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Cheers! Teachers' Academy 2013 Video Recaps Now Live

26 June 2013

UPDATE: Video recaps and photos of the action packed event are now available online! Click here to get the full experience.

The fifth edition of the ELIA Teachers' Academy kicked off Monday 24 June in high style thanks to the hospitality of the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU).

The 122 participants from around the world were warmly welcomed at the HKU Akademietheater by Thera Jonker, Director of the Centre for Arts and Education at The Utrecht School of the Arts and ELIA Vice President, and briefed on the three eventful days to come. Centering on the conference theme 'Preparing the Artists of Tomorrow' the delegates were quickly immersed in the topics at hand, social entrepreneurship, digital technologies, and the artist as content maker, via Pecha Kucha sessions presented as a savoury complement to dinner. Keeping in the theme of focusing on the artists of the tomorrow, Utrecht Conservatorium's innovative undergraduate programme Musicians 3.0 gave a stunning performance that highlighted the very reason for the Teachers' Academy - promoting excellence in arts education.

The momentum of Monday evening carried into Tuesday with Keynotes by Christoph Weckerle of Zurich University of the Arts and Willem Jan Renger and Evert Hoogendoornd of The Utrecht School of the Arts. Parallel sessions focusing on New Media Practices, Making Content, and Social Entrepreneurship, opened the floor to 18 presenters in the form of workshops, roundtable discussions, and paper presentations.

After the delegates departed Utrecht for Amsterdam, Tuesday was rounded off with a selection from the NEU NOW LIVE Festival, Ntando Cele's theatre performance Face OFF.

The exchange between teachers and students continued on Wednesday when the Teachers' Academy met NEU NOW for a session between conference delegates and festival artists. Lucy Neal, Co-founding Director of the London International Festival of Theatre, gave an engaging Keynote 'Imagination as a Source of Renewable Energy' that sparked fierce debate among the audience of teachers and artists.

The keynote was followed by a book presentation on Training Artists for Innovation: Competencies for New Contexts by Joost Heinsius, Cultuur Ondernemen/Culture-Entrepreneurship, and Kai Lehikoinen of the University of the Arts Helsinki - Theatre Academy.

Lars Ebert, ELIA Senior Advisor, rounded up the presentations by speaking on Quality Assurance and Enhancement. Ebert spoke about the EQ-arts programme, which offers a distinctive approach towards QA&E, using a methodology specifically tailored for Higher Arts Education Institutions and that embraces all arts disciplines. The session also spread the word about the upcoming EQ-arts Experts Training, happening 7-9 November 2013, at Birmingham City University, School of Art in the UK. 

The Teachers' Academy delegates then went on for an exclusive visit to the NEU NOW exhibition, featuring gallery talks with the presenting artists, and took in the the NEU NOW film programme at de Brakke Grond. The Teachers' Academy and NEU NOW LIVE came to a close, together, for a late night after party at Het Compagnietheatre.

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