sound and lights festival Helios Avignon, Source: City of Avignon

Free festival of sound and lights promotes the heritage of Avignon

Free festival of sound and lights promotes the heritage of Avignon

Last year’s edition saw a record of 120,000 spectators

This year, Avignon will once again welcome the iconic sound and lights festival Hélios. The fourth edition of the famous event will take place in the French city from 25 July to 30 August, with projections happening every evening from 21.30 to 23.30. Not only is it expected to be a spectacular form of entertainment after months of lockdown, but it will also give its visitors a chance to learn and explore the historic buildings, temporarily turned into projection screens.

Light and music against Covid-19

After the success of the previous three editions, the last of which attracted more than 120,000 visitors, the free Helios sound and light festival is back in Avignon with new shows and new exceptional venues. With many digital events, the HELIOS Festival wants to create a bridge between eras and generations; to underline the talent of the builders from the past centuries using modern techniques. Here are are the most interesting parts of the programme:

Projections on the facades of monuments (video-mapping)

  • Petit Palais Museum (Square Palais),
  • City Hall (l'Horloge Square),
  • Célestins Church (Corps-Saints’ Square)
  • Saint-Pierre Basilica (Carnot Square) - NEW

Luminous objects

  • Saint-Didier Square
  • Pie Square

Routes promoting local heritage - new

  • Bancasse Street
  • Carnot Street

2020 has seen dark months, let us make some space for light”, said the Mayor of Avignon Cécile HELLE about this year’s edition of the event of world renown.

Finally, in order to ensure the safe holding of the event, there will be disinfection gel, clear markings on the ground to limit the groups of visitors or individuals and a guide will be helping them keep a safe distance. The visit is entirely free and flyers with more information are available at the reception of the City Hall and at the Tourist Office of Avignon.



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