The members of Medinea first met for a convivial moment around a diner before attending the solo concert of thirty years old Portuguese accordionist João Barradas, a former participant to Medinea sessions . On 13 July, members and guests met at the Conservatory Darius Milhaud for a day full of discussion. The main intention of the meeting was to share an update on ongoing activities, especially on Medinea On Air (co-funded by the programme Erasmus+) and to reflect on the future activities of the network:
The actual Medinea coordinator, Ina Studenroth, introduced the upcoming events of Medinea agenda until summer 2023
6 members presented projects open to participation and collaboration in the future:
-Martina Silic – University of Zagreb (Croatia).
-Bujar Sykja – University of Arts of Tirana (Albania): Presentation of the project Life and Music Concept, creating educational and cultural bridges between France and Albania but also other countries of the Mediterranean and Europe.
-Walid Moussallem – Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique du Liban (Lebanon).
-Marwane Fachane – Fondation Hiba (Morocco): Presentation of the Hiba Foundation and its various range of activities and projects.
-Anastasia Stavrou – Music Department of the University of Macedonia and Music Village (Greece)
-Frédérique Moullet – Festival d’Aix (France)
In the following, a workshop was held in order to generate new ideas for activities we could carry out in the frame of the network and exchange possibilities for funding as the following.
Lucile Arnould joined the meeting in her role as project coordinator in order to present insights on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion within the network enoa*.
Lucile explained the measure the enoa* network is taking in order to foster equality, diversity, and inclusion in all activities within the network:
In the afternoon the partners attended the Medinea On Air which offer the unique occasion to present the motivation behind and the detailed programme of the free online programme designed for young musicians in the Mediterranen basin.
In the late afternoon, the members had the chance to listen to the 3rd rehearsal of the symphonic session of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra under the direction of Duncan Ward bringing together 100 young musicians from the Mediterranean Region. Many have been auditioned at the Medinea member institutions between November 2021 and March 2022.
The meeting ended with the concert of the Medinea session, more info about it here.
* enoa is a European network of opera academies which supports and accompanies artists from the operatic sector – creative artists and performers – in developing their professional careers.