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Dear performing artist / colleague / teacher / enthusiast,


On Thursday, May 4th 2023, the research team will organize the research seminar: Resilient Artists: how can we support the mental resilience of performing artists? at the Bourlaschouwburg in Antwerp.


The topic of mental health is getting increasingly important in our society. As such, the taboo surrounding the mental wellbeing of professional performing artists is, slowely but surely, being broken. For four years, we conducted research regarding the various challenges performing artists are faced with and how their mental resilience can be strengthened to cope with these challenges.


During the seminar, we will present the results of this 4-year research project as well as a present a corresponding prevention program that is currently implemented at the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire (RCA).




  • 09u00-09u30:  

    • Morning reception with coffee

  • 09u30-10u00:

    • Resilient Artists research project: background and main results

  • 10u00-10u30:  

    • Guest speaker: Christa Criel, Sociaal Fonds voor Podiumkunsten

    • Title: Empowering performing artists: actions and support initiatives for the professional working field

  • 10u30-10u50:

    • Strenghtening the psychological resilience of performing artists: development of prevention program

  • 10u50-11u00:

    • Testimonies students of Royal Antwerp Conservatoire

  • 11u00-11u30:  

    • Coffee break

  • 11u30-12u00:

    • Promoting resilience in the broader workfield of the performing arts: a vision for the future

  • 12u00-12u30:  

    • Guest speakers: Hayat Hamici & Lieve Vervaet, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

    • Title: Wellbeing policy at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen: Inspiring! Pioneering! Playing together! Our story from risk analysis to action plan

  • 12u30-13u30:

    • Networklunch


This seminar is organized by the Applied Psychology department of AP University College as well as the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire.


Practical information:

· Date: Thursday, May 4th 2023, from 9 am until 12u30 pm, followed by a networklunch.

· Location: Bourlaschouwburg (Komedieplaats 18, 2000, Antwerpen)


Feel free to forward this invitation to other people within your network.


We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday, May 4th!


Best regards,

The Resilient Artists Team

Research Day

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