Offering access to culture for all

1 - Access to knowledge and culture

We support new forms of training which provide access to the rich wonders of great cultural institutions, such as through MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses), co-produced with several major museums:
MOOCs offer, over a defined period of time, free access to online courses 24 hours a day, where each registrant freely determines the time and the time they will devote to the sessions.
Composed of 5 to 8 segments depending on the MOOC, each sequence revolves around a precise theme and includes videos, supplementary resources, training activities and a discussion forum. At the end of each sequence, a quick quiz allows participants to self-evaluate their acquired knowledge. Challenges and games may equally be offered. A team of course leaders is available for discussion with learners over the course of the MOOC.

It’s a free, interactive and dynamic way to learn about a topic, whether it’s about such things as modern and contemporary art, the origins of humankind, Louis XIV at Versailles or Impressionism.

An initial MOOC started in 2014. Since then and 6 MOOCs later, 100,000 people have been able to enjoy teaching both challenging and friendly based around quality content.

With, we enable a large community of avid readers to discover the wonders of literature. Some of the things we do include letting them know our top picks of the latest books like those by the young authors competing in the Orange Book Prize, offer the classics for free in digital versions and arouse discussion among readers.


2 - Allowing all audiences to access music

The Orange Foundation support those who wish to disseminate music more widely among all audiences.

We are the main sponsor for opera recordings and live opera broadcasts, both outdoors and in cinemas. We have therefore helped the Opéra National de Paris, the Opéra de Rennes, the Opéra de Lyon and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to establish their audiovisual policy. In 2016, more than 165,000 spectators in 30 countries were able to watch opera broadcasts.


Crédit photo : Sébastien Mathé / Opéra national de Paris


25 festivals in France in 2017

We support festivals in their bold programmes and international exposure.
Over 25 festivals benefited from our sponsorship in 2017. We also help youngsters develop in all territories.


Opéra de Rennes, diffusion en plein air
Les chorégies d'Orange


We encourage artists’ residences, training academies for young singers, workshops with the public. The Voix de la Fondation Royaumont Academy, the Baroque de Sablé Academy, the Périgor Noir Festival Academy, and TOTEM in Chartreuse Villenueve-les-Avignons are just some of the partners we help so that they may welcome young singers, musicians, composers, librettists and stage directors in residences.

And in a spirit of solidarity with people who have little access to culture, we support the development of children’s choirs in underprivileged areas (e.g. CREA in Aulnay-sous-Bois; El Camino with the Pau Orchestra), workshops and concerts in hospital (Tournesol, Artistes à l’hôpital) and retirement homes (Music’O Seniors).


Les enfants du CRéA d'Aulnay-sous-bois
Tournesol, artistes à l'Hôpital


We also favour musical projects focused on sharing and intercultural exchanges with musicians from all over the world, for instance Orpheux XXI in the Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans.


"The idea behind Orpheus XXI with refugee musicians is to make them live and relive Oriental musical heritage and culture, and to help us all build a dialogue through music"

Jordi Savall


In the musical field, the Foundation also pays special attention to digital projects which help teach and disseminate music to a larger and particularly younger audience. The Music Crab and Nomad Music applications, the T@lenschool programme from Talens Lyriques also benefited from our sponsorship in 2017.