7th ELIA Leadership Symposium
hosted by The African Arts Institute 
Cape Town, South Africa
1-4 December 2015.


Thank you to all keynote speakers, presenters and delegates of the 7th ELIA Leadership Symposium for a fantastic event!


Tuesday 1 December: Welcome Cocktail

The 7th ELIA Leadership Symposium kicked off on Tuesday with a Welcome Cocktail; facilitating networking between ELIA delegates and representatives of African Universities who came together in Cape Town for the preceding African Tertiary Arts Education networking event. 

Wednesday 2 December: Day 1

On the first day South African keynote speakers Njabulo Ndebele and the honourable Albie Sachs gave their perspective on the symposium's theme DOMINANCE//DIVERSITY//DISRUPTION. After lunch, the programme continued with Mobile Workshops, in which delegates engaged with the arts and culture of Cape Town, guided by local practitioners and producers. The Mobile Workshops were an impressive introduction for truly experiencing the local context at the Diversity Dinners, during which Cape Town artist, academics and other representatives of arts and culture hosted small groups of delegates in their home- in townships, down town and in the suburbs.  

Thursday 3 December: Day 2

The second day was all about in-depth round table discussions, fueled by the opening keynote talk of Vishakha Desai, a panel session between Xolela Mangcu and Mark Fleishman, as well as a panel session between Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Maude Dikobe and Ruth Simbao. Closing keynote of the day was Aino Laberenz, who established The African Opera Village in Burkina Fasso with her late partner Christoph Schlingensief. In the evening dinner took place at Spier Wine Farm in the Stellenbosch Valley. 

Friday 4 December: Day 3

The final day started with a keynote by Gavin Jantjes, followed by discussions and the closing session of Oussama Rifahi. 

Should you have questions, please contact ELIA Conference Manager Marte Brinkman at marte.brinkman@elia-artschools.org 

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