Socio-artistic programme

Work Songs - Cinéma L'Alhambra, 5 mai 2017 - Crédit photo Vincent Beaume
© Vincent Beaume

Socio-artistic initiatives are structured around partnerships with non-profit, social-sector, medical-social, healthcare and culture organisations. Building bridges between professional and amateur artists, and between audiences from different generations and cultures, focusing on the works included in the Festival programme.



Marie-Laure Stephan

The Festival’s socio-artistic programme is designed for a public encompassing a wide age range and which, owing to economic reasons, social background or reduced autonomy, can feel cut off from the artistic and cultural offering in their area.

Following contact and discussions with the full range of social actors and partner organisations, many participants become interested and get involved in the socio-artistic projects:

  • Young people who have dropped out of school, or are on training or into-work schemes.
  • Children, young people and families from social housing neighbourhoods, foster children, young people in care.
  • Children, young people and families involved in extra-curricular educational, community or municipal activities (social and community centres, leisure centres, resource centres, media libraries, etc.).
  • Young people and adults who have just arrived in France.
  • Adults on social inclusion schemes claiming earned income support and housed in social accommodation centres.
  • Young people under legal protection, in jail or an open prison,
  • Young people and adults at risk of prostitution.
  • Seniors on the minimum pension or who are isolated.
  • Young people and adults with intellectual disabilities or autism.
  • Adults with mental or psychiatric disorders.
  • Patients or residents of healthcare institutions.

Opera outreach programmes run throughout the year and are designed with partner establishments or target audiences; participants are regularly invited to attend Festival events before seeing the show. The programmes include workshops with artist-educators, meetings to discuss, exchange opinions or workshops about the works, visits to set construction workshops and production venues, sessions with artists and technicians, etc.

Educational performances provide young people and families in particular with an opportunity to discover the many facets of opera in an enjoyable, hands-on way. The Festival Académie’s young participants, young musicians and artists involved in the Festival programme, take Musical Encounters to audiences in hospital settings, social housing projects and isolated areas.


With the support of local job centres and work-integration structures, the Opera Backstage Course organises meetings with the Festival's technical teams for young people and adults interested in discovering the technical, back-stage disciplines associated with opera.

Artistic practice projects for pure beginners are run as part of festive days, one-off meetings with associations and creative residencies are an opportunity for participants to approach opera sensitively and expressively. These include lyric voice and choral singing, visual and sound arts, intercultural creations focusing particularly on Mediterranean or Afro-American music, and musical and vocal improvisation in public spaces, accompanied by musicians and choreographers.

2020 Projects 

Awareness-raising programmes tailor-made to each opera at Festival d’Aix 2020, with:

  • Presentations and creative workshops allowing a personal and sensitive approach of the works (choir singing, writing, plastic and visual arts, theatre, puppets, dance, etc.)
  • Meetings with the technical teams with in particular the second edition of the open days at the workshops of the Festival in Venelles and the open days to discover the set of the Archevêché.
  • Musical events and meetings with the Festival artists in social housing districts in towns and villages in the area and festive days to discover a facet of lyric art (in 2019, Voice Day), developed with partner associations.

Two amateur artistic projects:
- Opéra de-ci de-là
: amateurs from the socio-artistic programme will take part to the Opéra de-ci de-là project driven by the young artists of the eponymous residency of the Académie. They will perform in June 2020 through four collaborative and immersive mini-operas in four of the town’s unique and distinctive venues during Aix en juin.
- Work Songs: a work for a multicultural and multi-generational chorus staged and set to music in public areas by the Marseille company Rara Woulib. The project will feature young people from the region or new arrivals to France who are taking part in the Opera Backtage Course, as well as adults with experience in amateur chorus. The public will be able to listen to this chorus in particular in the Moun Fou project, creation of the Cie Rara Woulib within the frame of 2020 Marseille's Festival.


The Ibn Zaydoun multicultural choir, directed by singer, composer and oud player Moneim Adwan, introduces amateur singers in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille and brings together some fourty choral singers performing a varied repertoire that focuses on Arabic-Andalusian songs, popular songs of the Middle East and ancient and contemporary Arabic poems set to original compositions by Moneim Adwan. The Ibn Zaydoun choir gives concerts throughout the region, organised in partnership with cultural centres and for association festivals. Created into the frame of the socio-artistic programme of the Festival d'Aix in 2008, the choir has become an independent association from the Festival in 2020 January. Further details: