Seminar Series – Opera Forward Festival 2019

Seminar Series – Opera Forward Festival 2019

1-3 March 2019, Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

The 2019 edition of the Opera Forward Festival (Dutch National Opera) in Amsterdam bears the theme “Identity and Confrontation”. The festival organises a seminar series on the 1, 2 and 3 of March 2019, wherein questions of decolonization in relation to the arts and culture will be at the forefront. Leading scholars and artists will discuss what the critique of Eurocentrism entails in their own artistic practice and what challenges the call for epistemic diversity poses in researching the arts.

Friday 1 March 2019

14-15h: Attendance of public rehearsal

17.30h: Keynote by Peter Sellars, opera director

Saturday 2 March 2019

16.00-17.00 Seminar with Dr. Olivia Rutazibwa

17.30h: Keynote by Dr. Olivia Rutazibwa, Senior Lecturer Development Studies, University of Portsmouth: Decolonising Western European cultural traditions

Preparatory reading:

Sunday 3 March 2019

16.00-17.00 Seminar with Neo Muyanga

17.30h: Keynote by Neo Muyanga, musician, composer, researcher at University of Cape Town: Decolonising Western European Music

Preparatory reading:

Songs in the Key of Revolution: Brad Evans interviews Neo Muyanga

Open to all. RMA Students can receive 3 EC for attending all the sessions and writing a review assignment of 1000 words.

Register by sending an email to: stating your university programme and student number.

For further information contact Sruti Bala,


Opera Forward Festival 2019