In all aspects of its operations, the Festival is committed to defending and promoting its values in support of gender equality, diversity and the environment. Its Non-Profit Social Responsibility policy is implemented through a participative approach that involves all of the Festival’s stakeholders, thanks to insight provided by focus groups that include, on a voluntary basis, Festival employees who represent the overall diversity of the Festival staff.
Among the priority projects driven by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence are gender equality and the defence of diversity, notably by way of:
Audience diversity is one of the core missions of the Festival d’Aix. Since 2007, its educational and socio-artistic department (Passerelles) has addressed these concerns by offering a wide range of mediation initiatives, music workshops, and participatory projects with schools, non-profits and stakeholders in the social, medico-social, healthcare and penal spheres. All participants are then invited to experience an opera or a concert during the Festival.
The Festival guarantees specialized attention for persons with disabilities, including adapted seating in the theatre for a maximum audio and visual comfort.
Based on these commitments and values, shared by all, the Festival has embarked on a process and obtained AFNOR certification in 2021 in support of professional gender equality.
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
Since 2014, 16 of the most emblematic performance arts events in the Sud, Provence–Alpes–Côte d'Azur region have joined forces to create a new and unique initiative—the COFEES collective—in order to propose concrete and innovative actions in environmental and social matters, by adapting the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) ISO 26000 norm to their professional activity. This voluntary commitment is meant to raise awareness and to encourage cultural festivals to institute responsible practices, by exchanging knowledge, sharing means, and reducing their environmental impact, while still favouring dialog and collaboration between local stakeholders and local governments. Indeed, cultural events need to affirm their role as leaders in civic rights.
These festivals are held in six different departments of the Région Sud, and are centred around a variety of artistic disciplines:
Les Envies Rhônements (Bouches-du-Rhône)
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)