What we do


The FEDEC collaborates with networks of other arts disciplines in order to share expertise and advocate the special characteristics of arts education and training.

AEC - European Association of Conservatoires

The AEC is actively involved in the development and implementation of European projects in the field of vocational music education. The AEC is also a partner member of the ELIA network.

Supported by the European Commission Erasmus network for music programme, the Polifonia project for higher music education was developed over 3 cycles (2004-2007, 2008-2011 and 2011-2014).

Not only did expert Kaarlo Hilden and his Polifonia working group INVITE work on developing a specific training programme for music teachers, but they also organised conferences on pedagogy and consulted every profession in order to draw up a European profile framework which takes into account all of the profession’s specific characteristics and the variety of methods for teaching students in order to prepare them for the profession of instrumental or vocal music teachers.

The AEC network and the INVITE group contributed to the planning and design of the INTENTS project, in particular SAVOIRS01 where the “Instrumental and vocal teacher education: European perspectives” and its methodology for structuring a competency framework for music teachers was shared and compared to that of circus arts teachers.

Further details at: www.aec-music.eu

ELIA – European League of the Arts

ELIA represents many artistic disciplines and fields (fine arts, visual arts, architecture, dance, design, new media, music, theatre and circus). FEDEC’s objective is to represent the field of circus arts training, a field never before represented in the ELIA network.

As an associate member of ELIA, the FEDEC represents the 14 higher education institution members, but also aims to communicate the thoughts, discussions and projects developed within ELIA to all of its members and their audiences (whether they are involved in secondary, vocational or higher education).

Common issues connect the FEDEC to ELIA and form the basis for a collaboration underpinned by complementarity and the sharing of methods and best practice: professional integration, festival of student creation, vocational teacher training, masterclasses and advocacy actions.

Further details at: www.elia-artschools.org


Through thematic studies, consultations, recommendations, position papers and projects, the FEDEC contributes to the following initiatives:

  • Future generation of European lifelong learning programmes
  • Structured dialogue with the European Parliament, Council and Commission DG Education and Culture and DG Employment via the European Civil Society Lifelong Learning Platform (formerly EUCIS-LLL)
  • Consultation and position papers on the next 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework and the Erasmus+ programme through participation in the Education and Training Stakeholders’ Coalition (members of the Lifelong Learning Platform and the European Youth Forum).
  • Consultations and position papers on the Education and Training 2020 programme (ET2020) and its objectives, particularly through participating in annual Stakeholders’ Forums on EU cooperation in education and training.
  • Consultations and position papers on the subject of DG Employment competences through participation in the “EU tools and competences” and “Sustainability of Lifelong Learning” focus groups, which became the ET2020 group in 2012, or through themed public hearings.
  • Participation in flagship initiatives: New skills for new jobs, New Skills for Europe launched in 2016, ESCO and through the SAVOIRS, INTENTS, MAILLONS and MIROIR projects.
  • Youth on the Move through the ESCALES and CIRCLE projects, the partnership with the European Parliament and European Youth Forum for the European Youth Event every 2 years (CIRCEYE), the “Youth on the Move: Making it Happen” Conference, held in Anvers, 17/05/2011 and the Extreme Convention as part of the Atlas Festival.
  • European Capitals of Culture, through the Turku European Capital of Culture project in 2011.
  • UNESCO recognition of the circus as intangible heritage.
Investment in the civil society education and training network - Lifelong Learning Platform (formerly EUCIS-LLL)

The FEDEC is the first and only arts education network to be a member of the platform. It contributes using the ‘bottom-up’ approach, by consulting its members.

This involvement generally consists of:

  • formulating recommendations as part of the following working groups:
  1. Wider Benefits of Learning
  2. Europe 2020 Policy Coherence: focused on the Post Paris Declaration
  3. Validation of non-formal and informal Task force
  4. Digital Learning
  5. Education and culture
  • participating in various focus groups, organised consultations and the writing of position papers based on suggestions made by network members.

These position papers complement the specific initiatives of circus arts networks (the FEDEC and its national federations, unions and information centres) and of the employment sector (Circostrada, Territoires de Cirque, ARTCENA formerly Horslesmurs) and those undertaken in conjunction with arts training programmes (AEC-European Association of Conservatoires, ELIA-European League of Institutes of the Arts), participation in the LLL-Week which is organised every year in December at the European Parliament.

To build up our members’ capacities in terms of participation and management of EU funds, the FEDEC has introduced briefing notes on the Erasmus+ and Creative Europe programmes.
In 2016, Danijela Jovic became one of the education and training project evaluators for the Erasmus+ France Office, based in Bordeaux, which provides members with a better understanding of the nature of the programme and their input.

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