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March 21, 2023

F@IMP Media Festival and General Assembly / Conference 2023 “The Virtual Museum”: Welcome to St Andrews! Conference

Welcome to St Andrews, Scotland!

Cordial invitation to the F@IMP Festival and the AVICOM General Assembly / Conference 2023:

Sustainable Preservation and Promotion of Heritage: The Virtual Museum

It is now definite: The traditional international AVICOM Festival (Festival of Audiovisual and Innovative Museum Media Productions) 2023 in combination with the annual General Assembly / Conference of AVICOM  will take place from Thursday 21 September (arrival day) to Sunday 24 September (excursion and departure day) in the university town of St Andrews in Scotland.

Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410, and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413.

At the last Faimp Festival, the University of St Andrews, School of Computer Science, had won an award with their website production “Virtual Orkney North Isles”. AVICOM is grateful that, as is tradition at the festivals, the university as a winning institution has agreed to host this year’s festival and conference.

Photo: Charles Clegg

The F@IMP Festival:

AVICOM invites all museums and other cultural institutions as well as media producers who are members of ICOM to participate in this year’s Media Festival.

Please note that the categories have changed as follows: Museum film, animation –  Media – Web – Exhibition installation – Mobile application.

The following criteria will be assessed in the categories: Research, documentary – Education and mediation – Interpretation – Inclusivity and sustainability.

The General Assembly / Conference:  Sustainable Preservation and Promotion of Heritage: The Virtual Museum

In addition, AVICOM cordially invites you to participate in this year’s General Assembly / Conference. The theme is “The Virtual Museum”:  What are the content-related and methodological criteria for a Virtual Museum and what distinguishes it from other online museum databases? In which cases does the installation of a VM make sense? Can and may the VM replace the physical museum? Does the VM pose a threat to the physical museum or can the VM support the physical museum? Are there target groups that can be reached better via the VM than via the physical museum? What opportunities does the VM offer in terms of barrier reduction, inclusion and sustainability?

Submission of contributions is closed.

The Festival and Conference are intended as hybrid events.

The language at the Festival and in the General Assembly / Conference is English.

Here you can find the preliminary program which will be continuously updated, the registration form and some useful informations:

Schedule-AVICOM Annual Conference Festival 2023-Version 06July

Registration form


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions:

Media Festival: Ms Ildikó  Fejes, Festival Director:

General Assembly / Conference: Mr Dr Michael H. Faber, Chair of AVICOM: