The Provençal Festival boasts dozens of venues stretching between Montpellier and Menton, selected according to the precise nature and availability of each participating ensemble. We also work in collaboration with summer series and festivals throughout the region. Here are a few of our principal venues:
CATHÉDRALE ST. SAUVEUR, AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Founded in 123BC by the Romans, Aix-en-Provence is a picturesque spa town famous for its artistic heritage (the town has been home to Cézanne, Zola and Hemingway to name but a few), vibrant market squares and a thriving university and cultural scene.
The Cathédrale de St-Sauveur is a national momument of France, begun in the 12th Century and containing parts of a baptistry dating from the 6th Century AD.
PALAIS DES EVÊQUES, BOURG-ST-ANDÉOL
This magnificent medieval Bishop’s Palace in the Ardèche valley is home to a series of concerts and cultural events throughout the summer months that are well attended by locals and tourists alike.
It has a delightful concert hall, seating 40 musicians, as well as a marble-paved grand courtyard overlooking the river Rhône which accommodates up to 70.
ARLES (FESTIVAL RUES EN MUSIQUE)
Home to Vincent Van Gogh, Arles is the capital of the Camargue region of Provence and boasts a beautifully preserved roman amphithetare from the 1st Century AD, seating 20,000 spectators and still in use today.
Perform to hundreds in front of the Mairie on the main square Place de la République, or to a packed-out local crowd in Place Voltaire as part of the town's summer music festival Rues en Musique.
Eglise Notre Dame, La Ciotat
La Ciotat is a charming port just south of Marseille, dominated by the light and extremely spacious Eglise Notre Dame right on the water’s edge.
The national game of pétanque was invented in La Ciotat, and the picturesque town also provided the setting for the first recorded motion picture to be shown commercially. Spend your time relaxing on sandy beaches, watching boats sailing in and out of the harbour and sampling delicious, fresh fish straight from the Mediterranean sea before your evening concert.
Kiosque à Musique des Allées, Cannes
Inaugurated on 14th July 1880, the Municipal Bandstand in Cannes is found at the heart of La Croisette, on the main square surrounded by cafes, bars and trendy restaurants and just metres from the shore and the famous Palais des Festivals.
La Citadelle, Villefranche-sur-Mer
A jewel of the French Riviera, Villefranche-sur-Mer is an authentic, charming fishing village nestled in between Nice and Monaco.
Their magnificent 16thCentury Citadel houses a natural outdoor theatre, with an unrivalled view over the yacht-sparkled harbour and Mediterranean sea.
Abbaye de St. Michel à Frigolet, Tarascon
The Abbaye de Frigolet is a stunning 12th-Century abbey still run by St Augustine monks, in the heart of the countryside between Arles and Avignon.
The concert venue is the Abbey’s vast Basilique, which never fails to impress by its marvellous acoustics and exquisite décor.