Partners and Collaborators
When and where exactly will the Festival be held?
The Asia-Pacific Digital Rights Festival will be a hybrid, week-long event scheduled for late May 2023. In-person activities will be hosted in multiple creative spaces across Chiang Mai, including galleries, museums, cafes, and theatres.
For attendees who cannot participate in person, many activities, including the plenary sessions, will be livestreamed, with recordings of talks, panel discussions, workshops, and other activities uploaded to Cinemata.
What can participants expect from the Festival?
Festival co-design and collaboration
After over two years of virtual events and limited ways to engage with one another, EngageMedia will co-create the Festival agenda with our partners and participants. By bringing in diverse voices and perspectives from the region, the Festival aims to create and strengthen bridges across the media, technology, and human rights fields.
We also encourage parallel events before, during, and after the Festival. These could take the form of training sessions, meetings, issue-based convergences, and much more.
Local and regional contexts on digital rights issues
Festival attendees can expect an array of spaces to discuss important conversations and collaborate on addressing vital and pressing digital rights issues, including digital authoritarianism, free speech and media freedom, disinformation, digital safety, digital labour, and much more.
Emphasis on media and creativity
The festival will have a strong emphasis on media and creativity and will include exhibitions, performances, music, media making, and a film festival. This digital rights film festival will be open to the public on a per screening basis.
We will also host several large public discussions that will not require a festival pass or invite. These high profile events will bring speakers from across the region and around the world, aiming to create bridges across the media, technology, and human rights fields.
Will there be logistics support for Festival attendees?
EngageMedia will provide a limited number of travel sponsorships to attend the Festival. The application process will be open to the public in early 2023. Click here to stay updated on the latest news surrounding the Festival.
Support the Festival
If you would like to support the Asia-Pacific Digital Rights Festival, please fill out the form below.