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Schedule and Registration for the 2nd Annual Global Audiovisual Archiving Conference

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We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Global Audiovisual Archiving Conference, which will take place at the iconic TIFF Lightbox in downtown Toronto. This year's event promises to be an exceptional gathering of experts, enthusiasts, and innovators in the fields of media archiving and heritage.

Conference Details:

Location: TIFF Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5
Dates: July 12-14

The Global Audiovisual Archiving Conference: Building Alliances (GAVA) is a collaborative event and outreach program co-organized by Archive/Counter-Archive, the Eye Filmmuseum, and the Toronto International Film Festival that aims to foster an international network around AV community archives from parts of the world that have historically been left out of mainstream archival discussions. GAVA will bring together archival specialists from across Canada and around the world with a wide range of expertise, experience, and engagement with media archives at an equally wide variety of scales. The discussions, presentations, screenings, video series, workshops, and tours that comprise this project will largely focus on community archives and archival projects by activists and artists. The focus on marginalized audiovisual archives is imperative and directly linked to the urgency of the current situation.

A cover image for a conference booklet with the text "GAVA The 2nd Globabl Audiovisual Archiving Conference: Building Alliances."

Schedule Now Available:

The schedule for GAVA is also now available on our website (https://counterarchive.ca/gava-program). Please note that in addition to the three main days of the conference (July 12-14), there will also be an opening reception at Toronto Metropolitan University on the evening of July 11 and a full-day tour of several local Toronto archives on July 15 that is being coordinated by Cléo Sallis-Parchet (York University). Please be sure to reach out to globalarchiving@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the archival tour!

Click here to download a PDF copy of the current version of the conference schedule.

Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for GAVA. You may register for the conference through the Toronto International Film Festival's website via the links listed below. After clicking the links, you will be redirected to a Ticketmaster portal that will include in-person and remote registration options. In-person tickets for the full conference are priced at $100, with student/remote tickets available for $50. For those where these fees would pose a financial barrier that would prevent you from participating, we invite you to apply for a fee waiver (please contact globalarchiving@gmail.com to apply for the waiver). Don't miss this opportunity to engage with industry leaders and explore the latest in audiovisual archiving!

Purchase In-Person Tickets ($100 regular / $50 student):

Purchase Virtual Tickets ($50)

Please direct any questions that you might have about the conference schedule or registration details to globalarchiving@gmail.com.

Hotels and Accommodations

Summer is a busy time for travel and tourism in Toronto, so we recommend that you book your stay as soon as possible! We have negotiated deals with Le Germain Toronto Mercer, a beautiful boutique hotel steps away from the conference venue. However, there are only a limited amount of these discounted rooms, so if you are interested, you should try to book one before they are gone. Please use the following link to benefit from our discounted rate: 

Discounted Hotel Rate: $319 CAD per night