|Country and Region||France — Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Orange, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France|
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The Chorégies d’Orange festival dates from 1860 and is the oldest festival in France. Over the years, the Chorégies have retained all of their freshness and originality, due in part to the name, which comes from the Greek “choreos”, linking them to the Grecian-Latin tradition, to the magnificent site where they take place: the perfectly preserved Roman Theatre, which can hold 9,000 spectators, and which still has its stage wall, the guarantee of exceptional acoustics, and to their vocation, which is lyrical and musical performances, placing them among the very best French festivals and certainly one with an indisputable international reputation.
|Festival Dates||July 15 - August 7, 2010|
- The Roman Theatre in Orange
One of the most beautiful monuments in France, is testimony to the Roman era. It is the only building of its kind which still has its acoustic stage wall, whose size is quite impressive. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the Roman Theatre was no longer used as a place for entertainment. In 1562, it was even transformed into a refuge for the population. Restoration only began in the early 1800’s, when the bleachers were rebuilt.