.