Les Escapades collégiennes
The colleges of Vaucluse, and more particularly of Avignon, are a priority target for the Festival in its actions with the public, for both geographical and educational reasons. College is also a very important period in the life of young teenagers.
The yearly Escapades collégiennes, created by the departmental council, allow five classes from five Avignon colleges to get their first experience of theatrical practice, to discover research, and to familiarise themselves with the Festival d’Avignon and its history thanks to visits of iconic locations, encounters with professionals of the performing arts, and class presentations.
The discovery of shows during the Festival is another essential aspect of this programme, and complements the actions undertaken during the year such as visits of the Cour d’honneur du Palais des Papes, or workshops introducing the students to theatre engineering jobs.
Those projects are part of the common core programme, and allow students to tackle the following subjects:
language, to think and communicate: developing students’ sensitivity thanks to practical workshops (interdisciplinarity);
learning methods and tools: encounters with professionals, visits of the BnF;
learning as an individual and a citizen: class atmosphere, responsibilities, commitment;
representations of the world and of human activity: text analysis, history of the Festival…
Colleges that have taken part in this programme: Joseph Viala, Vernet, Roumanille (Rep+), Anselme Mathieu (Rep+), Saint-Michel, La Salle, Mistral (Rep), Jean Brunet (Rep+) in Avignon, Anne Frank in Morières-les-Avignon and Lou Vignares in Vedène.
Twinning with the Collège Anselme Mathieu (REP+) - Festival d'Avignon
The Collège Anselme Mathieu, part of the REP+ network, offers two general and vocational education sections. In February 2014, a twinning agreement was signed in the presence of Vincent Peillon and Olivier Py, a commitment revolving around three axes: artistic practice and practice as spectators, discovery of the jobs of the Festival, and development of critical thinking thanks in part to an introduction to web reporting.
As part of this twinning agreement, many projects have helped create long-term relationships between the students and the Festival d’Avignon. Working on the Young Spectator’s Guide, visiting the Cour d’honneur, taking part in the “Et vous la République ? Parole aux jeunes” project, or creating video reports screened at the Cinéma Utopia are some of the ways students have been able to discover the world of the performing arts, to delve into current questions, and to explore the Festival behind the scenes.
In 2017, 2018, and 2019, students created several reports which can be found on the Festival’s web-tv, most notably during Didier Galas’s residency for Ahmed return, or Irène Bonnaud’s for Friendship, both of them touring shows whose premieres took place in the college itself during the opening of the 72nd and 73rd editions of the Festival d’Avignon. They were also given the opportunity to learn about the creation and printing of the Festival’s pre-programme, or to attend rehearsals for Abîmés at La FabricA thanks to ADAMI as part of the Écrits d'acteurs programme during the 73rd edition of the Festival.
For the 2018-2020 period the college, the Festival d’Avignon, the Aix-Marseille Education Authority, and the Fondation Casino partnered on a creative project, Ménandre, de toi à moi (Menander, from you to me), directed by Enzo Verdet.