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 to street theater in Street arts Festivals in Alès, Chalon-sur-Saône, and Aurillac, to dance at Montpellier Danse, 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 5th – June 28th // Lille
- Festival mondial des théâtres de marionnettes // September 20th – September 29th // Charleville-Mézières
South of France
- Festival de Marseille // June 14th – July 6th // Marseille
- Montpellier Danse Festival // June 22th – July 6th // Montpellier
- Printemps des Comédiens // May 31st – June 30th // Montpellier
- Crateres Surfaces, Alès international outdoor festival // July 1st – July 6th // Alès
- Festival international d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence // July 3rd – July 22nd // Aix-en-Provence
- Festival d’Avignon IN // July 4th – July 23rd // Avignon
- Festival d’Avignon OFF // July 5th – July 28th // Avignon
- Festival d’Aurillac // August 21st – August 24th // Aurillac
- Actoral // September 26th – October 13th // Marseille
- Biennale des arts de la marionnette // May 3rd – May 29th // Paris, théâtre le Mouffetard.
- Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine Saint-Denis // May 17th – June 22nd // Paris and its suburbs
- June Events- L’atelier de Paris // June 1st – 15th
- Paris l’été // July 12th – August 3rd
- Festival d’Automne à Paris // Fall // Paris and its suburb
East of France
- Chalon dans la Rue // July 24th – July 28th // Chalon-sur-Saône
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