Performing Arts Festivals in France 2014

June 5, 2014 | By FRENCH CULTURE ARTS

From street performances to avant-garde dance and cutting edge theater, France's many performing arts festivals offer a glimpse into current performance in the country and beyond. In addition to world-renowned festivals such as the Festival d’Avignon now under the leadership of Olivier Py or the Festival International de Théâtre et de la Rue in Aurillac, June Events (Paris) also offers innovative programming this summer. Additionally, the 16 th Dance Biennale will open on September 10 in Lyon this year with the famous “défilé” (parade) taking place on September 14 and a special French Dance Focus with 10 companies and a series of talks between September 17-20.

The festival season continues unabated into the fall with performances such as the FOCUS Cirque in Toulouse and Auch (October 17-21), Automne en Normandie (November 12-December 9), and the Festival d'Automne in Paris (September 4-December 31st).

The Theater and Dance Office of the Arts Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy has provided a list below of festivals that represent some of the most original and creative programming from across the vibrant contemporary performance world. For a more comprehensive overview of summer festivals in France, read Telerama’s annual. You can also check out their dance and theater for specific roundups.

Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine St-Denis
// May 6 – June 14
// Paris (Seine St-Denis)

June Events
// June 4 – June 20
// Paris La Cartoucherie

Festival International des Etés de la Danse
// July 10 – June 26
// Paris Théâtre du Chatelet

Festival Quartier d’été  
// July 14 – August 15
// Paris

Festival d’Automne  
// Sept 4 – Dec 31
// Paris


North of France

Latitudes contemporaines  
// June 4th – June 20th 
// Lille – Roubaix – Armentières  


South of France

Festival Uzès Danse 
// June 13 – June 18
// Uzès

Festival de Marseille 
// June 19 – July 12
// Marseille  

Montpellier Danse 
// June 22 – July 9
// Montpellier

Festival des arts lyriques 
// June - July
// Aix-en-Provence

Festival d’Avignon (IN)
// July 4 – July 27
// Avignon

Festival d’Avignon (OFF)
// July 5 – July 27
// Avignon

L’Eté Danse des Hivernales d’Avignon 
// July 10 – July 27
// Avignon

Festival International de Théâtre et de Rue 
// 'Préalables" Aug 11 – 18
// Aug 20 – Aug 23
// Aurillac

Festival de Chalon dans la rue  
// July 23 – July 27
// Chalon-Sur-Saône

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