A virtual event celebrating diverse voices in art, film, theater and games is being hosted by the University of Staffordshire this week.
The second edition of the colloquium and interdisciplinary festival ‘Communities and Communication 2022 takes place over two days from Thursday 19 to Friday 20 June, bringing together creators, academics and researchers from all over the world.
Dr Agata Lulkowska, Stephanie Steventon and Dr Sharon Coleclough from the Department of Media and Performance at Staffordshire University organized the conference.
Agata, Senior Lecturer in Film Production, explained, “We are so proud to continue last year’s success. Our first edition focused on connections. This year we are looking at Diverse Voices. The need to include diverse voices in the conversation about communities and communication has never been more urgent.
The conference received more than 3,000 submissions from nearly 130 countries and the program includes contributions from musicians, artists, filmmakers and scholars from various disciplines. The event features eight panel discussions and numerous film screenings, including presentations on Indigenous filmmaking, Deaf communities, virtual worlds and more.
Keynote speakers include award-winning filmmaker and theorist Professor Agnieszka Piotrowska, who will share two unpublished works. Rob Marsden, Associate Professor of Theater and Directing at the University of Staffordshire, will deliver the second keynote, exploring inclusive and engaged theater practices before a panel discussion.
Other guests include international directors Catherine Gough-Brady from Australia and Spaniard Jaime Dezcallar.
Dr Sharon Coleclough, Senior Lecturer in Film Production and Sound Design, added: “We are amazed at the number of applications we have received for this year’s programme. We are delighted to be able to give space to such a mix of works and we are really looking forward to hearing from all of our contributors and selected participants.
‘Communities and Communication 2022: Diverse Voices’ runs from Thursday 19 to Friday 20 June. Find more information and register for your FREE spot or browse the full event schedule.
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