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The Institut français at the Avignon Festival


Updated on 16/09/2019

As part of the 73rd edition of the festival, the Institut français is organising two gatherings focused on challenges related to the international development of the performing arts, and is taking part in a few professional meet-ups. It also supports the Avignon festival's commitment to offering personal multilingual subtitling via smart glasses for international programmers.

From 8th to 13th July, the Institut français’ presence is structured around several gatherings and meet-ups focused on mobility and the development of international projects :


Tuesday 9th July – 11:30 to 12:30

As part of La Manufacture’s International Focus event, the Institut français presents its offering of support for theatre production to some fifteen international industry professionals.


Wednesday 10th July – 12:00 to midnight

At the Maison Jean Vilar, ARTCENA and the Institut français welcome the public and professionals for “12 Hours of Set Design! ".

This is an exploration of the "Ninth School", one of the two French pavilions presented at the Prague Quadrennial last June, featuring students from 8 French institutions of higher education. They accompanied the “France Pavilion” featuring Philippe Quesne's “Microcosm”, which won the prize for the best “Countries and Regions” pavilion.

With : Philippe Quesne, design students, artists

Open to all.

 With the support of the Ministry of Culture Bureau for Artistic Design (DGCA) and the Prague Institut français.


Friday 12th July

  • from 9h30 to 12h30

Institut français Gathering – Cloiter Saint Louis

For this edition of the Festival, Olivier Py invites us “to make theatre an art of the future to dismantle loneliness”. By working with young actors who are contributing to the construction of a Europe of Culture and by introducing new authors and new dramaturgical styles to audiences around the world, the Institut français and its partners support this goal.

As such, three series are being offered:

- Meetings with European actors,

- Social activism in art by young people,

- The movement of authors.

With Alexandra Badea, writer and director, Lucas Bonnifait, actor, co-director of La Loge, co-founder of the inter-regional network Power 4, Caroline Coll, Cultural Attaché for Argentina and Performance Art Representative for Spanish-speaking South America, Claire Dupont, Director of Prémisses, Solal Forte, actor, artistic director of the European Centre for Young Theatrical Creation, Milos International Festival, Sedjro Giovanni Houansou, author, director and entrepreneur in Benin, Caroline Marcilhac, Director of Théâtre Ouvert – The National Centre for Contemporary Dramaturgies, Fanny Rolland, manager of the Institut français Residencies Department, Jacques Vincey, actor, stage director, director of the Tours National Drama Centre - Olympia Theatre

 Open to all.


  • from 14h to 16h30 – Ile Piot

With the support of the Institut français and Occitanie on Stage, Occitanie is showing off its circus in Avignon and organising a meeting around the international mobility and dissemination of contemporary circus.

Launched in 2018, this series of meetings explores the networks, systems and initiatives working to promote the international mobility and distribution of contemporary circus.


  • from 15h to 16h30

Workshop – The Institut français, for new mobility initiatives in Europe

Working meeting around I-Portunus

A Project of the European Union Creative Europe Programme which supports the mobility of artists and cultural professionals in Europe. It is managed by the Goethe Institute in partnership with the Institut français, Izolyatsia (Cultural Platform based in Ukraine) and the Nida Art Colony at the Vilnius Arts Academy.

By registration


  • from 16h30 to 18h – Off Village

As part of the International Focus of the Off Festival, the Institut français is taking part in the round table focused on Francophone theatre scenes.


Saturday, 13th July

  • from 9h30 to 13h – la Chartreuse

At La Chartreuse in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, the Institut français is taking part in the "INFINITY AND BEYOND" round table (international authors), organised by the General Assembly of Theatre Writers (“États Généraux des Écrivains et Écrivaines de Théâtre”), on the question of the translation, distribution, reading and representation of French-language dramatic works abroad.


  • from 11h to 12h – Jardin de la Rue de Mons

The Institut français is continuing its partnership with RFI for the series of RFI readings "Hello, hello world!" from 13th to 18th July at 11:00.

For this 7th gathering, RFI presents a series of readings by Francophone authors.

A former beneficiary of the Institut français Visa for Creation award – and winner of the 2018 RFI Théâtre prize, Sedjro Giovanni Houansou (Benin) opens the reading series with his text "Les Inamovibles" on 13th July at 11:00


The Institut français will also sign partnership agreements with the Avignon Festival and with La Chartreuse to develop their international activities.