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Inspiring 7th edition Codarts Research Festival

On March 10, 2023, the 7th edition of the Codarts Research Festival took place. The event, which had approximately 200 attendees, was an inspiring demonstration of artistic research examples from different fields.

Inspiring 7th edition Codarts Research Festival

A total of 7 students Classical Music, Jazz, Pop, Circus, Dance, and Arts Therapies were selected to present their research projects to the audience, receiving a prize of 250 euro. 
On top of that, there were presentations from Micha Hamel (former Codarts professor), Rachel Beckles Willson (new Codarts professor), and all the Codarts Research Fund researchers also shared their work-in-progress or finished results. 
Stephen Shropshire was our external guest from the field of choreography, giving a lecture on his most recent writing, 'How to jump'

At the Codarts Research Festival, we aim to encourage artists to see the value that research can have for them, as well as actively listen to the curiosity and motivations behind analytical thinking. For this, we believe that, while knowing examples of research projects can be very inspiring, an active dialogue also provokes critical thinking, which is the reason why Q&A sessions were added after each presentation. There was also a round-table discussion with the following panel: Federico Mosquera (Master of Music Research coach), Mika Schnapper (Circus Arts alumna), Marianthie Makropoulou (Bachelor of Music alumna), Rosemarie Samaritter (Codarts associate professor Arts Therapies), Liesbeth Noordegraaf (Codarts professor Transdisciplinary Education Innovation), Rachel Beckles Willson (Codarts professor Intercultural Performing Arts). Topics like the relevance of social impact through the arts, the necessity of researching to find a voice as an artist, and the difficulties that can be faced through the journey were discussed and questioned here - moderated by our host Janine Stubbe, head of Codarts Research.

At the end of the day, drinks and snacks were served at the canteen, providing an opportunity for the audience and the presenters to keep having interesting and thought-provoking conversations. 

Next year the Codarts Research Festival will take place on March 8, 2024. Save the date and, hopefully, see you there!

- Codarts Research, April 2023


Photos: De Schaapjesfabriek