The Festival d’Avignon, or Avignon Festival, is an annual arts festival held in the French city of Avignon every summer in July in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes as well as in other locations of the city.
Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, it is the oldest existent festival in France and one of the world’s greatest. Every year, the festival offers about 50 shows from France and all over the world, for nearly 250 performances. Many of these shows are created for the Festival, or are being shown for the first time in France.
Concurrently with the official festival, or the IN, the OFF welcomes more than 1,000 companies that perform on their own initiative in a hundred different venues, finding the necessary funding.
In 2018, STORY WATER, a collaboration between Emanuel Gat Dance and the prestigious Ensemble Modern from Frankfurt, was presented as a World Premiere at the festival.