The BnF

Maison Jean Vilar

Avignon festival, 1995 © Daniel Cande

The maison Jean Vilar is jointly managed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Association Jean Vilar, in partnership with Avignon city and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It houses Jean Vilar's personal archives. It also gathers, preserves and enhances documents connected vwith all the seasons of Avignon festivals.

In the Maison Jean Vilar, the library is managed by the Performing Arts Department and proposes over 33 000 books and magazines about performing arts as well as archives and documentation about festivals and performing arts in Avignon. Entrance is free for all visitors, whether they be researchers, students, professional or amateur users. The library develops partnerships with teaching and training institutions.

All the year long and particularly during the Avignon festival, the Maison Jean Vilar organizes exhibitions, public readings, lectures and colloquiums.

Catalogs of the Maison Jean Vilar

Manuscripts and archive collections

In BnF archives et manuscrits, each archive collection includes a short historical introduction and a note about consultation procedures.

For certain collections, some specific research tools such as paper or / and handwritten inventories are made available to readers in the reading room.

Other documents

To narrow your search to the Maison Jean Vilar collections, please select 'Collections des départements spécialisés', then 'Maison Jean Vilar' in the 'Collections' heading.

All the documents are not listed in the Catalogue général. For certain documents, card catalogues can be consulted on-site: by authors, personalities, titles of works and subjects, periodical magazines.

Friday, September 2, 2016


Lenka Bokova
Phone : 33 (0)4 90 86 59 64
Fax : 33 (0)4 90 86 00 07
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