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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 time an exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculptures was organised by Christian Zervos, an art critic and collector, and by René Char, the poet.
Vilar proposed three productions : Shakespeare's Richard II, that was little known at the time in France; Paul Claudel's Tobie et Sara and Maurice Clavel's second play, La Terrasse de Midi. This very first Festival d'Avignon in September 1947 set the scene as a showcase for unknown work and modern scripts.
This tradition exists today and now each year there are more than 950 performances taking place during the Festival including Theatre, Dance, Cabaret, Street Performance, Comedy and Mime.
Since 1947 the Festival has presented great names from the world of theatre and dance such as Gerard Phillipe, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Marais, Maurice Bejart and Pina Bausch.
Le Festival d'Avignon runs for approximately
15 - 20 days each July and still remains the largest theatre Festival anywhere, which attracts performers and audiences from all over the world.