Social Events

Welcome Cocktail Reception

  • When: Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 19:15-20:30
  • Location: Pont d'Avignon (Pont de Saint Benezet)
  • Price: Included in workshop registration for participants only.

Extra tickets can be purchased.

Listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, the Saint-Bénézet Avignon Bridge attracts more than 300,000 visitors per year. Of the bridge itself, there only remains the four famous arches and the Philippe le Bel tower on the Villeneuve-lès-Avignon side, and of course, the famous song known around the world. In the Middle Ages, the Saint Bénézet bridge was part of one of the most important pilgrimage routes between Italy and Spain. It would become essential to the pontifical court, which settled in Avignon in the 14th century and to access the many residences that the cardinals had had built outside the city on the other side of the river.

The reception will be held in the courtyard at the base of the bridge with exclusive access to the bridge itself as the bridge will be closed to the public. Participants must exit the premises at 20:30 since it is an historical monument to enjoy dinner in any one of Avignon's outstanding restaurants.

OPTIONAL Rhone River Dinner Cruise

  • When: Friday, June 21, 2019 from 20:00-22:30
  • Location: Rhone River
  • Price: €65 per person/40 person minimum

Board this cruise at the Allée de l'Oulle in Avignon and travel past famous the bridge of Avignon (the Pont St Bénezet), the Palace of the Popes, the rock of the Doms and turn around the quay line at the Halte Nautique Avignon. The boat will join the arm of the Villeneuve Lez Avignon, said to be the live arm of the Rhone River, passing at the foot of the Tower Philippe Le Bel, Fort St André and turning around to reach the pier. Fourse course dinner and local Rhone wines included.

Farewell Gala Dinner in a Wine Producing Chateau

  • When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Location: Chateau Pont Royal
  • Price: Included in workshop registration for participants.

Extra tickets can be purchased.

Located between a wooded park of 10 hectares and a French garden of 1000 square meters not far from Avignon, the Château Pont Royal opens its gates to a historic place with timeless charm. An authentic family property of the seventeenth century set amongst vineyards of the famous wine producing area, enjoy an evening of cocktails in the garden while enjoying the setting sun and dinner and dancing under the warm light of the ancient stone walls. The chateau's exclusive wines will be served for the evening's event.