The Off festival – which is part of the main Avignon Festival, known as the In – takes place in July every year. Over 4,600 artistes from across France and the world descend on Avignon to perform more than 1,500 shows, transforming the town into one huge theatre of artistic expression, where all the performing arts are represented in hundreds of different venues.
The association “Avignon Festival & Compagnies manages the Avignon Off festival. There is every kind of performing arts in the Off: theatre, readings, café-theatre, circus, dance, music, street theatre … classical texts, modern texts, contemporary – for every kind of audience, every age.
Avignon Off kicks off with a major parade through the streets of the city, and a dance closes the festivities – gathering audiences and performers in a big dance in the Urbain V gardens. The programme can be seen on line around mid-June, and the big paper catalogue is available in early July.
You can order the programme on the Avignon Off site. Subscriber cards give you up to 30% off on the shows – subscription car dis for sale around mid-June.During the festival several venues host both audience and professionals, providing excellent opportunities to meet, to talk –Jeanne Laurent space, the lobby of the Avignon Town Hall (hôtel de ville), the Tourism Office – you will find programmes, subscription cards, info on the different troupes, and the festival bar, readings, conferences, the forum … and more !