Le festival d’Avignon :
The Festival d'Avignon was founded by Jean Vilar in 1947.
Jean Vilar was invited to present his first great successful play - Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot in the Popes Palace. At the same moment and at the same place, an exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculptures was organised by Christian Zervos, an art critic and collector, and by René Char, the poet.
Vilar initially refused the invitation as for him the Cour d'Honneur of the Popes Palace was too vast and "shapeless" and he also lost the performance rights of the play.
However, he proposed three creations : Shakespeare's Richard II, one of the Bard's plays that was little known at the time in France; Paul Claudel's Tobie et Sara (Tobie and Sara), and Maurice Clavel's second play, La Terrasse de Midi (The Midday Terrace). The very first Festival d'Avignon in September 1947 set the scene as a showcase for unknown work and modern scripts.
Since 2004, Hortense Archambault and Vincent Baudriller have been co-directors of the Festival. At the heart of their project is the meeting between artistic creation and a large audience
The 64th Festival d'Avignon will take place from july the 7th to july the 27th.
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La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival
From july the 23rd to august the 22nd 2010
For 29 years now, the La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival has established itself as an exceptional event in the worldwide musical and piano landscape.
Though the Festival sites have been diversifying over the years, the Parc du Château de Florans remains the high spot for these unclassifiable encounters where all types of music come together: classical or contemporary…all styles: jazz or electronic…and all artists: young talent as well as the greatest international players.
The acoustic qualities of this stage, ideal for piano recitals as well as concertos and symphonies, can only enhance the wonders of this magical and legendary garden that carries the whole history of the Château de Florans.
Les Chorégies d’Orange
From july the 15th to august the 7th 2010.
The Chorégies d'Orange festival dates from 1860 and is the oldest festival in France.
Over the years, the Chorégies have retained all of their freshness and originality, due in part to the name, which comes from the Greek "choreos", linking them to the Grecian-Latin tradition, to the magnificent site where they take place: the perfectly preserved Roman Theatre, which can hold 9,000 spectators, and which still has its stage wall, the guarantee of exceptional acoustics, and to their vocation, which is lyrical and musical performances, placing them among the very best French festivals and certainly one with an indisputable international reputation.