Committed to making art and culture accessible to the many, and convinced that the future of opera is in the making today, Festival d’Aix set up the Passerelles educational and socio-artistic services in 2007 and 2008. Their actions aim to include a wide variety of audiences in the life of the Festival, and invite them to experience the opera.
In 2017, the educational and socio-artistic services involved over 5,800 participants in their projects, in connection with teams from over 200 schools, universities, associations and social institutions in the region.The momentum injected by Passerelles brings in its wake the entire Festival and thus fulfils its desire to actively contribute to the region’s cultural development.
4,920 participants to the awrareness actions (whose 454 Opéra ON members)
98 associations and social institutions
5,267 spectators invited during rehearsals or performances
1,517 amateur participants to the Orfeo & Majnun project
42 pedagogue artists acted over 51 towns from the region, from December to July
Throughout the year, Passerelles was deeply involved at the heart of the Orfeo & Majnun project and its participative dimension. This major European artistic and participatory project was composed of a great festive urban procession on the 24 June followed by a free outdoor opera on 8 July. Here are some kind of actions developed by Passerelles for thisp project:
To go back over the extraordinary odyssey of this creation at the Festival d’Aix in association with the European coproducers, go to orfeoandmajnun.eu.
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.
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".