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In Memoriam Francisco Beja da Silva (1952 - 2018)

05 February 2018

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of our friend, colleague and former ELIA board member Francisco Beja da Silva.

Xico, as his friends called him, was engaged in many of ELIA's projects such as inter}artes and artesnetEurope, during which he was a driving force in formulating the Tuning Document Theatre Education and the Sectoral Qualifications Framework for the Creative and Performing Disciplines a.o.  

Under his inspiring leadership, ESMAE Porto hosted many conferences, such as the 2012 ELIA Academy and 2012 NEU NOW Festival in Porto.

He was beloved amongst colleagues, students and the many collaborators of ESMAE that make ‘his’ institution such a respected place in the Portuguese and international landscape of higher arts education.

We will dearly miss him and wish his friends and family much courage with this loss.

The official announcement from  ESMAE can be here:


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