For the past few years, the Festival d’Avignon has worked closely with secondary schools in the region throughout the school year and in July. Whether it be for long-term artistic and cultural education projects or for one-time events, the Festival has made its resources and its artistic know-how available for the education of youth. Beyond the schools of Avignon, the Festival’s field of action covers the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and the neighbouring departments (Gard, Hérault, etc.). Many students also come to the Festival as part of a study trip to discover and learn more about its history, its organisation, and its jobs.
Many activities are available to students, who can visit some of the Festival’s venues, meet artists and staff, or attend rehearsals, workshops, and shows. They provide original ways for the students to learn about the performing arts. Those activities are designed together with teachers, and provide the students with the opportunity to discover a one-of-a-kind cultural event and to experience it differently.
It is very important for the Festival to try to reach as diverse an audience as possible, which is why we have been working not only with sixth form colleges, but also with vocational schools and, for the past few years, with an agricultural college.
Finally, beyond those year-round activities, partnered schools also take part in artistic education projects specifically designed by the Festival. Every year, students attend our Young Culture Reporters programme, take part in the Ceccano dramatic series as amateur actors, or get to discover the Festival thanks to the J’y suis j’en suis project.