October 20, 2020

ELIA Biennial (Digital) Conference 2020


Image courtesy of ZHdK

ELIA and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) invite you to the ELIA Biennial (Digital) Conference: Expanding the Arts.

An interactive online extravaganza for arts education professionals. Enjoy four full days of experiential conversation, workshops, walk-shops, online performances and over 40 presentations and breakouts, harnessing the power of transdisciplinarity. A unique tapestry of online events promoting real connection and collaboration between peers and professionals in higher arts education.

Join this digital journey of communal discovery, as ELIA Biennial participants explore the effects of interdisciplinary education, interactive storytelling, innovative curriculum development, and the collision between the arts, science, society and our environment. With the aim of looking to the future of higher arts education, together we will learn from experiments, experiences and happy accidents. View programme.

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers—acclaimed interdisciplinary artists; Ragnar Kjartansson and Coco Fusco, whose presentations delve into artistic approaches through song and unpack cultural diversity in art schools today. Watch session teaser videos.

ELIA Biennial Plenary Session

In these uncertain times, arts institutions face shifting paradigms when dealing with internationalisation (travel restrictions), priorities in health policy, economic and political values and practices, communication, and the art world itself. Three internationally renowned thought leaders imagine a future post Covid-19. What might this mean for artists and the arts in higher education?

Speakers include:

Lidewij Edelkoort, Dutch publisher, humanitarian, educator and exhibition curator, considered one of the world’s most famous trend forecasters.

Angélique Kidjo, celebrated African singer-songwriter, actress, activist and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.

Jude Kelly CBE, British theatre director and producer, former artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre (2006 -2018). Director of The WOW Foundation which celebrates the achievements of women and girls and confronts gender injustice across the globe.

The most participatory ELIA Biennial yet

The ELIA Biennial 2020 invites colleagues and emerging talent at every level of higher arts education, by offering ELIA member institutions:

Unlimited access: gain entry to all ELIA Biennial online events / Student engagement progamme: sign up for hands-on workshops and presentations / Build your arts network: join connected sessions, speed-networking, theatre games / Member-only sessions: play an active role in setting the higher arts education agenda

View Institutional Package Brochure.

ELIA membership special offer
Discover the benefits of being part of a globally connected European network. Sign your arts institution up as an ELIA member in 2020, and you will be eligible to purchase an ELIA Biennial Institutional Package, plus you’ll receive a membership fee waiver for the rest of the year. New ELIA members, who avail of this offer, commit to continuing their membership in 2021. Become a member.

ELIA Biennial 2020 individual passes
Purchase an individual pass and witness the magic of transdisciplinary ideas in the making. Attend as many interactive online sessions as you can muster, live keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities. Catch up on what you’ve missed, with exclusive access to the ELIA Biennial 2020 video archive.

Join us—secure your spot today.

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