The Avignon Festival is the calendar highlight of theatre lovers. This massive festival is a big part of the town's cultural heritage, taking over for 3 weeks in July. This year is the 72nd annual festival.
To be an international meeting place for innovation and creation in the performing arts; to give poetry, modern literature, and philosophy a prominent place; to attract young audiences; to increase the Festival’s presence at the local level; to make new technologies vectors of social and cultural integration: those are the goals Olivier Py has chosen for a Festival its audience sees as “an international celebration of the performing arts,” at once “a keeper of our dramatic traditions” and a supporter of “new, experimental paths,” whose aim is to “skillfully render the complexity of our modern world.”
The Festival d’Avignon can be summed up as 72 years of universalism dedicated to preserving our cultural heritage and encouraging contemporary creation. 71 years of dialogue between art and the social reality of our world. 71 years of a political and aesthetic project which serves as witness to the great metamorphoses of the performing arts and, through them, the diversity and complexity of the world.