Biennial Conference

    The ELIA Biennial Conference is the largest conference on higher arts education worldwide, covering all artistic disciplines and drawing an audience of approximately 500 directors, artists, lecturers and thinkers.

    The 14th ELIA Biennial Conference took place 30 November – 3 December 2016 in Florence, Italy. The theme was: “Turn Mirrors into Windows”, addressing the role we as artists, arts educators and higher arts education institutions have in a radical transforming Europe and the creation of tomorrow’s society. Thanks to technological evolution, globalisation and open border policies we find ourselves working and living in close connection to the rest of the world. At the same time Europe’s self-conception as a place of tolerance, inclusion and prosperity is increasingly challenged by complex issues such as large migration processes, an ageing population, emerging radicalism and shifting economic powers.