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70e Festival d'Avignon

OpenFrom 06 July 2016 to 24 July 2016
July 6th to 24th.
The Avignon Festival, founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar in 1947, is one of the oldest and most famous theatre and performing arts festivals in the world. Festival performances take place throughout three entire weeks in July and feature the best playwrights and actors working in contemporary creations. The director of the festival, author, director and actor Olivier Py is emphasizes a Festival for the people, a celebration of the mind, the desire to hear from a new generation of artists, with programming open to all continents. The theme of the 2016 festival - L'Amour des possibles - (Love of What's Possible) clearly states the extent to which theatre is the space where political hope springs eternal.

The Avignon Festival is the opportunity for artists with different worlds of aesthetics to come together and expose and explore their worlds. Artists of many different origins, backgrounds and generations are on stage during the Festival, where avant-garde and tradition co-exist and overlap. There are more than 40 different shows performed in more than twenty venues which range from small 150-seat chapels to the 2000-seat legendary Cour d'Honneur at the Palace of the Popes. The new Festival venue, the FabricA, is also used and is now a year-round venue for theatre.

Hortense Archambault and Vincent Baudriller, appointed directors in 2003, set up the Festival offices in Avignon in order to anchor the festival in its territory. In September 2013, the new director Olivier Py - himself an author, stage director and actor - clearly stated his intention to pursue this direction. Olivier Py seeks to make the Festival both a popular event that appeals to all kinds of people and a challenging event that expands our ways of thinking.

The themes of the 2016 Avignon Festival are eminently political, hands-on with the world that surrounds us, international in dimension. Subjects touch on, explore and speak of the rise of demagogy and nationalism and the powerlessness of politics, and they look at the Middle East....
The Festival presents 51 shows of which 26 are plays, 7 are dansc, 14 indisciplinary, 4 musical performances and 2 exhibitions. 36 are new creations and artists from many countries outside of France are on stage (Spain, Greece, Austria, Belgium...). Approximately half the texts are by French authors and the other half by authors other than French.
The high point is without a doubt the return of the Comédie Française, after 24 years of absence, with the play Les Damnées, in the Cour d'Honneur, directed by Ivo Van Hove.

The artists or artists' collectives present this year include La Piccola Familia, La Comédie Française - with D. Podalydès, G. Gallienne - M. Poésy, O. Py, Ivo Van Hove, T. Thieû Niang, Bliztheatregroup, A. Liddell, J. Gosselin, M. Louarn, B. Vantusso, P. Quignard and M. Vialle, AC. Vandalem, O. Abusaada, C. Rainer, T. Harrell, J. Lebigot, A. Gitaï, J. Bellorini, A. Meunier, FC. Bergman, S. Jupither, A. Bory, A. Chahrour, T. Jolly, M. Chouinard, Raoul Collectif, K. Lupa, N. Truong, M. Leyera, Stereoptik, L. Gruwez, D. Hamdani, C. Le Picard, S. Teyssot-Gay, K. Serebrennikov, S. Larbi Cherkaoui and D. Jalet, A. Reza Koohestani, M. Nammour, General Elektriks, R. Wainwright...

In addition to these performances, the Festival also means a fertile period of ideas, exchange, discussion, debate, conferences and musical and cinema offerings.

Reservations open
On site at the Cloître St Louis:
- Saturday June 11th, from 1 to 6pm
- Then starting of June 13th and going until July 5th, Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.
- As of July 6th, evern day from 10 am to 7pm.

On June 13 at 10am by telephone and Internet
By phone: + 33 (0)4 90 14 14 14
- June 13 to July 5, Monday to Friday 10 am to 5pm
- starting July 6, every day 10am to 7pm.


ContactThéâtres et lieux de spectacles 84000 AVIGNON site : http://www.festival-avignon.comtel : 04 90 27 66 50