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.
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:
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, Parcours Professions Opéra 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.
The Ibn Zaydoun multicultural choir, directed by singer, composer and oud player Moneim Adwan, introduces amateur singers in Aix-en-Provence (Le Jas de Bouffan) and Marseille (Cité de la Musique) and brings together some sixty 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 (6 concerts in 2016).
2013: recording of an album featuring a selection from its repertoire.
2014-2015: production of an operatic work The Dove, the Fox and the Heron based on a story from the book of animal fables Kalila wa Dimna, set to music by Moneim Adwan.
14 January 2018: repertoire of love songs consisting of Arabic poetry and traditional songs within the framework of the opening of MP2018 - Quel Amour! season and the Voix de Silvacane.
9 January 2018: La Nuit d’Antigone’s show within the framework of Aix en juin.
June and July 2018: involvement to Orfeo & Majnun artistic project. Moneim Adwan composed the music for the Arabic part.
25 June 2019: La Conférence des Oiseaux, a new work form amateur chorus composed by Moneim Adwan. This project brought together the Ibn Zaydoun chorus and the vocal group Antequiem as part of the Aix en juin festival.
Awareness-raising programmes tailor-made to each opera at Festival d’Aix 2020, with:
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 Profession Course, as well as adults with experience in amateur chorus. The public will be able to listen to this chorus in particular at La Roque d'Anthéron (Les Voix de Silvacane) within the frame of Aix en juin.