Ever since its founding Passerelles, the education and socio-artistic departments of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, has with the help of its partners offered amateurs a wide variety of opportunities for collective artistic practice. Projects such as choirs, school orchestras and multicultural groups of non-professional young people and adults have brought together young people and adults throughout the year, culminating in a public performance that opens the festival season.
Here’s an overview of the main projects of 2017:
Taking place over several sessions and in close collaboration with teaching and associated artists of the Festival, these creative projects are aimed at a wide audience of amateurs, whatever their level of practice, taking them on a unique artistic adventure. Regular sessions enabling meetings and exchange with artists are a wonderful chance for participants to discover new musical and artistic approaches, nurture and express their creativity and play a role in the day-to-day life of the Festival. The many non-professionals involved in these projects are able to experience the demanding nature of collective creation as well as the pleasure of sharing it with an audience, on stage or within the public space.
This year three big projects will take place: the Festival Choral Académique with the violoncellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton and young school pupils; Work Songs, a project implemented with several youth groups and families of the Aix-Marseille area and in collaboration with Compagnie Rara Woulib; and last but not least participation in the festive one-day event “À nous de jouer” with several performances taking place as part of Dimanches de la Canebière.
Read the full article on the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence blog (in French)