The first edition of the Estates General of Festivals will take place on October 2 and 3 in Avignon.

Under the aegis of the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, an unprecedented time of exchange, sharing and consultation will be offered to artists, cultural actors, and local authorities, in two emblematic places of the city: the Palais des Papes Convention Centre and La FabricA.

For two days, the subjects and issues that affect the festival world as a whole will be presented in different sequences:

  • An introductory presentation by Emmanuel Wallon, Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Paris Nanterre, ;
  • A forum on the crisis and its impacts, hosted by Emmanuel Laurentin, journalist at France Culture;
  • A workshop on the evolution of economic models led by Emmanuel Négrier, research director at the CNRS;
  • A workshop on sustainable development and festivals hosted by Béatrice Macé, director of Trans Musicales de Rennes;
  • A workshop on festivals and territories hosted by Yveline Rapeau, director of the Pôle national des arts du cirque de Basse-Normandie and creator of the Spring festival;
  • A workshop on audiences and access for all to festivals hosted by Virginie de Crozé, director of communication and public relations at the Avignon festival;
  • A workshop on volunteerism and festivals, hosted by Jérôme Tréhorel, director of the Vieilles Charrues festival;
  • A workshop on the place of festivals in the artistic paths led by Dominique Hervieu, director of the Maison de la danse and the Biennale de la danse de Lyon;
  • A workshop on gender equality and diversity led by Joëlle Farchy, professor at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.

Due to restrictions due to strict application of sanitary measures, the gauges proposed in Avignon will be reduced. The recording of the various workshops will nevertheless make it possible to offer live and offline broadcasting, as well as remote participation via a LiveChat.

This unprecedented time of exchange will also take place in all the DRAC of France (Regional Departments of Cultural Affairs), which will decline the States General of Festivals in the territories.

At the end of these two days of study, work will continue on the proposals and priorities that have emerged.

The next meeting will take place in spring 2021, to present the results of this collaborative approach with cultural stakeholders, festival organizers and communities.

The complete programme of the States General of Festivals, in Avignon and in the DRAC, as well as the registration platform, are available at: