Avant-garde in Avignon - the Festival d'Avignon 2011
France’s largest, most avant-garde performing arts festival opens on Wednesday in Avignon. Directors and choreographers, French and foreign, have complete artistic licence in the spectacular mediaeval city. And there are over 1,000 unofficial shows. For three weeks there's creative chaos in churches, storefronts, schools, open-air cloisters and the vast courtyard of the 14th-century Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes).