Cultural Events

The Glasgow School of Art & Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Glasgow School of Art and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland give delegates the opportunity to see behind the scenes, experience their unique atmosphere and discover more about the hosts of the 13th ELIA Biennial Glasgow. Delegates can choose to visit either one or both institutions. The tours take place on Wednesday afternoon, starting at 14.00, at 15.00 and at 16.00. Depending on which tour you wish to attend, the meeting point is The Glasgow School of Art or Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

'Blind Date' Dinner

On the evening of Wednesday beginning at 19.30,  an optional dinner has been planned for delegates who wish to start networking straight away. The conference organisers will facilitate the matchmaking - placing participants on tables of 12-14 people at several restaurants in Princes Square, Glasgow. Delegates must pre-reserve a place for the ‘Blind Date’ dinner through the online registration.

Each restaurant will provide a set menu & dietary requirements will be catered for.
For a fee of €36, delegates will receive a 3 course dinner with a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage. Places are limited.

Grand Opening

Following welcome speeches from the organisers and national representatives, a live performance will herald the opening of the doors of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Auditorium to all participants on Thursday morning.

Civic Reception

On Thursday evening, participants of the ELIA Biennial Conference are invited to attend the Civic Reception hosted by the Lord Provost of the city. The Civic Reception takes place in Glasgow City Chambers, a renowned and eminent example of Victorian civic architecture, constructed between 1882 and 1888.

Closing Party

On Saturday night, we will all have the opportunity to meet, dance and relax during a live music event, with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh and DJ's spinning their records.

NEU NOW Festival

The NEU NOW Festival is an innovative international platform for talented graduating and recently graduated artists across disciplines. Participants are nominated by higher arts education institutions and universities across Europe and beyond and selected by an international jury of experts to present themselves to a wider international audience within a professional arts context. This year, the NEU NOW Festival will run alongside the ELIA Biennial Conference in Glasgow. For more information, see

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