Kirill Serebrennikov's Le Moine Noir at the Festival d'Avignon in the Palais des Papes - Photo credit: Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'AvignonKirill Serebrennikov's Le Moine Noir at the Festival d'Avignon in the Palais des Papes - Photo credit: Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon
©Kirill Serebrennikov's Le Moine Noir at the Festival d'Avignon in the Palais des Papes - Photo credit: Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon|Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon

The Avignon Festival

The Festival d’Avignon was created in 1947 by Jean Vilar. The aim of this committed artist was to bring high quality programming to the widest possible audience, and in particular to young people, by presenting both classic authors and foreign playwrights who were often little-known in France, and by offering a different kind of theater from that practiced in Paris at the time. He associated a troupe of actors with his creations: Gérard Philipe, Michel Bouquet, Maria Casarès, Philippe Noiret, Jeanne Moreau… Little by little, he opened the Festival to dance, music and cinema. Jean Vilar was director of the Festival d’Avignon until his death on May 28, 1971.

Practical information

The 78th edition will take place from June 29 to July 21, 2024
  • Downtown traffic

From June 29 to July 21, traffic in the city center will be restricted from 12pm to 2am for motorized vehicles, including two-wheelers.

  • Parking in Avignon

To make parking easier, there are a number of park-and-ride facilities with free shuttles to the city center. More than 4,400 free spaces are available in the 5 park-and-ride facilities, with guarded parking from 10am to 2am.Controlled access to the city center for a calmer city, open to all, favoring soft mobility.

  • Bustival

A dozen bus lines are extending their timetables to around 1.30 hours, to make it easier for you to get to and from your destination late at night.

  • TER Nocturne

From June 29 to July 21, additional trains and buses will be offered until 11:30 p.m. from Avignon center station to Arles, Cavaillon, Carpentras and Orange.

Find all the essential information on our mobility plan

Avignon, the beating heart of theatrical creation

Like a beauty preparing to receive her beau, Avignon in July is decked out to welcome actors, musicians, acrobats, circus performers, dancers… and spectators! Since 1947 and Jean Vilar’s first theater week, Avignon has become a symbol of artistic creation. Taking over the Cour d’Honneur of the Palais des Papes, the cloisters and high-school courtyards, the Festival d’Avignon is a beating heart for lovers of the performing arts and theatrical discoveries. For three weeks, the often-demanding shows, discussions and debates keep Avignon residents and festival-goers talking.

Did you know?

The Avignon Festival is 40 shows, 400 performances (approx.) every year and over 130,000 spectators.

Avignon CitypassBenefit from the destination at the price
Earn more than 50€ on the tourist attractions of the City of Papes, direct access to museums and monuments of Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, discounts on your visiting guides and certain places. Activities, as well as your favorite station 24 or 48 hours!

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