Disabled Access

The Festival d’Avignon commits to make sure that disabled people are not excluded from culture by progressively integrating specific measures.

Tactile model of La FabricA, 2020 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Better access for disabled people to the venues of the Festival, specific training so that our staff can answer the needs of disabled spectators, increase in the number of shows that are subtitled, but also use of connected glasses with built-in surtitles, video description… Making the Festival more accessible is a concrete challenge.

To know more: accessibilite(at)festival-avignon.com

In French and English, available and downloadable from this site, detailed maps of the site now allow the public to better orient themselves.

Know more about the festival's venues

Audio description and tactile model

Audio description

Every year, many shows are organically accessible to visually-impaired spectators who can experience the text and the stage performance of the actors. Audio description supplements this experience by providing information about direction, sets, and the actors’ postures, costumes, and movements. Those elements of description are pre-recorded and broadcast live by an audio description engineer, using headphones provided to all blind and visually-impaired spectators.

The Festival d’Avignon offers one performance with audio description during each edition. Large print and Braille playbills are available directly at the venue. Whenever possible, the performance is preceded by a tactile tour of the set and an encounter with the artistic team of the show. 

To ensure that the performing arts are accessible to all throughout the year, the Festival d’Avignon is committed to opening this programme to younger spectators and to raising awareness about blindness among younger audiences.

Tactile model

To allow spectators to further explore the Festival’s artistic environment, a tactile model of La FabricA, its permanent venue, is now available. Blind spectators can thus visit this theatre to better situate themselves in space and to discover what lies behind the scenes in this building that has presided over so much artistic creation.

Audio description at the Festival d’Avignon is a project supported by the Raze Foundation, in partnership with the Accès Culture association. The Festival has committed to loaning its audio description equipment out to its regional partners to provide better services to people with disabilities. The tactile model of La FabricA was designed and created by La Nouvelle Fabrique, in partnership with Accès Culture and with the support of Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC.

To know more: accessibilite@festival-avignon.com

Surtitles, French sign language, and audio equipment

Many shows are organically accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing spectators, such as dance or mime shows as well as foreign shows with French surtitles.

Every edition, the Festival d’Avignon provides tools for spectators to be able to better navigate the programme. A video in French sign language with surtitles presents the shows naturally accessible to deaf and-hard-of-hearing spectators. However, the whole programme is now available: since 2018, the entirety of Olivier Py’s presentation of the programme has been translated live into French sign language and been made available on the Festival’s website.

The Festival d’Avignon is also equipped with magnetic loop amplifiers, allowing for better audio perception for spectators wearing hearing aids. Individual amplifiers are available at La FabricA year round and at some venues during the Festival, depending on the programme.

The Benoît XII theatre is equipped with a magnetic loop amplifier.

To know more: accessibilite@festival-avignon.com

Accessibility to the programme and shows of the Festival d’Avignon for deaf and hard-of-hearing people is supported by Accès Culture. Surtitles and FSL dubbing for the presentation of the programme is done by URAPEDA-PACA. The Festival was able to acquire its audio equipment thanks to the support of Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC. The Festival has committed to loaning this equipment out to its regional partners to provide better services to people with disabilities.