Our approach to sustainable development

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.


  • Waste resulting from communications has been halved after adjusting the number of publications and providing digital alternatives, collecting programmes left behind by audience members and recycling all decorative PVC banners and signage.
  • At the Festival venues, our ongoing partnership with the Aix Urban Community has again promoted waste sorting and optimal management of the litter left behind by festival-goers.
  • A new partnership with the social integration company Elise has helped to optimise sorting of waste from the Festival teams.


  • The Festival is continuing to encourage the public to opt for car-pooling, especially through the Aix Automobile Club, and for public transport, in partnership with the Region's public transport networks.
  • Since 2014, the Festival has hired 3 hybrid vehicles for the logistics teams and has trained staff in energy-efficient driving. The Nissan Couriant car dealership and the Aix Ecomobile Club put two electric vehicles at the disposal of the Festival as part of a partnership, for short journeys between the Venelles workshops and the Festival venues. In two years, these combined actions have led to a reduction of 31% in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Energy & Water

  • To cut the Festival's energy and environmental costs, an energy manager was called in to study the Festival's contracts and raise employee awareness.
  • With the help of the ADEME agency and the PACA Region, the Festival workshops purchased a painting-equipment cleaning cabin operating in a closed circuit to prevent paint being added to the waste-water system.

Responsible purchasing

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.

Communication and raising awareness

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".

Social and societal approaches

  • The Festival carries out a mission of training and professional integration through the Académie and hosts workshops for young trainees as part of apprenticeship contracts.
  • As an innovative player in bringing art and culture to wider sections of society, the Festival d'Aix has been developing educational and social-artistic projects in the region for many years now. The long-term Passerelles initiatives are a laboratory for introducing opera to young people, families, to the most fragile and to people with limited access to culture.
    They help to generate a dynamic at the Festival, thanks to the commitment of a wide network of teachers, educational players, associations and artists/teachers. Through mutual feedback on experience, ideas and assessments with these partners and our audiences, the Festival seeks to play an active part in the region's cultural development.

Passerelles News


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.

Further information about 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

Eco-Friendly Festival-Goer

Eco-Friendly Festival-Goer Charter (pdf)
City map showing the Festival d'Aix venues (pdf)

Responsible transport

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

Ecologically Responsible and Solidarity Festivals Collective in the PACA region

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)
Marsatac (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)

Futher information about COFEES

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Développement durable