Vaucluse in summer is a riot of lively gigs, theatre, and music festivals, with something for visitors of all ages. Keep cool in the heat with a refreshing dose of culture!
Jean Vilar set this up in 1947 to celebrate creativity in the dramatic arts of Avignon and well beyond. Each July, this first-class festival draws theatre buffs and holidaymakers from around the world, and the entire city bursts into life. Streets are packed with impromptu performances, and the theatres are open practically around the clock. It’s a carnival atmosphere – actors in full costume promenade around the pedestrianised streets, declaiming bits of dialogue and giving passersby a taste of the show they’re performing in one of the myriad theatres. Musicians and singers also meander around the city’s squares creating a joyous hullabaloo. Sitting on a cafe terrace watching this parade of theatricals is especially pleasant with the cicadas chirping in the trees…
Dance performances of all flavours feature on the programme offered by Vaison Danses Festival, the Avignon Hivernales, and the Folklories in Pernes les Fontaines. There are socially engaged works evoking the contemporary world in Vaison la Romaine.
Sensual, physical duos in Avignon interweave circus arts and dance, their joyful choreographies telling wonderful stories.
In Pernes les Fontaines, themes of love and fire are conjured up through colourful costumes and Mongolian throat singing that carries us away across continents.
There’s definitely something for everyone!
What’s your musical pleasure – lyrical or classical, jazz or rock, electro or French variety songs? Follow our guide to the rich musical menu on offer this summer in Vaucluse.
There’s opera and lyrical art with the Chorégies – faithful to their habitual venue, the magnificent Roman Theatre of Orange.
The vibe has more of a swing towards Mont Ventoux, at the Villes sur Auzon jazz festival. The Insane and Résonance festivals bring a lively atmosphere to Apt and Avignon.
Musicians of every genre, from rock to musical variety crooners, will be performing in the Luberon villages this summer.