Summer is here, cultural life is back and travel in Europe is possible again. For this 20th and last Special Letter on the best of cultural Europe, the Foundation offers you a selection of shows to follow in July and August. Some of the biggest and most renowned festivals will not take place this year. But all over the continent, other festivals will be held, in reduced format or partially online. Here are a few to discover. Have a great summer!


Athens & Epidaurus

The Athens & Epidaurus festival is being held until August 15 at the Odeon of Herod Atticus, in the Greek capital, and in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. It offers contemporary theatre and classical works, including Aristophanes' ancient comedy Lysistrata, Francis Poulenc's lyrical tragedy La voix humaine and Monteverdi's opera Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria.

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Avignon Dream

The Avignon Festival, cancelled this year, becomes "Un Rêve d'Avignon" on the initiative of the public audio-visual sector. Shows, fictions, interviews and documentaries related to the festival will be broadcasted throughout the month of July on the radio and television channels as well as on the websites of France Télévisions, Radio France and Arte.

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Royal festival of Spa

The Royal Spa Festival in Belgium will be held from July 31 to August 16, outdoors only. The programme - plays, comedies, children's shows, concerts, circus acts, readings and
exhibitions - will be available at the beginning of July.

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Festival of Almagro

The theatre festival in Almagro, Spain, will take place from July 14 to 26. 35 shows, concerts and exhibitions will be offered in 6 theatres and theatres in the city, as well as on the festival website. The 2020 edition honours the city of Valencia, as part of the 500th anniversary of Magellan's death, and will include a competition of baroque shows for children.

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Street theatre in Vilnius

The Lithuanian capital will host the Spot Street Theatre Festival from July 9 to 12. The programme includes audio walks, dance, theatre and orchestral performances.

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Paris in summer

The Paris summer theatre festival will take place from July 29 to August 2. It will welcome more than 200 artists who will be offering "floating concerts", interactive shows and "orchestrated readings".

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Dubrovnik Summer Festival

The 71st edition of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will take place from July 10 to August 25. The city will vibrate to the rhythm of theatre, music and dance in the streets, parks and various halls.

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Night at the Invalides

From July 18 to August 29, the show "In the Beginning" will take the audience on a journey through 3,000 years of history, from the Gauls to the great men and military leaders who designed the former Lutetia, the site of the Invalides and today's Paris, in the main courtyard of the Invalides.

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Summer Festival of Verona

In the city's Roman arenas, the Verona Summer Festival will present a series of concerts by 31 Italian artists to an audience limited to 1,000 people from July 25 to August 29. Afterwards, a concert or gala will be held every week until August 29, with the entire programme as a tribute to the art of music, hope and resilience after the ordeal of the pandemic.

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Festival of Aix-en-Provence

From July 6 to 15, the digital stage of the Festival d'Aix en Provence will offer four daily events accessible in part on Arte and France Musique, and in full on the Festival website. On the programme throughout the day: debates on artistic creation, the broadcasting of archives, the retransmission of recitals or concerts mostly from the original programme and the rebroadcasting of the Festival's flagship productions.

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Festival of Salzburg

The Salzburg Festival, which is celebrating its centenary, will be held from August 1 to 29 in a smaller format, with fewer performances and venues. 110 operas, classical music concerts and plays will be performed in 8 venues in the city.

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Ibiza concerts

The 3rd edition of Ibiza concerts, the International Classical Music Festival of the white island of the Balearics, is being held from August 27 to 29. Concerts will played works by Bach, Beethoven, Frank and Chausson.

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Chopin Festival in Warsaw

The 16th "Chopin and his Europe" festival, dedicated to the composer and his contemporaries, will be held in Warsaw from August 15 to September 1, and will also be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook. The programme will be detailed at the beginning of July.

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Old Music in Innsbruck

The Innsbruck Early Music Festival, dedicated to music from the 16th and 17th centuries, will take place from July 31 to August 30. Several operas will be performed such as Leonora by Ferdinando Paer, Rinaldo by Handel or the Empio punito by Alessandro Melani. Workshops will be held to learn how to make a violin.

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Piano at La Roque d’Anthéron

The 40th edition of the Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival will take place from the August 1 to 21. The two stages, immersed in the heart of the park of the Florans Castle, will host around sixty performances, with an average of two or three concerts per day. The concerts will be broadcast live on France Musique from August 1 to 11.

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Music Festival of Moritzburg

On the terraces and gardens of the Baroque castle and in the village church, the 28th Moritzburg Festival in Moritzburg, Saxony, from August 2 to 16, will feature works by Dvorak, Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

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Chamber Music in Salon de Provence

The Salon-de-Provence International Chamber Music Festival will be held from July 31 to August 8 with some thirty leading soloists in several venues, including the Château de l'Empéri and the Abbaye de Sainte-Croix.

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Jazzaldia of San Sebastian

From July 22 to 26, San Sebastian will host the 55th edition of Jazzaldia, a festival celebrating European jazz. Among the artists who will perform on stage are pianists Chano Dominguez and François Couturier, as well as the Portuguese singer and Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral.

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Stresa Festival

The 59th edition of the Stresa festival in Italy will take place from July 18 to 25 and from August 20 to September 5, under the artistic direction of Gianandrea Noseda. The programme and venues of the concerts will be announced soon on social networks and in the festival newsletter.

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Jazz Festival of Ystad

The jazz festival in Ystad, Sweden, has scheduled 23 events and concerts in several locations in the city from July 30 to August 2, which will also be broadcast live online.

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Jazz & Gastronomy

The Jazz Piknik festival will take place from August 20 to 22 in Paloznak on Lake Balaton. About thirty concerts are scheduled and part of the event is dedicated to gastronomy.

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The Glastonbury Festival

The Glastonbury Festival, one of the UK's leading summer events, is being held exclusively online from June 25 to 29. Playlists of artists who should have performed this year, as well as landmark concerts from previous editions, are available on the festival's website and that of the BBC.

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Rock Werchter

The festival in Werchter, near Brussels, will welcome only 200 spectators in an open-air bar from July 2 to 5 for small concerts with, among others, Selah Sue. On July 5, a special concert will be broadcast online with Emma Bale, Glints, SONS, Eefje de Visser and Arno.

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Tomorrowland, an electronic music festival, will take place online on July 25 and 26. It will mix big names from the world electro dance scene with 3D design, video production and special effects technologies, and will feature eight different stages as well as interactive activities (webinars, games, workshops).

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The 2020 edition of the Pol'and'Rock festival, usually held in Western Poland, will take place online from July 29 to 31. It will be completely free of charge and will feature concerts by Polish rock artists.

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Sofia Festival

The Sofia Film Festival is running outdoors and online until July 19 with a selection of international films and Bulgarian documentaries.

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Sarajevo Film Festival

The Bosnian capital is hosting its traditional film festival from August 2020 14 to 21. The festival site offers a round-table discussion about cinema, with Robert de Niro, one of its sponsors.

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Fantastic Films in Neuchâtel

The Neuchâtel Fantastic Film Festival in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, will take place exclusively online, from July 3 to 11, on the Cinefile streaming platform. The film broadcasts will include interviews every day at 9 p.m. on NIFFF TV and only "The Audience Award" will be given.

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The Venice Mostra

The 77th Venice International Film Festival, the Mostra, will take place from September 2 to 12.

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