Educational programme

Accents Balkans 2021
© Vincent Beaume

The Passerelles department organises special initiatives that bring the Festival d’Aix’s programme to the widest and most diverse audiences possible.

Every year, the educational department offers:

  • A course to raise awareness of opera, in the form of as a series of conferences organised over time.
  • A project for the creation of new musical works, uniting both amateurs and industry professionals.

New works offered by the Festival invite various audiences to reflect upon today’s world and contemporary societies. From the discovery of productions by the Festival d’Aix to the exploration of productions that involve both amateurs and professional artists, Passerelles defends opera as a performing art with multiple inputs, where the culture and the background of each of us can intermingle.

The initiatives of the educational department are implemented throughout the region, and have helped further the local and regional integration of the Festival d’Aix for the past 15 years.


Aware of the diversity of the publics participating in this action, the educational service implements diverse awareness-raising courses that are adapted to the ages, contexts and sensibilities of these publics.

The educational department has offered its partners a variety of initiatives to give them insight into the Opera genre, help them discover the Opera Machine and allow them to appropriate the productions and creations of the Festival d’Aix programme.

The courses are created :

  • in tandem with the pedagogical team and take into account the organisation’s or establishment’s educational, cultural and social project
  • each course begins with a training session for the instructors during the month of December, and utilises online resources, teaching kits and digital applications created by the educational and artistic teams of the Festival d’Aix
  • the courses focus on collective artistic practice, thanks to workshops offered by multidisciplinary project ambassadors and artists, all partners of Passerelles

In partnership with the artistic and technical departments, Passerelles organises numerous meetings and conversations with all Festival d’Aix stakeholders, from the artists (through the “Rencontres en Musique” musical workshops and the “Outreach Skills” sessions) to the technical and occasional workers from the set construction workshops, the costume production workshops and the theatre sets of productions.

The awareness-raising initiatives are a part of the cultural initiatives of the Académie d’Aix-Marseille and the Académie de Nice. They are conducted in partnership with the Conseil Départmental 13 (for secondary schools) and the Région Sud for students in technical and vocational training.

Frédérique Tessier


The educational department implements three courses to raise awareness of opera, singing and the performing arts, structured around the Festival d’Aix programme, and constructed in function of the age and class of the student, and the subject matter.

These courses all begin with two events oriented towards the teachers:

  • A presentation of the Festival d’Aix season, and
  • A day of training, conversation and practice around the Festival’s programme.

INTRODUCTORY COURSE — A GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE GENRE OF OPERA: intended for the youngest age group, to help them discover the genre of opera and its multiple facets (e.g. singing, sets, costumes) in a playful and creative manner.


Preschool | ages 3 to 5
Elementary school | Cycle 2 (ages 5–8), Cycle 3 (ages 8–11), projet de lien CM2 / 6e (ages 10–12)
ULIS, SEGPA (students with physical and learning disabilities)

A DISCOVERING-OPERA COURSE — “A NIGHT AT THE FESTIVAL D’AIX”: designed to prepare students to attend a performance of a Festival production in the best conditions possible, and to provide them with the necessary tools to understand and enjoy the performance (libretto, discussion of stage director’s intentions, societal and historical perspectives, etc.).


Collèges (ages 12 and up *)
Lycées — general and technological high schools (ages 15–18)

PROFESSIONAL COURSE — “HIGH SCHOOLERS AND STUDENTS IN WORK-STUDY PROGRAMMES AT THE FESTIVAL D’AIX”: designed to prepare students to attend a performance of a Festival production in the best conditions possible, and to provide them with the necessary tools to understand and enjoy the performance, with particular emphasis on professions in the performing arts and in set design.


Vocational high schools | Agricultural high schools | Apprenticeship institutes

In partnership with the Région SUD


The Festival d’Aix is partners with Aix-Marseille University (AMU) and proposes several initiatives aimed at students from different campuses and to teachers.



In partnership with Aix-Marseille University, the Festival d’Aix offers a series of workshops for vocal practice. Since January 2018, these workshops have been directed by Tania Zolty, opera singer and a frequent instructor for the Passerelles department of the Festival d’Aix. Structured as a thematic journey through vocal pieces in all styles, these playful workshops help teach participants to position themselves in space, to discover their own voices, and to express themselves both on stage and in daily life.

Weekly workshops, Tuesday evening, 7–9 p.m. at the Cube, on the Aix-Schuman Campus

Workshops have resumed as of Tuesday, 5 October 2021.


Aix-Marseille University and the Festival d’Aix have partnered to create EV’AMU, a vocal ensemble open to AMU students and staff.

Conducted by Philippe Franceschi, this vocal ensemble helps members who already have musical and vocal experience to attain a good amateur level of skill.

By joining forces, AMU and the Festival d'Aix aim to ensure that EV'AMU’s musical quality continues to progress and that their artistic ambitions flourish.

In 2022, the Festival d'Aix presents the vocal ensemble EV'AMU and C barré under the baton of Sébastien Boin.

EV’AMU in concert

Saturday 4 June 2022 | Morning stroll in Aix with EV’AMU

During the morning, in the city center of Aix-en-Provence

Saturday 18 June 2022 | Les Voix de Silvacane - Festival d’Aix

Concert OSAMU & Co and EV’AMU

Abbaye de Silvacane, La Roque-d'Anthéron

Saturday 25 June 2022 | Bi-centennial of the Conservatory of Marseille

Concert OSAMU & Co and EV’AMU

Courtyard of the Conservatory of Marseille

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2022 | World premiere - Symphonie du 7ème Continent by Alexandros Markéas

Concert OSAMU & Co, DANSE’AMU and EV’AMU

9pm | Parc Borely, Marseille

Further information



This participative project brings together professional artists, children, young people and adults – all partners of Passerelles – for a program mixing joyful yet controlled chaos, rites and body percussion. With The Very Big Experimental Toubifri Orchestra, Cie Rara Woulib and Sublimes Portes.

With the support of


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: