Cloître Saint-Louis

Le Masque et la Plume, France Inter, Café des idées, Cloître Saint-Louis, 2023 © Alexandre Quentin / Festival d'Avignon

Events in 2024

La matinale - 16 July

  • Café des idées
Malicho Vaca Valenzuela, Boris Charmatz, Krzysztof Warlikowski

Free entrance

Art, sport and inclusion

Dialogue between artists and disabled sportspeople
  • Café des idées
With the 2024 Paralympic Games and the Fondation Crédit Coopératif

Justice and ethics

a conversation with Christiane Taubira
  • Café des idées
Christiane Taubira, Laure Adler

Theatre of hate and theatre of peace

How can we find our way back to dialogue?
  • Café des idées
With the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism

Free entrance

Antisemitism and Islamophobia

two concepts in mirror image?
  • Café des idées
In partnership with the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism

Free entrance

Les Assises de la diversité 

(Re)thinking diversity through the lens of intersectionality
  • Café des idées
with Troisième Lieu, a think tank incubated at Ateliers Médicis

Free entrance

4th Forum

Cultural intelligence
  • Professional meeting
With ANR, Thalie Santé and ONDA 


Accessible for people with reduced mobility. Resting seats are available.

There are no individual magnetic loops available in this venue.

Reception staff are present if needed. Please contact them if you have any requests or question.

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The place

A large and remarkably restored 17th-century building, the Cloître Saint-Louis is one of the Festival's nerve centres. It contains the Festival's offices, ticket offices, the Maison professionnelle du spectacle vivant en Avignon (professional house), as well as the Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Spectacles (ISTS) whose rooms welcome numerous professional encounters. Its courtyard in constent effervescence, is animated by debates and meetings on performing arts and cultural policy issues. Food and refreshments on site.

Café des idées

Centrally located and open daily, it is one of the beating hearts of the Festival, where artists, artistic teams, and spectators can meet and gather. It is welcoming to all who want to exchange thoughts about the shows of the Festival, confront their ideas to others, or listen to debates and criticism. A wealth of aesthetic, scientific, and societal points of view defended by artists, journalists, essayists, and researchers.