Sunday, 16 October 2016
The Avignon Illuminations
I had seen the Avignon Illuminations (Les Luminessences d'Avignon) by Bruno Seillier advertised a lot since my arrival, and I thought it would be a nice thing to see with my Mam and Granma.
So, one evening during their stay we set off for the Palais des Papes (the Palace of the Popes), where the show would be taking place.
We arrived and bought our tickets, then had to queue and have our bags checked before we were able to make our way into the courtyard of the Palace. We were part of a diverse group of people: there was a big age range represented and I heard a number of languages being spoken.
The courtyard was dark and we were excited to find out what was going to happen. There was the option of sitting on the ground or standing and seeing slightly more; I chose to hop between the two. At last the show began.
It was excellent. Many different images and animations were projected onto the walls of the Palais, and the commentary switched between several different voices to tell the story of Avignon, the Palace and the Popes. Some of what we saw was truly beautiful; some was harrowing, for example the section about the Black Death, It was all, however, expertly done.
Music was a key part of the show, and the way it was mixed in with the other aspects was, again, very clever. It was just a really enjoyable and educational spectacle - and one that was moving, too. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Afterwards we walked back through Avignon towards the hotel. The old town was full of light and colour.
It was a great night - we were all glad we had decided to go and see the Illuminations.
Thanks for reading,