Vincent Beaume

Educational program

The Passerelles educational service develops increasingly innovative educational and artistic projects, nourished by meetings with the Festival artists. With its habitual energy and diversity of projects, year upon year it continues its drive to make art accessible to the many, along with its transmission of artistic excellence.

Since 2007, the Festival d’Aix has been working with the French Ministry of Education and the Aix-Marseille education authorities to offer a diverse programme of innovative artistic and cultural activities. Over the years, the programme has gone from strength to strength. Most of the educational programme’s work takes place within the education authority area of Aix-Marseille and that of its immediate neighbours, thus emphasising the local roots of the Festival.
A RESEO member and a partner of PREAC Bordeaux, the educational programme is involved in developing digital accessibility tools and is a stakeholder in innovative participatory projects (The Monster in the Maze 2015). The programme and its activities thus enjoy a national and European-level profile.

Its activities are tailored to the individual target audience: teachers from all sectors and disciplines, pupils and students at all levels, urban and rural educational institutions, Priority Education Networks and Higher Education institutions.

Through its actions, the education service hopes to:

Innovation and experimentation are central to the actions of the educational service, renewing and adding to programme content to allow students to formulate points of view on the productions in relation with their own lines of questioning. This work, which is both reflective and creative, supports the position of the opera as a living art.

2017 in numbers:

- 3,552  pupils and students (including 577 Opera ON participants) with 103 educational institutions and partner structures involving 136 participants in creative projects 
- 180 discovery sessions around the Festival programme and 100 practical artistic workshops
- 73 visits
to the Venelles workshops
10 encounters with opera singers
3 training days hosting 120 teachers


Frédérique Tessier



These actions are intended to facilitate children's access to the operas produced during the Festival after a cycle of free activities organised with schools - visits to set and costume production workshops, encounters with singers from the Académie du Festival d’Aix and with technical teams, etc. To guarantee the success of these initiatives, the Festival organises a specific training module for teachers at the start of every school year.

In addition, the education service launched the Opéra ON programme aimed at young people under 30 in the Aix region. 

Learn more about Opéra ON (in French)

Innovation and experimentation are at the heart of the programme’s activities, and content is renewed and enriched to enable pupils to formulate a viewpoint on the productions that reflects the issues they raise and their topicality. This reflective, creative work champions opera’s claim to be a living art from that engages with its time.

A wide range of artistic practices and disciplines are mobilised in these discovery courses, echoing the themes of the works and those raised by the staging.



These projects stimulate a learning process over time, providing participants with the pleasure of learning about artistic practices as part of a group, mentored by artist-educators.

The aim is to bring together in the same artistic, creative adventure young people, pupils and teachers who have a different relationship with musical practice and who come from diverse, contrasting geographical, educational and cultural backgrounds. They lead to public performances (including as part of Aix en Juin) that reflect the Festival’s artistic approach and involve famous artists.

The education programme strives to ensure that these productions include collective initiatives and practices such as school orchestras and school choirs.

2018 Projects

Orfeo & Majnun
Orfeo & Majnun is a European participatory project born of the connection and dialogue between two founding myths of western and eastern civilisations. Amateur participants are at the centre of this project, which is presented as an urban trail and an opera, and which allows Passerelles and its partners to showcase 10 years of experience and cultural actions taken together in the region while exploring new creative processes. | To find out more, read the tab dedicated to this project.​

Development of creative projects and opera pathways to discover the works and discuss the themes raised by the 2018 programme.

MP2018 - Quel Amour ! Opening on the 14th February 2018
With the concert of Lettres intimes, Béla and Cadences Quartets gather around 150 young musicians amateurs from the conservatories of Aubagne, Pertuis and Vitrolles on an intercultral musical repertoire between East and West. This concert will close this opening day of MP2018 - Quel Amour ! at the Grand Théâtre de Provence.

Les Nouvelles Antigones:
Festival d’Aix, in collaboration with Sciences Po Aix and Seconde Nature, is a partner of  “Nouvelles Antigones”, a project at the intersection of politics and art, by the Sublimes Portes collective, which aims to give a voice to committed artists from the Mediterranean and to develop music and blogging workshops with students. The creations will be represented at La Nuit d’Antigone, on Saturday 9th June at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatory, within the framework of Aix en Juin.


European Culture and Education Symposiums

The European Culture and Education Symposiums have been organised every summer since 2009 for participants from the social sector, non-profit organisations and the world of education, in partnership with RESEO (European network for dance and opera education) and AFO (Association française des orchestres).

Round-table sessions, discussions, exchange of views, presentation of projects and approaches – these meetings highlight not only the diversity and inventiveness of the different players but also the complexity of the environment.

The themes tackled since 2009 reflect topical European themes:


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