The Versailles Festival returns once more this year, bringing operas, open air concerts and ballets to the Château de Versailles. The festival will be held from 2 March throughout the summer.
The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV, France’s famous ‘Sun King’, transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful.
As a subsidiary of the Public Establishment of the Museum and National Estate of Versailles, the purpose of Château de Versailles Spectacles is to maintain the tradition of the Musical Fountains Show, which attracts more than a million spectators every year, and to create a season of live shows and outstanding events.
As the symbol of a triumphant monarchy, Versailles was both an artistic and political hub. Louis XIV assembled the most brilliant performers of the time on his estate and allowed new styles to blossom. This environment, shaped by the arts, lay at the heart of the most sumptuous festivals and celebrations: the most magnificent equestrian and nautical shows, banquets, plays, opera, ballet and fireworks followed each other in rapid succession.
Faithful to its history, the Palace of Versailles continues to be the setting for a widely varied cultural life and series of events. Leading international performers bring its most beautiful locations to life with both classic and modern works.
Château de Versailles
Établissement public du château, du musée et du domaine national de Versailles
78000 Versailles (20km south-west of Paris)
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