The Versailles Festival is an annual celebration of classical performance and renowned musical history that is held each year at the Chateau de Versailles just southwest of Paris. Since 2010, this emotional event has been paying tribute to the history of the performing arts through a variety of different shows, performance, and remarkable choreography. The grounds of Versailles themselves are a historical spectacle in and of themselves, but during the approximate 6 week summer festival, guests can enjoy a variety of different concerts and theatrical happenings.
There are three main venues that host these epic performances, including The Royal Opera, The Royal Chapel, and The Hall of Mirrors. There are also several open air performances scheduled for the outdoor garden areas. Perhaps one of the most acclaimed experiences at the Versailles Festival includes the superb musical fountain shows followed by an exciting display of fireworks. For the ultimate experience in luxury and indulgence, consider purchasing VIP tickets which provide all inclusive access to lounge areas, along with a lavish dinner and champagne.
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.