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News of the Avinion Festival

The 76th edition of the Avinion Festival came to an end. In total, viewers of the festival could see 45 performances, some of them can still be seen thanks to special entries created by the event organizers.

Several shows have been recorded live on television and then broadcast on our website and those of the channels concerned. Miss Knife and her sisters will be broadcast live on August 11 at midnight on France 3, then available for replay on Culturebox. You can find Kirill Serebrennikov's The Black Monk and Anne Théron's Iphigenia in the "audiovisual" section. Other audiovisual resources have been put online on the site throughout the Festival: extracts from the shows, recordings of the meetings and debates, videos of our young culture reporters.

Olivier Py is the first director to run the Festival since the founder. This is the last edition of the festival under his management. It was under his leadership that the festival achieved record attendance (95.5% in 2019), which this year has slightly decreased after two years of the health crisis (92%). It prides itself on introducing a price of € 10 for under-26s (20% of the population are under 30, compared with 16% when he took office). His successor, the new artistic director of the 77th edition of the festiwal will be the Portuguese actor and director Tiago Rodrigues.

In France, he notably performed his Portuguese version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra at the Festival d'Avignon in 2015. By heart is presented in 2014 at the Théâtre de la Bastille, which later invites him to lead an "occupation" of the theater during two months in spring 2016, during which he created Bovary. Director of the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II in Lisbon since 2014, Tiago Rodrigues nevertheless continues to create shows using the limited means he has appropriated as his own artistic syntax. On a larger scale, he has become a builder of bridges between cities and countries, at once host and advocate of a living theatre. After being appointed as the future director of the Festival d'Avignon in July 2021, while presenting Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in the Cour d'Honneur du Palais des papes, he will take up his post in September 2022.