A seminar on all issues relating to the preservation and promotion of audiovisual archives will be held on 13 and 14 November 2012 at the Fugard Theatre in District 6, Cape Town. The seminar is organised by Ina, the world leader in audiovisual heritage preservation, digitisation and promotion under the auspices of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 in partnership with South African company Doxa – Visual History Archive.
With the support of the Institut Français, the French Embassy in South Africa and the South African Ministry of Art and Culture, the seminar offers French and South African professionals the opportunity of collaborating with the objective of sharing the know how they have developed.
Changes in the media and cultural landscape, as well as new demands and expectations from a range of audiences (academics, researchers, professionals and the general public), make it even more necessary to breathe new life into the traditional missions of conservation and access to audiovisual archives.
This Franco-South African seminar, open to participants from the member states of SADC (Southern African Development Community) is intended to be a regional think tank focusing on the preservation of the audiovisual heritage, and on the professional, commercial, cultural and educational uses of archives.
Representatives from public channels throughout the region are expected to take part, from Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Botswana.
The first step in the building of a close collaborative relationship with South Africa, a member of the BRICS association, this seminar also constitutes a further stage in Ina’s international development.