2021 CULTURAL JOURNALISM WORKSHOP

June 28 2021 to July 3 2021
Workshop open to early-career journalists, musicologists, authors, philosophers and dramaturgical thinkers who write in German, Dutch, English or French

Against the background of profound change in the media sector, the Cultural Journalism Workshop aims to introduce participants to the principles of critical review and cultural journalism in opera and to analyse how these activities are practiced.

The workshop is intended for students or young professionals who are active in diverse cultural areas and in a variety of media (written press, podcasts, videos, blogs, etc.) and who wish to write about opera and/or about their relationship with other multidisciplinary musical forms. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of the field and the codes of opera, or of their motivated interest in this domain.

Breaking down the traditional barriers in this field is the central theme of the creative workshop led by the journalist Shirley Apthorp and the dramaturge Willem Bruls. To achieve this, the workshop offers a space to reflect upon the technique, forms and role of critical review both in opera and in a broader cultural landscape. It allows for an exchange of practical tools for improvement and encourages a dramaturgical approach to criticism. It is also a laboratory for research and emancipation in cultural journalism today.

The six-day workshop will include productions and conferences with artists and professionals, and will offer a unique immersion in the heart of a specific Festival activity. Participants will be asked to produce collective or individual critical content at the end of the workshop.

« The continuation of expert professional commentary on music and music theatre is essential for the healthy future of art-form. » Shirley Apthorp & Willem Bruls

The workshop is mainly held in English. Written work may be done in German, Dutch, French or English.

The Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in no way interferes with the content and/or form of the elements produced by participants during the residency. A professional documentation kit will be made available for the use of the participants.

MENTORS

Shirley Apthorp (Ireland / South Africa) — Journalist
Willem Bruls (Netherlands) — Dramaturge

PARTICIPANTS

Ten students or young professionals who write about diverse cultural areas in a variety of media in German, Dutch, English or French.

APPLICATION

Shortlisting via application (in French or English). To be included with the application form:

— A CV
— A covering letter or a video (maximum of three minutes) that answers the following questions:

  • - What are your goals or motivation in applying for this workshop?

  • - In just a few lines, discuss an artistic production of your choice.

  • - What production from the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2021 programme appeals to you the most?

— Samples of your editorial content: articles, texts, podcasts, videos, etc.

APPLY ONLINE 

APPLICATION DEADLINE — January 31, 2021
END OF REGISTRATION – 31 January 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS – Week of 8 February 2021
FINAL RESULTS – Early March 2021

 


APPLICATIONS FEES — €30

All incomplete applications will be rejected.
Application fees cannot be reimbursed.

 

FINANCIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Master classes, accommodation and travel* fees are covered by the Festival d'Aix. Artists pay for their meals.

Do not hesitate to let us know of any financial, material or organizational difficulties you may have. We will see if it is possible to facilitate your access to this residency or to facilitate your application (e.g., through childcare, additional mobility assistance, an interpreter, etc.).

*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). Please send confirmation of your reservation (including time and place of arrival and departure) no later than three weeks before your arrival.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Check out our FAQ or write to academie@festival-aix.com

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