The YPAL Encounters 2022


From 04.02 to 06.02.2022 during FARaway – Festival des Arts à Reims

Pre-inscriptions are open until November 14, 2021 at 23:59 here.

The participation is free. The tickets for the spectacles, the food, the lodging as well as the transport costs are taken in charge.

For those who come from the Marne, Aisne, Ardennes, Aube, Haute-Marne and the Ile-de-France region, everything is taken care of except the transport costs.

For more information, please contact us :

Jalene Mbomba Mélia, in charge of the YPAL Encounters 2022

The YPAL Encounters are coming back to Reims in 2022 !


Did you miss us? You too !

After two years without seeing each other, we announce that we will soon meet again. The human encounter is all we hoped for in this edition!

We are very happy to know that we will soon see each other again and meet for a weekend to live unforgettable moments together. Indeed, we are looking forward to being able to meet again outside of our screens from February 4 to 6, 2022. 

              What has changed since the 2021 edition?

During the 2021 edition, 60 participants were registered for the YPAL Encounters.  Among them, we had members of the Alter Ego (X) Company and those of the Giant Wolf Company, cultural professionals and students. They should come from all over Europe, and also from the world : Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, France, Georgia, India, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland…

As a result of the health crisis, the Encounter 2021 was quickly transformed into a virtual meeting held on the Zoom platform with 22 participants aged 18 to 30 years old from 5 different nationalities : Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy and Spain. This gave rise to workshops, the diffusion of a spectacle, an artistic meeting… 

                                 What about the 2022 encounters?

We will meet again from February 4 to 6, 2022 at the FARaway – Festival des Arts à Reims.

Some occasional meetings could be held before and after this festival weekend in order to animate the network as well as our Encounter of this year.

These YPAL meetings exist thanks to the support of La Comédie de Reims, Centre Dramatique National and FARaway – Festival des Arts à Reims. The latter gathers 7 cultural institutions of Reims La Cartonnerie, Césaré, La Comédie de Reims, Le FRAC, Le Manège, Nova Villa and l’Opéra de Reims..

We wish to make this YPAL 2022 Encounter a moment of reunification where we must all have a sense of contact.

                                 Where to register ?

Now that everything has been said, we hope to see as many of you as usual.

The online inscriptions are opening in the next few days…

The participation is free. The Comédie de Reims will pay for the tickets, the catering, the accommodation for the non-recipients as well as the transportation costs.

N.B.: The Comédie de Reims does not cover the transportation costs of those who come from the department of: the Marne, the Aisne, the Ardennes, the Aube, the Haute-Marne as well as the Ile-de-France region.

For any other information, please contact us at:

Jalene Mbomba Mélia, in charge of the YPAL Encounters 2022 and Anne Goalard, President of the YPAL association.

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Young Performing Arts Lovers, YPAL Encounters, New features 2021 : What is it and how to join us ?

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If you are starting to read this article, it is that: You are already a YPAL, a friend has told you about the network, your day has been marked by one of our posters, you have received one of our calls for participation, seen one of our posts on social networks and/or you are intrigued by the terms YPAL, Rencontres de Reims?

First of all we wish you a warm welcome and a good read!

The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the Young Performing Arts Lovers network, and its YPAL Meetings, and to register you for the YPAL 2021 Meetings in Reims.


The YPAL network: what is it?

What is YPAL Encounters?

What’s new for the 2021 edition?

And how do I register?

The YPAL network: what is it?

Initiated in 2009 by Anne Goalard in the dynamics of the Reims Scènes d’Europe festival, the YPAL network: Young Performing Arts Lovers is a network of young Europeans united by a common interest in the performing arts.

The YPAL Network is based on the multiplicity of individual journeys and intercultural exchange common to Europe and the performing arts to create dialogue and conviviality between young people from all backgrounds.

YPAL is structured by the YPAL Encounters times, which are intended to be innovative proposals where the place of the young spectator is questioned. During these YPAL Encounters, the young spectator is not a simple target of cultural actions, he is the actor of his relationship with the performing arts.

The YPALs thus participate in the development of the YPAL Encounters, the weekend programme, the creation of workshops and the organisation of debates.

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OK, but what is YPAL Encounters?

The YPALs are amateurs, artists or accompanying artists who meet every year for the YPAL Encounters in Reims (and occasionally in other European cities: Madrid in 2019, Stuttgart in 2015, Hamburg in 2010-11-12, Brussels in 2011-12, Turin, Malmo, Sarajevo …).

These are 3 days of performances, exchanges of young people from different backgrounds, reception workshops, time to meet the artists, and conviviality:

The YPALs are invited to get involved in intercultural exchanges, after attending shows together:

to confront and share their experiences as spectators, their vision of current affairs and the place of living art, to debate on the place and role of creation in our contemporary societies,- to invent new formats for encounters between spectators, artists, accompanying artists, cultural institutions and political decision-makers, to invent new types of artistic experiences.

The performance reception workshops, developed by and for the YPALs, are at the heart of the YPAL Encounters.

These meetings in Reims exist thanks to the support of the Comédie de Reims, Centre Dramatique National and are hosted within the FARaway- Festival des Arts à Reims, which brings together 7 cultural institutions in Reims;(La Comédie, La Cartonnerie, Césaré, le FRAC, le Manège, Nova Villa, l’Opéra).

51 YPALs of 9 different nationalities (France, USA, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Ireland and Denmark), aged between 18 and 30, took part in the Rencontres 2020.

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What’s new for the 2021 edition?

The 2021 edition will take place from 5 to 7 February 2021 in Reims and will breathe new life into the network and the format of the YPAL Meetings.

10 years of existence lead us to question the heart of the Rencontres YPAL.

In what way is it productive to see shows together and discuss them, whether you have a small or large audience experience, whether you have had access to a very contemporary or more academic theatre, whether you come from Poland or Italy, whether you are engaged in artistic research or are a mathematics student?

The reception workshops are the foundation of the network, the breeding ground on which participants are invited to invest and share artistic, political, social, professional, personal interests?

We wish to make the YPAL 2021 Meetings not the core of the Network’s activity but the culmination of an annual preparatory work leading to these times of exchange.

The participants draw up the programme of these Meetings and the workshops via regular Zoom meetings.

A journal dedicated to the 2021 edition will enable the work of the YPALs to be concretised and disseminated and will gather the reports, testimonies, interviews and games realised by the YPALs during this weekend.

The Rencontres de Reims can thus be an example for the organisation of other events in Europe.

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And how do you register?

You now know YPAL and the Encounters! (if you read this little article correctly!)

So if you want to get involved in the YPAL network and take part in the 2021 Meetings from 5 to 7 February, register by clicking on this link:

Participation is free of charge. The Comédie de Reims will take care of the tickets for the shows, the catering, the accommodation for the non-goers and part of the travel expenses, so why hesitate?

If you have the slightest question, do not hesitate to contact us at the following address:

Félix Vannarath, YPAL 2021 Meetings Officer and Anne Goalard, President of the YPAL association

SAVE THE DATE : YPAL meeting in Reims the 1, 2, 3 february 2019 !

The Reims Scènes d’Europe Festival is welcoming us from the Friday night to the Sunday for an incredible week-end full of shows, debates, workshops, great people and most important smiles!


Keep updated about the festival here.
Download the draft program.


Friday 1st of February 
17:00, Bar de la Comédie: Welcome drink
19:00, Atelier de la Comédie: Voyage d’hiver, inspired by Franz Schubert, text by Wilhelm Müller and Elfriede Jelinek – France, Austria – musical theater
21:00, Petite salle de la Comédie: Rebota rebota y en tu cara explota, Agnès Mateus, theater performance, in Spanish, subtitled in English
Evening, do what you want: free or workshop

Saturday 2nd of February
14:30-18:30, Comédie de Reims : FRAC Performance
14:30, Jardin Parallèle : Puppets
18:00, Comédie de Reims: Concert in the framework of the FRAC performances week-end
20:30, Opéra de Reims: La Belle au Bois Dormant Ballet / Yacobson Ballet
21:00, Grande salle, Comédie de Reims: Esto no es La Casa de Bernarda Alba (Ceci n’est pas La Maison de Bernarda Alba), text by José Manuel Mora de Federico García Lorca, directed by Carlota Ferrer, in Spanish with English subtitles

Sunday 3rd of February
Morning, Workshop
12:00, Bar de la Comédie: Debate about digitalization, 2h
14:30 : Opéra de Reims: La Belle au Bois Dormant Ballet / Yacobson Ballet
14:30-17:30, Comédie: FRAC Performance
18:00, Atelier de la Comédie, European project Digital Natives Concord Floral, text by Jordan Tannahill, directed by Ferdinand Barbet with young spectators.

You can also download the program just here!

All the team is hoping that you will be there !