Malawi partners present at audiovisual conference in the Netherlands
24 November 2019
Two Malawian specialists received travel grants from Rei Foundation to attend and present at the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 50th annual conference held in Hilversum, Netherlands from 30 September and 2 October 2019.
Chimwemwe Sumani (pictured left), Information Technology Specialist at the Malawi National Library Service, spoke on the Documentation of Folktales project, which was also supported by Rei Foundation. Her talk, The return of Malawian intangible cultural heritage: Tales given for the next generation was very well received, and Sumani was invited to a conference in South Africa to present it once more.
Bright Joshua (pictured left), Regional Archivist at National Records and Archive Services, Malawi, presented a talk entitled Rescuing Malawi's endangered 16mm film collection.
Joshua and Sumani used this opportunity to present to an international audience on the unique challenges and issues involved in their respective projects in Malawi as well as to seek know-how, assistance and guidance from international experts.
Using Rei Foundation's travel funding, both speakers were also able to attend the following Joint Technical Symposium, also held in Hilversum which took place from 3 to 5 October 2019.