This conference will be held in Avignon located in Provence, in the south of France. Avignon is 3 hours from Paris by high-speed train and 45mn from the Marseille
"In Altera Roma" during the XIVth century, Avignon was the capital of the Christian world. The Popes palace from the XIVth century and the bridge Saint Bénezet from the XIIth century are listed among the world patrimony by the Unesco. Today Avignon is an important cultural and tourist crossroad. In 2000, Avignon was named "European city of culture".
In 1947, Jean Vilar fell in love with this town, to revive the creative impulsion of the Popes
times, he created what became later the most important theater festival in the world.
Each year in July, thanks to its 600 spectacles, the city hosts more than 570 000 spectators and
millions of visitors. There are two festivals in one, the official festival (IN) and the free one
(OFF), both illuminate the town with light and joy until the morning lights.
The conference itself will take place in the
Conference Centre that has the rare privilege of being
housed in two wings of the Popes' Palace which has been ranked "World Heritage" site by the Unesco.
Situated as it is in the
heart of a city which has made its cultural and touristic influence felt over
the whole world, it offers its guests an outstanding setting, with ceremonial rooms that witnessed the succession of kings
and princes of olden days.
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