Since 2007, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the education department's awareness-raising initiatives have been deployed all over the Aix-Marseille educational authority area and nearby areas, reinforcing the Festival's strong regional roots. With the help of a wide network of partners, the educational department is developing an adapted programme adapted to the needs and context of each partner. Reciprocal relations are at the heart of the implementation of these initiatives. Their success results both from the project and from the quality of the partnership with the school and teaching team.
Awareness-raising actions are based on the cultural initiatives of the Aix-Marseille educational authority, as well as on the Departmental Council guide for educational initiatives.
The introductory courses on offer in the Passerelles (Gateway) project are educational and cultural programmes based around the Festival programme, helping audiences to find out more about an opera or concert performance beforehand. The courses include a range of modules developed in close collaboration with teachers and featuring regular encounters over the school year. They provide an introduction to opera and live performance, while helping to create the conditions for a unique interaction with the Festival teams. The education department organises courses in primary and secondary schools in the Aix-Marseille and the Nice education authority areas.
Designed along the same lines as the awareness-raising course and with the support of the Regional Council, the professional course is aimed at students in technical and vocational training and highlights the professions and skills involved in the performance arts and opera. The course includes talks by professionals and visits behind the scenes to help students explore the new fields of application for the skills they learn at school, helping to broaden their vision of the world of work. The project also features thematic approaches introducing one of the productions in the 2020 programme.
*ULIS (Unité localisée pour l'inclusion scolaire)
*SEGPA (Sections d'Enseignement Général et Professionnel Adapté)
The Festival d’Aix regularly entrusts young artists with the creation of short-form pedagogical productions. To be considered, the proposed creation must be mobile, accessible, flexible and interactive. In 2020, the mezzo-soprano Sarah Théry and the percussionist Étienne Fauré will be offering a 45-minute participatory work structured around opera songs, for young audiences and families. Currently in production, it will be performed in the region in April and May 2020 in different partner structures.
Accents Balkans is a three-step musical journey between repertoire and creation. The project includes the transmission of traditional songs (Bulgarian, Greek and Romanian); the teaching of works in the repertoire; and, lastly, a creation for voice and orchestra by the Serbian composer Jug Marković and inspired by the traditional music of the Balkans. This musical production will be performed for audiences on 16 May 2020 in Vitrolles, and on 5 and 6 June 2020, as part of Aix en Juin, at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud. Under the musical direction of Philippe Franceschi and Sébastien Boin, the project involves over 200 amateur choristers from middle schools and high schools in the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Vaucluse regions, the amateur vocal group of the Aix-Marseille University (EV’AMU), musicians from the Aix-Marseille University symphony orchestra (OSAMU), and the AKSAK instrumental quintet.
Accents Balkans is the result of a project by the Serbian composer Jug K. Marković—a member of the enoa network—and commissioned by the educational department of the Festival d’Aix.
With the participation of Collège Château Double (Aix-en-Provence), Collège Leï Garrus (Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Collège Alpilles Durance (Rognonas), Collège Jeanne d’Arc (Apt), Collège Lou Garlaban (Aubagne), Collège Les Hauts de l’Arc (Trets) and Lycée Vauvenargues (Aix-en-Provence); vocal groups at the Aix-Marseille University; and music conservatories in Vitrolles, Marignane and Aix-en-Provence.
With the support of ministère de l’Éducation nationale et de la Jeunesse, Copie privée, Sacem and réseau Canopé.
The European Culture and Education Symposiums have been organised every summer since 2009 for participants from the social sector, non-profit organisations and the world of education, in partnership with RESEO (European network for dance and opera education) and AFO (Association française des orchestres).
Round-table sessions, discussions, exchange of views, presentation of projects and approaches – these meetings highlight not only the diversity and inventiveness of the different players but also the complexity of the environment.
The themes tackled since 2009 reflect topical European themes: