Summer returns with its numerous performing art festivals in France. From long-running and world-renowned festivals such as the Festival d’Avignon to younger and bold programmings like the Festival Latitudes contemporaines in Lille, from spoken theater to hybrid and multidisciplinary performances with the Festival de Marseille, from street theater at the Festival international de théâtre de rue in Aurillac to dance with Montpellier Danse and the Lyon Dance Biennial, a great diversity of artists comes to France and performs throughout the summer and the fall.

Here is a selection of the festivals in France that present the most innovative works from across the contemporary performance world.

North of France
Latitudes contemporaines // June 4th – June 19th // Lille

South of France
Printemps des Comédiens // June 1st – June 30th // Montpellier
Festival de Marseille // June 15th – July 8th // Marseille
Montpellier Danse Festival // June 22th – July 7th // Montpellier
Festival international des arts lyriques // July 4th – July 24th // Aix-en-Provence
Festival d’Avignon IN // July 6th – July  24th // Avignon
Festival d’Avignon OFF // July 6th – July 29th // Avignon
Festival d’Aurillac // August 22nd – August 25th // Aurillac
Actoral // September 25th – October 12th // Marseille

Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine Saint-Denis // May 16th – June 16th // Suburb of Paris
Festival d’Automne à Paris // Fall // Paris and its suburb

East of France
Chalon dans la Rue // July 18th – July 22nd // Chalon-sur-Saône
Lyon Dance Biennial // September 11th – September 30th // Lyon with q FOCUS Dance organized by ONDA (September 19-22)

West of France
Festival TNB // November 15th – November 18th // Rennes

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