Thanks to its multidisciplinary, internationally orientated programme and with almost 60 partner venues in Paris and Île-de-France, the Festival d’Automne à Paris is as rich as it is diverse. For several years now, the Festival has been developing four complementary artistic and cultural education programmes. These programmes provide pupils and students with the opportunity to discover our partner venues, meet the artists and participate in workshops based on their work.

From nursery to university : Cours de Re-création

Every Autumn for the last 14 years, Cours de Re-création invites pupils to visit an exhibition and then act cultural mediators for the exhibition in schools other than their own and with pupils of all ages. This process sets in motion a group effort, and invites those involved to consider effective ways of communicating their perception of the work.

This Autumn, the programme will be based upon the following exhibitions :

Anna Boghiguian – Beaux-Arts de Paris
Christodoulos Panayiotou – Musée d'Orsay

Primary school : Écoute !

The Écoute ! programme has been raising awareness among primary school pupils of one of their five senses: hearing.
Each programme lasts for three consecutive school years. Once a month for a whole year, the Festival has invited David Christoffel, composer and musicologist, and the percussionist Maxime Echardour to visit Barbanègre primary school (in the XIXth arrondissement) in order to give pupils an insight into the repertory of today’s music in connection with the current Festival programme.

 Over the coming months, the pupils will be working on pieces : Mark Andre, Benedict Mason, Claude Vivier, Antonin Tri Hoang.

High schools : L’Automne au lycée

« When you do one of these workshops, you feel like you’ve changed somehow and have more confidence in yourself. Occasions such as these play a role in the development of our creativity » Laura, pupil

Every year, several classes from secondary schools in the Paris region participate in the L’Automne au lycée programme. Pupils are invited to discover and familiarize themselves with a variety of artistic forms. They are encouraged to develop an artistic sensibility and culture of their own, via show analysis workshops, practical workshops and encounters with the artists.

- Audience awareness journeys in theatres in and around Paris

Pupils watch three shows chosen from the Festival programme, accompanied by artist-mediators who facilitate their access to the work by providing discussion sessions or writing exercises in advance. One of the three shows chosen from the Festival programme is then looked at in greater depth: the day after the performance, the pupils themselves take to the stage. Over the course of three hours, they investigate ways of representing their reaction to the show through a variety of means ranging from discussion to physical, literary and visual arts-based expression. These forms of expression are then presented to the artist by means of a short performance.
From September to December 2019, a number of « ateliers du lendemain » post-show workshops will be taking place, in particular in response to the shows by Jonathan Capdevielle, Frank Castorf, Boris Charmatz, Aurélie Charon / Amélie Bonnin / Caroline Gillet, Julie Deliquet, Mohamed El Khatib, Fabien Gorgeart / Clotilde Hesme, La Ribot / Mathilde Monnier / Tiago Rodrigues, Robyn Orlin, Tiago Rodrigues / tg STAN, Gisèle Vienne, Wang Chia-Ming.

Since 2012, pupils involved in the project have worked on pieces by artists such as Jérôme Bel, Jonathan Capdevielle, Rodolphe Congé, Olivier Coulon-Jablonka, Daria Deflorian et Antonio Tagliarini, Encyclopédie de la parole, Forced Entertainment, Fanny de Chaillé, Éric Didry, Joris Lacoste, Pierre-Yves Macé, Maguy Marin, Rabih Mroué, Dorothée Munyaneza, Bouchra Ouizguen, Milo Rau,
 Lia Rodrigues, Tiago Rodrigues, Leila Soliman, etc.
In 2018they encountered :Sylvain Creuzevault, Les Tourmentes, tg STAN, Infidèle, Ahmed El Attar, Mama , Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker et tg STAN, QuartettBouchra Ouiguen, JeradaLia Rodrigues, Fùria (titre provisoire)Bruno Beltrao, Inhoa Saburo Teshigawara, The IdiotHideto Iwaï, Wareware no moromoro (nos histoires...)

- Pluridisciplinary artistic practice workshops

After the autumn, certain classes follow up on their experiences as spectators by participating in artistic practice workshops (writing, theatre, dance, music, cinema and visual arts) led by artists featured or connected in some way with the Festival’s programme. Ranging from 5 hours to 25 hours per class, they give pupils the opportunity to discover and experience the creative process for themselves.
In 2019-2020 – two examples :
Lycée Lucie Aubrac, Pantin (93)
Seconde Terminale CAP APH and Première Terminale Bac HPS (filière pro Hygiène et Propreté)
Radiolive. Nos vies intimes
Audience awareness journey (3 shows) / Post-show workshop / Artistic immersion with Aurélie Charon and Caroline Gillet, journalists and founders of the Radiolive project – 20h
In partnership with Théâtre du Fil de l’eau
Enabling youngsters to realize that they too can be the author of their own life stories lies at the heart of the Radiolive project. Via radio workshops (recording, editing) and writing workshops, condensed into a one-week period, this project aims to give pupils confidence in the legitimacy of their own words.
Lycée Diderot, Paris (19)
Première générale option cinéma et audiovisuel
Chacun fait son cinéma ! Le cinéma et les autres arts (musique, théâtre et littérature)
Audience awareness journey (3 shows) / Post-show workshop / Artistic immersion with Louise Hémon, cinematographer – 20h
With the aim of investigating the relationship between the cinema and other art forms, Louise Hémon leads a workshop covering the research, writing and making of a film, in connection with her own artistic practice, spanning cinema, video, installation and the performing arts.

- Le Festival côté cour

In order to make access for young people to the different works as easy and immediate as possible, the Festival accompanies itinerant artistic forms and takes them out to secondary school pupils at schools in and around Paris.

Since 2017, the Festival has been giving establishments the opportunity to host the Itinerant exhibition, consisting of original posters made by major international artists since the Festival’s creation in 1972. The exhibition, in variable format, is designed entirely by the pupils, from the selection of the posters to their display hanging via the mediation process.
The exhibition is hosted over a period lasting from 2 weeks to 1 month in each establishment. The artists behind some of the works include Pierre Alechinsky, Cy Twombly, Antoni Tapiès, Jean Tinguely, Jenny Holzer, Karla Black, Robert Wilson, and Bill Viola. This project at the heart of an establishment enables the whole community of pupils and teachers alike to experience works of art at their most radiant.

In 2019-2020, the Festival also accompanies several artistic projects from its programme in school and university establishments.
Lena Herzog, Last Whispers. Oratorio for vanishing Voices (film)
The Festival takes the screening of the film on tour to 3 secondary schools in Paris, Savigny-sur-Orge and Vitry-sur-Seine between November and February. Each 2 hour-long session is hosted by Arihana Villamil, student at l’EHESS.
Vincent Thomasset, Lettre de non-motivation itinérantes (schools performance)
This specially designed journey by the Festival involves attending a show, followed by writing and reading workshops for three classes at Lycée René Cassin in Gonesse (95).
GRAND MAGASIN, Grammaire étrangère (schools and universities performance)
The Festival d’Automne accompanies a tour of Grammaire étrangère – Leçons 1 à 6, a series of performances which dissects the French language and plunges the spectator into all its strangeness. The Leçons are performed in various secondary schools and universities over the duration of the autumn.

Students: Les Arts à l’amphi

Every year, the Les Arts à l’amphi programme, organized by the Festival and the Beaux-Arts de Paris, gives participants the opportunity to meet around ten of its featured artists (visual artists, choreographers, directors, composers, etc.)

 For 2019 Anna Boghiguian and Christodoulos Panayiotou are our guests.

Finding out more

Using words and images to look back at projects that took place in 2018, involving around 1000 pupils (from 4 to 20 years), with the Découvrir, Transmettre, Partager journal in French.


The Festival d’Automne à Paris’s artistic and cultural education initiatives aimed at young people receive financial support from the Fondation Aleth and Pierre Richard under the auspices of the Fondation de France.
! receive financial support from the Sacem.

Parcours d’auteurs receive financial support from the SACD.

Cours de Re-création receive financial support from La Fondation d’entreprise Fiminco.



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