Happy anniversary, Vivendi Create Joy!
Vivendi’s solidarity program celebrated its tenth anniversary with joy and emotion on February 13.
Vivendi Create Joy has been creating and bringing joy to young people in difficulty for the past ten years. To mark this anniversary, the Group’s solidarity program organized a day of festivities to pay honor to the emotions and sharing involved by giving the floor to the associations behind the projects as well as to the young people who have taken part in the program, first at the Théâtre de l’Œuvre, part of Vivendi Village, and then at Vivendi headquarters.
This day of celebration kicked off at the Théâtre de l’Œuvre with a series of inspirational accounts given by project leaders from the associations that are among the program’s most emblematic.
Five themes that define the approach adopted by Vivendi Create Joy were addressed: the creative process and developing self-confidence; personal fulfillment in a collective project; the wealth of diversity and professional training; talent training in Africa; committed partners.
Emotions ran high when three “former” youth participants took the floor to describe the impact of the project on their lives.
The tone of the afternoon session at the Théâtre de l’Œuvre was set by performances by the Fabriques Orchestrales Jr, a group made up of young people from disadvantaged urban areas who had never had any musical training before joining this Brass Band; and by the Maîtrise Populaire (People’s Choir) of the Opéra Comique, who performed fabulous excerpts from My Fair Lady, sung by the young choir members.
During the evening, the celebrations continued at Vivendi headquarters with a number of events featuring a few of Vivendi Create Joy’s partner associations, including a “How to become a sports commentator” workshop led by the association Sport dans la Ville, an Opera-themed blind test by La Fabrique Opéra, and a “News test” by la Chance aux concours. A screening room made it possible to view short films produced as part of Vivendi Create Joy projects, as well as excerpts from documentaries and reports on actions supported by the organization.
Performances given by young people taking part in the Program were well received on stage and included the Orchestre à l’Ecole class from the Sisley high school in Moret-sur-Loing (South West of Paris), young actors discovered by the association 1000 Visages, students from the Ecole Miroir, and Malunga’s gorgeous voice, identified by Music for Youth in London…
The diversity of the projects, the emotion behind the personal accounts and the beauty of the program were applauded by all.
By supporting projects that have a link with its businesses (music, film, creation…) since 2008, Vivendi Create Joy has been encouraging young people from disadvantaged areas, far from cultural projects or professional networks, who are suffering from an illness or disability, and helps them find fulfillment in a profession and a passion shared by the group.
Vivendi Create Joy is active in France, Great Britain and Africa.
About thirty projects take place each year, each supported by an association or foundation.