After the ELIA Teachers' Academies in Barcelona (2003), in Rotterdam (2005) and in Brighton (2007), we are now looking back on a very succesful event in Sofia, Bulgaria, where the 4th ELIA Teachers' Academy was held on 1-4 July 2009.

Hosted by the Bulgarian National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA), the event was organised in the framework of artesnet Europe (the ERASMUS Network for Higher Arts Education), and supported by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.


The ELIA Teachers’ Academy aims to contribute to the professional development of professors, teachers and researchers in higher arts education by facilitating their participation in – and engagement with – challenging experiences and debates set in an international context. Teachers’ Academy participants will:

  • engage with innovative teaching and research methods at both national and international level.
  • acquire new insights into, and new ways of thinking about, current issues in higher arts education such as knowledge transfer, employability, professional practice, and industry-facing and flexible learning
  • return home revitalised with professional energy and new contacts with colleagues.


The overarching theme of the 2009 ELIA Teachers’ Academy is ‘Storytelling’. Storytelling is a way of thinking; it is a way of grasping and understanding the inner and outer world. For teachers and students in the arts, it offers a unique opportunity to form and re-form cultural identities, provides an emphatic way of conceptualising, communicating and developing ideas. In today’s digital world, storytelling permeates online networks and virtual realities. The 2009 ELIA Teachers' Academy will explore and celebrate the many ways in which artistic storytelling integrates creativity, innovation, education and culture.

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