In order to change typical elitist practices, and to create a stronger anchorage in the heart of the city, artists and institutions have made efforts to redesign artistic performances and practices. Anthony Heidweiller, tutor of the Académie’s Opéra de-ci de-là residency which enables young artists to create short operas in public spaces in the heart of Aix, Mark Withers, pedagogical head of the Outreach Skills Sessions, Frédérique Tessier and Marie-Laure Stephan, representatives of the Festival’s educational and socio-artistic department Passerelles, and Philippe Franceschi, head of the vocal group Antequiem and initiator of the participative project Accents Balkans discuss their experiences which are infused with the desire to promote social inclusion, participation and transmission.
Anthony Heidweiller is a baritone and creator of new innovative forms of opera. In 2001, he launched the Youth Opera Festival (Yo! Opera), whose aim is to make opera more accessible to younger audiences. His community art project Yo! Opera: Opera in de Bus was awarded the prize for the most innovative event in 2006, the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund award for Art and Culture Education in 2008, and the prize for culture awarded by the Utrercht municipality in 2011. In March 2019, Anthony Heidweiller became a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Netherlands. He has collaborated with the Dutch National Opera and is the Associate Artistic Director of the Opera Forward Festival. From 2009 to 2011, he was an artist in residence at the Amsterdam University of the Arts, and he has been the Artistic Director of the Operamakers Foundation since 2012.
The British clarinetist Mark Withers has collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona. In 1993, Mark’s Gamelan program with the Hallé Orchestra was awarded a Gold Medal by Queen Elizabeth II for its lasting value to the community. He has developed a pedagogical approach to transmission and created innovative and educational outreach projects with the LSO Discovery, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and the Spanish National Orchestra. Between 2009 and 2013, he accompanied several projects by the Educational and Socio-Artistic departments of the Festival d'Aix (Passerelles), such as the Junior Orchestra, Boras, Outreach Skills Modules, and Opening[s]. He is an artist in residence at the Royal Schools for the Deaf and has been leading LSO programs for young children in hospital since 1998. Since 1995, Mark has been an advisor and lead musician for the charity Jessie’s Fund, for which he directs a training program for hospice and special school staff.
Philippe Franceschi teaches choir direction and choral singing at Aix-Marseille University, at the Training Centre for Music Facilitators in Aix-en-Provence and at the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Conservatory. He leads the vocal group Antequiem in Aix-en-Provence, who perform repertoires by Charpentier, Lully, and Rameau. Since 2015, Philippe Franceschi has been collaborating with the artistic and pedagogical team of the educational and socio-artistic departments of the Festival d'Aix (Passerelles). With Passerelles, Philippe has participated in the Academic Choir Festival, the Monster in the Maze in 2015, Opening[s] in 2015 and Odyssée N°7 - À voix nue with Sonia Wieder-Atherton in 2017.
Head of the Educational Department of the Festival Aix-en-Provence - Passerelles
Head of the Socio-Artistic Department of the Festival Aix-en-Provence - Passerelles
Dramaturge of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence