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Festival d’Automne 2016

The annual theatre, dance and performance art festival returns to venues around Paris and Île-de-France, September 7-December 31 2016

© Festival d'Automne à Paris

When? September 7-December 31 2016
What? A four-month season celebrating the best of contemporary theatrical arts in Paris.
Where? Various venues around Paris

The Festival d’Automne returns in 2016 for its 45th edition, celebrating the best of contemporary arts in Paris, spanning theatre, dance, music, visual art and cinema. Apart from its exceptional length (four months), the Festival d’Automne also has enormous means at its disposal (with sponsorship from the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint-Laurent, Arte, Société Générale) and an exceptionally high-quality lineup. Highlights from this year’s line-up include star choreographers Lucinda Childs, Maguy Marin and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker teaming up for a fantastic night of dance, Tilda Swinton and Charlotte Rampling trying out performance art at the Musée d’Art Moderne, and a retrospective of Polish theatre director, Krystian Lupa. With events taking place in some of Paris’s greatest venues, including the Musée du Louvre, the Théâtre de la Ville, and the Centre Pompidou, as well as lesser-known ones like the Théâtre de Gennevilliers and the Théâtre Louis Aragon, the Festival d’Automne is surely one of the most democratic arts and culture festivals in Europe.

For more details and the full programme, click here.

Participating theatres and museums in the Festival d’Automne 2016

The Louvre


 The world's largest museum is also its most visited, with an incredible 8.8 million visitors in 2011. It is a city within the city, a vast, multi-level maze of galleries, passageways, staircases and escalators. It's famous for the artistic glories it contains within, but the very fabric of the museum is a masterpiece in itself...

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1st arrondissement

The Centre Pompidou

The primary colours, exposed pipes and air ducts make the Centre Pompidou one of the best-known sights in Paris. The then-unknown Italo-British architectural duo of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers won the competition with their 'inside-out' boilerhouse approach, which put air-conditioning, pipes, lifts and the escalators on the outside, leaving an adaptable space within...

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4th arrondissement

Théâtre de la Ville

Programming in this vertiginous concrete amphitheatre, hidden behind a classical façade, features hip chamber music outfits such as the Kronos and Takács Quartets and Early Music pioneer Fabio Biondi...

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4th arrondissement

Théâtre du Châtelet

This classical music institution is strengthening its reputation in other live artistic disciplines. Throughout the 20th century it played host to large ballet companies from all over the world as well as classical and popular music concerts and operetta shows. In keeping with its innovative spirit, the theatre has recently been hosting American musicals, pop and jazz concerts... 

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Les Halles

Odéon, Théâtre de L'Europe

Streams of original language plays put the neo-classical Théâtre de l'Europe in a league of its own. Highlights for 2012 include 'Prometheus Bound', from Aeschylus, directed by Oliver Py and August Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' (starring Juliette Binoche), plus the Impatience festival for young theatre companies...

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St Germain des Prés

Palais de Tokyo : Site de Création Contemporaine


When it opened in 2002, many thought the Palais' stripped-back interior was a design statement. In fact, it was a response to tight finances. The 1937 building has now come into its own as an open-plan space with a skylit central hall, hosting exhibitions and performances...

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16th arrondissement

Cité de la Musique

This Villette museum/concert complex welcomes prestigious names from all over the globe, and also does a fine line in contemporary classical, avant-jazz and electronica...

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Parc de la Villette

Musée Carnavalet


Here, 140 chronological rooms depict the history of Paris, from pre-Roman Gaul to the 20th century. Built in 1548 and transformed by Mansart in 1660, this fine house became a museum in 1866, when Haussmann persuaded the city to preserve its beautiful interiors...

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The Marais

Jeu de Paume

The Centre National de la Photographie moved into this site in 2005. The building, which once served as a tennis court, has been divided into two white, almost hangar-like galleries. It is not an intimate space, but it works well for showcase retrospectives...

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8th arrondissement