Resources

The Festival d’Avignon actively promotes artistic and cultural education through its teaching service, moments of practice (workshops, visits…), teaching material made available online, and training seminars, all of which are available to educational teams and teachers.

RESOURCES: EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, TRAINING, AND TEACHING MATERIAL

Team and Educational service

The Délégation académique à l’action culturelle (Daac) of the Aix-Marseille regional education authority created an educational service within the framework of the Festival d’Avignon in the spring of 2016. Headed by a teacher, its goal is to help other teachers create artistic and cultural programmes.

This service allows teachers to become partners of the Festival, to help build projects aimed at students and to make teaching documents and syllabi more widely available.

Camille Court, public relations

Hélène Lopes, public relations

Frédéric Bosser, teacher in charge of education at the Festival d'Avignon

Training

The Festival d’Avignon also helps train teachers and youth workers as part of its youth-oriented programmes. Whether part of pre-existing programmes or the result of outside propositions, those times of training aim to make clearer what the Festival d’Avignon is (its history, its venues, its relationship to the city, to the world, and to the political sphere), but also to present artistic disciplines and projects having to do with national, academic, or regional policies. By giving teachers and youth workers new skills, those training sessions contribute to the construction of courses and syllabi for students and youths and take part in an ongoing reflection on the coordination of teaching and educational actions.

Examples of key moments

  • Preparation of the play Ahmed’s return… for kids by Didier Galas, with theatre workshop, presentation of the training guide, meeting with the director, and rehearsal in October and November 2018,

  • Preparation of the syllabus of the Theatre Baccalauréat (2017-2019): Les Illusions comiques by Olivier Py, with three regional education authorities (Aix-Marseille, Nice, and Montpellier), 30 November 2016 at the FabricA for 50 teachers and 100 students, and nationally on 26 March 2017 at the Théâtre de la Ville,

  • Discovering the Festival, its actions and partnerships, by teachers taking part in the Lycéens en Avignon programme,

  • Shows, encounters, and collective analyses, during each edition of the Festival d’Avignon, organised by the ANRAT with about forty teachers,

  • Shows, encounters, and collective analyses, during each edition of the Festival d’Avignon, organised by the Ceméa with about fifteen teachers, directors of public relations, mediators, and regional culture counselors,

  • Youth work qualification internship, in partnership with the Ceméa, focusing on cultural activities and supervision.

Training Guides

Pièces (dé)montées training guides

Canopé, the creation and education supervision network, produces every year the Pièces (dé)montées training guides, which help young spectators better understand the shows they watch. Every edition, several Pièces (dé)montées are produced and made available to download on the Festival’s website. To better understand the event and its history, a special Pièce (dé)montée guide about the Festival d’Avignon gives teachers and youth workers access to a synthetic educational document.

VISITS AND WORKSHOPS

Visiting the history of the Festival

Getting to peer behind the scenes is always a favourite moment for audiences. It gives them the opportunity to see what goes on backstage and to experience the performing arts more deeply. The Festival d’Avignon has many magnificent open-air venues, which invite audiences to approach the space of the stage from a different angle and to (re)discover the architectural heritage of Avignon. Throughout the year, the Festival offers visits to various groups of spectators (students, associations, works councils), in order to explain the history of the event, but also its organisation before and during the Festival.

Reading workshops in schools

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.

Young Spectator’s Guide

The Festival d’Avignon produces each year a Young Spectator’s Guide, aimed at children from 7 to 12, which presents all the shows, films, readings, and other projects. An educational tool to discover the Festival d’Avignon and its history, it also contains games and activities to help children make theirs the world and words of the theatre. This guide is created by children in the spring (as part of a class or association project), and is given to classes after it has been printed (which helps children understand the worth of the project and creates attachment). The Festival d’Avignon also works with elementary schools and colleges from Avignon and its region. To create this guide, we organise visits of the Festival’s various locations (the Cour d’honneur, visits with young spectators, modelling of a venue), as well as writing and artistic creations workshops at the BnF in Avignon.