Anticipating the end-of-life of sets from the time they are designed, the Festival succeeded since 2019 in constructing the entirety of its sets with a 100% ecological design. The time dedicated to eco-designing a set is by far offset by the savings made on the overall lifespan: 80% of the environmental impact and the costs of set production, transport, and end-of-life expenses are determined during the design phase.
For the first time in 2019, all decommissioned sets have been given a second life with regional stakeholders and partners, avoiding any destruction or disposal. The sets for Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno will help decorate public spaces, like schools, day camps or exhibition venues.
The sustainable development charter that has been drawn up, and now included in all specifications for the Festival, invites suppliers to adopt the environmental approach of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in their services and working methods. Environmental and local criteria are also included in the assessment and selection processes for new suppliers.
All Festival venues are accessible to people with reduced mobility. For visually impaired or blind people, in collaboration with the Accès Culture association, the Festival stages performances at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché each year using audio-description.
To help anyone wishing to make a request relating to these measures, the Festival has created a special contact: call Julia Bonnet / email@example.com / Tel: +33 (0)4 42 17 34 25
The Festival d’Aix is a founding member of the Cofees group
Since 2014, 16 of the most emblematic performance arts events in the Sud, Provence–Alpes–Côte d'Azur region have joined forces to create a new and unique initiative—the COFEES collective—in order to propose concrete and innovative actions in environmental and social matters, by adapting the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) ISO 26000 norm to their professional activity. This voluntary commitment is meant to raise awareness and to encourage cultural festivals to institute responsible practices, by exchanging knowledge, sharing means, and reducing their environmental impact, while still favouring dialog and collaboration between local stakeholders and local governments. Indeed, cultural events need to affirm their role as leaders in civic rights.
These festivals are held in six different departments of the Région Sud, and are centred around a variety of artistic disciplines:
Les Envies Rhônements (Bouches-du-Rhône)
Festival Nuits Carrées (Alpes-Maritimes)
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône)
Festival d’Avignon (Vaucluse)
Festival OFF d’Avignon (Vaucluse)
Les Suds, à Arles (Bouches du Rhône)
Les Escales du Cargo (Bouches du Rhône)
Festival de Chaillol (Hautes Alpes)
Cooksound Festival (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)
Festival Zik Zac (Bouches-du-Rhône)
Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron (Bouches du Rhône)
Festival Résonance (Vaucluse)
Les Plages Electroniques (Alpes-Maritimes)
Festival Mimi (Bouches-du-Rhône)