Artistes-relais, mars 2019, Festival d'Aix & Medinea

2020 Outreach skills sessions

January 20 2020 to June 7 2020
A training programme to raise public awareness of the arts, open to musicians from all walks of life

This multi-session training programme to raise public awareness of the arts gives young artists the opportunity to put their musical talents into practice and to develop their professional skills outside of the concert hall, and thus reach out directly to audiences. Its aim is to help each participating artist to design and implement his or her own artistic awareness project. Each session is made up of roughly fifteen instrumentalists, singers and creators from a variety of countries, and provides a space to reflect on the contributions artists can make to society and to specific communities.

The programme has been designed and is led by Mark Withers, a clarinetist and the coordinator of participatory educational projects (LSO Discovery). Other artists from various disciplines are regularly invited, according to the themes developed in the sessions.

These training sessions help participants gain professional skills that are vital today so that artists can carry out innovative and participatory projects for highly diverse audiences. Experimentation and musical improvisation are the core of the learning process: they help individuals develop their creativity by drawing inspiration from their own cultural heritage and encourage intercultural initiatives.

In every session, participating artists will encounter diverse audiences far from the world of the performing arts, in order to apply their newly acquired skills directly in the field. These encounters, developed by Mark Withers, are part of outreach programs organized by Passerelles, an educational and socio-artistic department of the Festival d’Aix.

Passerelles leads awareness-raising events, as well as projects with nearly 5,000 participants, thanks to relationships forged with over two hundred schools, universities, associations and social institutions.



Dates — January from 20 to 25, 2020
Place — Aix-en-Provence, FRANCE
Pedagogical coaching — Mark Withers
— Presentation of the artist’s role as a creative facilitator
— Introduction to basic creative techniques and group management

Session organised with the support of Medinea network and of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union



Dates — April from 6 to 11, 2020
Place — Aix-en-Provence, FRANCE
Pedagogical coaching — Mark Withers
— Design and implementation of themed/multi-disciplinary creative exercises and workshops
— Group role play



Dates — June from 2 to 7 juin, 2020
Place — Aix-en-Provence, FRANCE
Pedagogical coaching — Mark Withers
— Presentations by the artists (or by creative teams) of their own participatory projects and/or awareness-raising events
— Assistance and support designing interactive mediation projects led by musicians in both artistic and project management terms (finance, production, staging, marketing etc.)



Projects to be supported will be selected at the end of session #3.

Pedagogical coaching — Mark Withers
Contents — Remote support for the development of an awareness-raising action and/or a participatory artistic project: pedagogical follow-up, administrative support and communication campaign around the selected projects.

With the support of Medinea network and of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union


With the support of

CultureMécénat musical Société Générale

Fondation Stavros Niarchos

Shortlisting via application
• CV and covering letter
• Project presentation
• Audio or video recordings


All incomplete applications will be rejected.
No application fees.


Élodie Ughetto — +33 (0)4 42 17 43 61

• The modules are complementary and designed as an all-round course although they can be taken individually.
• Training is free (selection based on application).
• Training session, accommodation and travel* fees are covered by the Festival d'Aix. Artists pay for their meals.
* Reimbursements of travel fees are made on proof of purchase of a 2nd class return plane or train ticket between the artist’s town/city of residence and Aix/Marseille. Reimbursements are capped by geographical area: €80 (PACA Region), €210 (whole of France), €350 (Europe / Mediterranean), €500 (outside Europe and the Mediterranean)


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