EAC Practice Workshops

The Festival d'Avignon offers practical workshops designed for as many people as possible, inviting the public to get into action : introductory modules to the world of the performing arts or to reinforce an artistic and cultural education programme.

Read-aloud workshops with ERACM © Alexandre Quentin

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Workshops to discover the technical professions

Since 2021, the Festival d'Avignon has been organising workshops to discover the technical professions at La FabricA du Festival d'Avignon. Each year, almost 600 participants from around twenty schools and ten specialised establishments take part in the various workshops on offer for aged 9 and over. Accompanied by professionals, young people discover these behind-the-scenes professions through hands-on experience. It's a new way of looking at the world of theatre, and one that will help them become informed spectators!

In 2024, there will be 142 hours of workshops designed for more than 550 participants.

The workshops take place from Tuesday 30 January to Friday 9 February 2024.

Five workshops are on offer:

  • Stage machinery: setting up the stage for a show before the actors arrive,

  • Lighting: creating the lighting for a show using the lighting model,

  • Sound: Try your hand at the job of sound manager with a professional,

  • Video: Learn how to insert video on all media,

  • Costumes: Discover the skills of costume designers, dressmakers, dressmakers, decorators and milliners.

Reading workshops in schools with the ERACM

Since 2017, the Festival d’Avignon has organised reading workshops in schools all over the region (elementary schools, colleges, and secondary schools), in partnership with the École régionale d’acteurs de Cannes et Marseille. Student-actors in residence at the FabricA share their love for the practice of theatre, using public reading as a starting point. The goal is to create a sensitive, fun, and personal approach to literature and theatre, and to develop oral skills and teach the students how to handle their emotions. Over 1,350 students have already enjoyed this programme.

« Voix Haute », a week-end on Instagram

Doing artistic and cultural education on Instagram is possible! In 2021, the health crisis has forced us to adapt certain projects. The Voix Haute project was born from the reinvention of read-aloud workshops. Renewed each year, the Festival offers high school students the opportunity to prepare for the French Baccalaureate oral exam and to experience the pleasure of reading aloud, while at the same time raising their awareness of theatre and great texts in line with the Festival's artistic axes and their school programme. This proposal can be part of a journey of discovery of the Avignon Festival in order to prepare the visit of a group to the next edition in July. It can also be an opportunity to discover the theatre and the Festival d'Avignon for groups and individuals.

The participants are at La FabricA or on Instagram simultaneously on one side and on the other of the screens to practice together the mise en voix accompanied by theatre and animation professionals. It is a hybrid and international event to raise awareness of theatre, foundational texts and reading in an extracurricular time. Through the live feed on Instagram, the students communicate with other students living in France or abroad.

With the arrival of Tiago Rodrigues at the head of the Festival and his project to put a language in the spotlight. The "Voix Haute" 2023 project is dedicated to the English language. Thus, one of the days will be dedicated to reading in the language of Shakespeare.

On 13 and 14 May, the Festival d'Avignon offered high school students the opportunity to prepare for the French Baccalaureate oral exam and to become aware of the texts of great theatrical figures.

On Saturday, the reading focused on texts by Olympe de Gouges, Colette and Virginia Woolf!

On Sundays, English is the main language. On this occasion, we proposed a reading of a dialogue from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in English.

A weekend to relive in videos:



On 14 and 15 May 2022, Shakespeare and Rimbaud were in the spotlight! Two totally free days for young people from 11 to 17 years old, eager to discover the world of live performance through practice, whatever the distances separating us.

Saturday's videos (in french) :

Visite de La FabricA
Atelier de lecture à voix haute sur un monologue de « La Tempête »
Vlog sur l’atelier scénographie construction de maquette
Atelier de lecture à voix haute sur un dialogue entre Trinculo, Stéphano et Caliban extrait de « La Tempête »

Sunday's videos (in french) :

Atelier de lecture à Voix Haute sur la poésie d’Arthur Rimbaud
Vlog sur l’atelier photocollage de transformation de l’image de Rimbaud
Sieste Poétique
Dernier atelier/restitution sur la lecture des poèmes de Rimbaud

In partnership with France Bleu Vaucluse and RFI - France Médias Monde.

On 29 and 30 May 2021, we welcomed students from the Lycées Aubanel and Frédéric Mistral and from the collèges Joseph Viala, Joseph Roumanille, Anselme Mathieu, not to mention, via Instagram, students from all over France, Russia, Brazil and elsewhere!

A good weekend that you can relive on IGTV (videos in french):
Atelier autour de Molière
Atelier autour de Hamlet de Shakespeare
Visite interactive de La FabricA
VLOG : Atelier scénographie

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