On 11th April at 10:30, AEC offered an interactive workshop titled ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Music Education: An Invitation for Action’ in the frame of the New European Bauhaus Festival in Brussels, Belgium. The Festival was organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2024. 

The session was aimed at sharing experiences, identifying good practices, and collaboratively envisioning institutional change in relation to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Higher Music Education (HME).

Moreover, the workshop served to present a resource package developed by the AEC Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality (DIGE) Working Group, that is meant to welcome all AEC member institutions to explore, discuss and implement practices fostering DEI in HME. The publication contains 5 chapters, all of them grounded on the notion of resistance, and can be downloaded here.

It gathered around 20 participants who had the chance to discuss both resistance to and actions towards DEI in higher music education and the cultural sector at large. AEC created a space where people could share their experiences, discover effective methods, and collaborate on ways to bring about positive change 

Through its projects, AEC strives to empower artists as makers in society by prioritising diversity, equity, and inclusion. The workshop was organised in the frame of the AEC – Empowering Artists as Makers in Society project (ARTEMIS, 2022-2025), co-funded by the European Union. 

We extend our gratitude to the European Commission for selecting our proposal to be presented at the Festival. Our appreciation also goes to all the other participants, speakers, artists, and exhibitors who shared their inspiring ideas, innovative solutions, and creative visions.

A special thank you goes out to the vibrant NEB Community who visited AEC’s booth at the Fair and the participants who actively engaged in our workshop.