Orfeo & Majnun - Parade urbaine du 24 juin 2018 - Vincent Beaume
Vincent Beaume


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.


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.

Opera trail to discover the works and explore the themes of the 2018 programme, such as the fate of women and mythological figures in opera, love and loss, renunciation, the initiatory journey, etc.:

Each year, participatory projects involve several hundred amateurs to discover or develop collective artistic practice (choir singing, orchestral practice, music improvisation workshops in the public arena, musical creation and traditional songs, etc.), which lead to public performances.

Our achievements



  • © 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