Le Monstre du labyrinthe
Vincent Beaume


As part of its commitment to making art and culture more accessible, and in the firm belief that the future of opera must be prepared right now, the Festival d’Aix set up Passerelles – its socio-artistic and educational programmes – in 2007. The initiative aims to include a younger, more diverse audience in the Festival, and offer them an opportunity to experience opera. Constantly evolving, Passerelles is an innovative laboratory that has been enriched over the years by a number of exchanges in which teachers and school partners, community associations and social stakeholders, artist-educators and Festival audiences and teams all play an active part.
In 2016, more than 6,600 participants from 50 surrounding municipalities, whether urban neighbourhoods or villages, have been involved in the various Passerelles projects. The momentum created encompasses the whole Festival, reflecting its intention to make an active contribution to the cultural development of the region.

2016 - 2017 Projects

Each year, hundreds of amateurs take part in projects where they can discover or develop an artistic practice and ending with a public performance. These include choral singing, orchestral practice, musical improvisation workshops in a public space, musical creation and traditionnal songs.

Development of creative projects and opera pathway to discover the works and the several 2017 thematics of the Festival programme (freedom, desire, accomplishment, interpersonal relationships...)

Our programme


  • © Vincent Beaume
    Vocal workshop - Kalîla wa Dimna
  • © Vincent Beaume
    Medinea concert - MYO - 19 July 2017
  • © Antoine Combier
    Musique à la Savine - 15 July 2016
  • © Vincent Beaume
    OUVERTURE[S] - 4 July 2016
  • © Vincent Beaume
    OUVERTURE[S] - 4 July 2016
  • © Vincent Beaume
    Arscénic performance - 23 June 2016
  • © Vincent Beaume
  • © Vincent Beaume


The Monster in the Maze

In 2014-2015, these workshops were more particularly structured around a landmark project: the French creation of The Monster in the Maze, performed at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence on July 8 and 9, 2015.

The opera brang into play more than 300 singers (primary and secondary school children and adults) from local amateur choirs, who had been rehearsing since the beginning of the year to prepare for the performances given on the 8th and 9th of July at the Grand Théâtre de Provence. Thanks to its roots in the region, the close relations forged over the years with local education and social stakeholders and its experience in mediation with varied communities, the Passerelles (Bridges) programme has played an active role in this initiative, which success was consequential.

Born from the common desire of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the Berliner Philharmoniker, this project has lead to the creation of an online interactive platform, with support from the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Focussed on the creative process of the show, this platform offers to go behind the scenes ofThe Monster in the Maze, over the rehearsals and the performances in Aix, London and Berlin.

Discover the platform The Monster in the Maze

Visit the digital exhibition dedicated to the project (in French)

The European Culture and Education Symposium also focused on this uncommon experience, to tackle the theme: "Associating professional and amateur artists in European creative project".









With the support of

Fondation TotalMinistère de l'éducationReseo