After conducting a Carbon Accounting assessment on the activity of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in 2012, a strategy for sustainable development was set up for the next three years, including almost one hundred environmental, economic, social and governance measures. Since 2010, several key initiatives have focused on waste disposal, transport, natural resources, responsible purchasing, communications and raising awareness. Today, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence is seeking to reduce waste from stage-set construction through an ecological design project for stage sets funded by the ADEME agency and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) Region, and with the support of the French Culture Ministry.
The introduction of selective sorting in 2012 helped reduce landfill of waste from the Festival by 50%. Waste is still generated in large quantities due to the Festival's activity in staging performances. Since 2014, thanks to the programme of eco-design for stage sets, the Festival has been studying new materials and manufacturing processes that take into account the health of builders and fitters.
This innovative project is unique in Europe and has won the support and participation of a large number of national and international bodies (Lyon, Nice and Paris Operas, Théâtre du Chatelet, the Avignon Festival, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, France Télévisions, etc.).
In 2014, the Festival's costume workshops were already innovating with a training course in plant dyes from the GRETA organisation for Creation, Design and the Artistic Professions.
The sustainable development charter that has been drawn up, and now included in all specifications for the Festival, invites suppliers to adopt the environmental approach of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in their services and working methods. Environmental and local criteria are also included in the assessment and selection processes for new suppliers.
All the communications materials inform, promote and raise public awareness about the Festival's environmental initiatives, especially through the Eco-Friendly Festival Goer's charter displayed in all venues and available from the Festival website.
Similarly, all the Festival teams are involved through an internal charter included in work contracts and through our eco-ambassadors working together in the "Green Team".
All Festival venues are accessible to people with reduced mobility. For visually impaired or blind people, in collaboration with the Accès Culture association, the Festival stages performances at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché each year using audio-description.
To help anyone wishing to make a request relating to these measures, the Festival has created a special contact: call Sophie Ragot on 08 20 922 923 (12 cts€ / min) or +33 (0)4 34 08 02 17 (from abroad
Using public transport with Le Pilote (the last Cartreize network bus leaves Aix bus station for Marseille at 11.35 p.m.)
or with PACA Mobilité (last TER local train leaves Aix-en-Provence station for Marseille at 10.40 p.m.)
By carpooling with the Aix Automobile Club
The Festival d’Aix is a founding member of the Cofees group, bringing together 16 eco-festivals in the Region:
Les Envies Rhônements (Bouches-du-Rhône)
Les Joutes Musicales de Printemps (Var)
Festival Nuits Carrées (Alpes-Maritimes)
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône)
Festival d’Avignon (Vaucluse)
Festival OFF d’Avignon (Vaucluse)
Les Suds, à Arles (Bouches du Rhône)
Les Escales du Cargo (Bouches du Rhône)
Festival de Chaillol (Hautes Alpes)
Cooksound Festival (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)
Festival Zik Zac (Bouches-du-Rhône)
Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron (Bouches du Rhône)
Festival Résonance (Vaucluse)
Les Plages Electroniques (Alpes-Maritimes)
Festival Mimi (Bouches-du-Rhône)