First DiSko findings seminar: Reports and preliminary results discussed with project participants

Twenty project participants, researchers and other stakeholders gathered for a 2-days seminar in early January to discuss their work and experiences in the first phase of the DiSko project

Teachers from participating schools, AYAN (project owner), researchers and musicians discussed results and findings from the first year of the DiSko project.

DiSko is an innovation project funded by the National Research Council, intending to innovate school concert practices produced and implemented nationally by Arts for Young Audiences Norway (AYAN) and regional partners in Norway. The goal of the project is to develop dialogic school concert practices through research based innovation procedures in order to respond to challenges connected to school ownership and school integration.

The first Status report “Tilstandsrapport 1, 2017, by Kari Holdhus and Magne Espeland” (in Norwegian) is published and available . “The project has come a long way towards piloting sustainable models/prototypes for production and distribution of school concerts and other art experiences for pupils were all groups involved in this work (teachers, musicians, pupils and producers) grow ownership to the productions”, says Holdhus. This first report focuses on a description of what kind of institutional conditions and participant attitudes which needs to be in place to evoke and build this kind of relations and partnerships between schools and artists.

The first cycle of DiSko continues throughout 2018. In the second cycle of the project, which starts early autumn 2018, 4 new schools from eastern Norway will enter the DiSko project

Two master students and a PhD student from the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences are linked to the project, thus linking the project to research and teacher education.

“Moon Village”: A Global Science Opera – World Premiere on Dec. 13th, 2017

Global Science Opera (GSO) is the first opera initiative in history to create, produce and perform operas as a global community. In 2017, GSO is inspired by the European Space Agency’s Moon Village vision. The opera “Moon Village” will premiere worldwide on December 13th, 2017.

The opera “Moon Village” is being created by schools, universities and art institutions in 27 countries in all the inhabited continents: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, USA, Wales and Zambia. The opera will include live streaming from European Space Agency’s Research & Technology Center (ESTEC) in Holland. The opera “Moon Village” is about human society on the future Moon Village.

It is the story of Sofia, the first of many children born in space, and the first creative school on the Moon. It is the story of what happens when the first moon generation learns about challenges here on Earth.

View the opera  online on Dec. 13th, 2017 at 14:00 GMT / 14:00 UTC / 15:00 CET

Learn more:

MoonVillage GSO:

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Glimpses from the Arts and Education 2017 seminar at Stord

This  interactive international seminar organized by Kulturtanken – Arts for Young Audiences Norway and the DiSko project, CASE center in the end of  October hosted international keynotes and clinicians: Eric Booth, US, the founder of the Teaching Artist movement, professor Gert Biesta, UK, and professor Liora Bresler, US (video in Norwegian).

Kick-off – Research activities in DiSko

More than thirty participants were gathered at a 2-day seminar for DiSko late September 2017. Teachers from the four participating schools, project owner, researchers, musicians and administration representatives were present. a A draft of DiSko’s first report “ Status report” was discussed. The report has been constructed from data drawn from 12 interviews with teachers and rectors from the participating schools.  It suggests a picture of how schools deal with the subject of music as well as their own performances and guest performances. During the seminar, school participants and musicians discussed framing of activities at project schools this autumn. There also was a special gathering for participating musicians as a Group.


The project will be presented at The Arts and Education 2017: Integration or Separation?,  25. October 2017.

New Erasmus+ project

The CASE Center has just been awarded with the coordination of a newly-funded EU Erasmus+ project in the focus area of school, creativity and innovation. The project name is “Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE)”. This project will be realized within the European Commission’s “Strategic Partnership” program, and will implement trainings, conferences and school-based activities in the field of art/science. The 3-year project will be enacted in the following 5 countries: Norway, Greece, Holland, Lithuania and Ireland.

Inspiration from China!

The Global Science Opera activities in China are led by Professor Hongfeng Guo at the Chinese National Astronomical Observatory in Beijing / Chinese Academy of Sciences. This year Hongfeng will be participating in Global Science Opera for the third year in a row. As part of the 2017 “Moon Village” opera production, she plans to engage Chinese school students in the preparation of an introductory art/science video inspired by international lunar research.

Science and Art project at International Paris Air Show

Masters student Janne Robberstad presents Moon Village the 2017 Global Science Opera (GSO) in a B2B meeting program accompanying the Paris International Air Show (19. – 25. June), where exchange of knowledge and experiences, in combination with the search for solutions in the aerospace sector, is in the foreground.

Robberstad has explored the integration of Eco-Scenography (sustainable theatre-design) into the framework of the Global Science Opera initiative. She has also conducted research regarding the design of Eco-Scenography workshops within a global educational context, and their impact on the creative process of school children. By conducting fieldwork in Norway, Japan and the US, she found that Eco-scenography acts as a bridge between the fields of science and arts, proposed principles for how Eco-scenography’s implementation in schools should be designed, and produced new knowledge regarding the character and qualities of creativity observed in that context.

The Global Science Opera is the first opera initiative in history to envision, create, produce and perform operas as a global community. It is an educational initiative. GSO exists at the meeting point of science and art, of pupils and scientists, of all human cultures, of research and practice. GSO’s 2017 production, “Moon Village”, will be performed around the world and streamed online: A year-long creative inquiry shared by schools, universities and art institutions around the planet, in 25 countries. It will communicate the process, science and technology of the European Space Agency’s Moon Village. “Moon Village” will be a cooperation with a network of institutions and these projects:

  • Flagship Initiative of the European Commission’s Horizons 2020 Project CREATIONS.
  • The European Commission’s Erasmus+ project SPACE.
  • The Norwegian Research Council’s project iSCOPE.

Read more about GSO  and the  “Moon Village” production

Project leader presented DiSko for the music network of Arts for young audiences Norway – AYAN

Early June 2017 music employees of Kulturtanken’s (AYAN’s) associated organizations around Norway were gathered in Stjørdal near Trondheim. Project leader of DiSko, Kari Holdhus, had been invited to present the DiSko project with these professionals, mainly creative producers and administrators devoted to distributing concerts to schools in their respective regions. Presentations and discussions on the emergence of DiSko’s research with professionals within the field is one of DiSko’s project aims. This part of the project is called “Implementation and spread”, and aims at information, discussion, collaboration and communication with representatives of the researched practice in question.


Register for The Arts and Education 2017 seminar: Integration or Separation?

The Arts and Education 2017 event is an interactive international seminar organized byKulturtanken – Arts for Young Audiences Norway and the DiSko project, CASE center. International keynotes and clinicians are Eric Booth, US, the founder of the Teaching Artist movement, professor Gert Biesta, UK, and professor Liora Bresler, US.

Register and see the full program

Music and animation artworks inspired by science

Masters student Jose Eduardo Garcia Aldama Pepe is studying at the Annimation Department of Volda University College (Norway). Pepe is currently working on animation films for the UH-nett Vest project ART@CREATIONS which will produce a series of music and animation artworks inspired by scientific themes related to the European Commission’s project, CREATIONS.