As the events sector begins to feel the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the organisers of Europe’s most renowned conference on audiovisual localisation have announced the postponement of ‘Languages & the Media.’
The conference, which was scheduled to take place in June, will now be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin from December 14 – 16 2020.
A statement by the organisers, ICWE GmbH, announcing the new date, said: “In the light of the rapidly escalating Covid-19 outbreak around the world and with the best interests of our community at heart, we have been advised to postpone Languages & the Media 2020. It was a difficult step, but it was taken to ensure the safety of all our attendees and staff, and to help contain the spread of the virus in these challenging times. We want Languages & the Media to be a safe, enjoyable and enriching environment for everyone and this could not have been possible if we had moved forward as planned. We thank all our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, partners and the many participants who have already registered for their understanding and support as we tackle these difficult circumstances together.”
Anyone – whether a conference participant, a sponsor or an exhibitor – who has booked a place at the conference will be able to transfer their booking to December. Please look at the FAQ page of the conference website, www.languages-media.com, for more information and to contact the organisers directly if they have specific concerns. Details about plans for the December conference will also be posted on social media.
The 2020 edition of Languages & the Media, the 13th International Conference on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media, will be riding the wave of recent trends that are fast becoming reality in audiovisual localisation.
New working conditions are rolling in faster than ever before. Innovation is the order of the day. The industry is consolidating while new entrants are disrupting the conventional workplace. Platforms are proliferating. Immersive environments are becoming more pervasive. New workflows are emerging. Concurrent translation and post-editing are gaining ground. Language tools are being integrated and experimentation and reinvention abound.
The need for research has never been greater. With the validity of older norms and standards under scrutiny, new models of good practice are emerging, forcing the audiovisual localisation industry to take stock and re-examine audience needs while legislation and regulation are also whipping up the wind of change. As our 2018 keynote speaker David Padmore pointed out, our shared goal is to break down language and sensory barriers to audiovisual content that educates, informs and entertains the world. To achieve this, all stakeholders must come together and collaborate to address our industry’s challenges with responsible, comprehensive and fair strategies. And what better place to do this than at the 13th Languages & the Media conference which will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin from 14 to 16 December 2020 under the overall theme “Riding the Wave”, this time round with more rooms, upgraded facilities and a few surprises that we hope will make your experience unique.
The conference will include innovative presentations and workshops that focus, among other topics, on emerging tools and practices, including videogame localisation, machine translation and post-editing, transcreation, ad localisation and new revoicing applications. Click here for a full list of conference themes and subthemes.