Bernard Faivre d'Arcier, a civil service administrator decided to join the Ministry of Culture after studies at the state administration school, ENA, in 1972.
He became cultural advisor close to the Prime Minister from 1984 to 1985, and launched the television channel La Sept, the French pole of the French-German channel Arte in 1986.
In 1989 he organised events celebrating the bicentenary of the French National Assembly. He was director of Theatre and Performance Art from 1989 to 1992.
From 1993 to 2003, he was the Director of the Festival d'Avignon once more. From 1993 to 1998 he was also Director of the Centre National du Théâtre and was Commissioner for the Hungarian Season in France in 2001.