Worlds of Imagination - Media, Place and Tourism
- Start date
Wednesday 7 Apr 2021, 19:30
- End date
Wednesday 7 Apr 2021, 22:20
- Spoken Language
The EUR conference 'Worlds of Imagination: Media, Place and Tourism in Today's Global World' opens with talks about media tourism and the screening of Welcome to the Smiling Coast.
The evening will be hosted by Audilla Vaughn aka Femmetastic and starts with brief speeches by Prof. Dr. Stijn Reijnders (EUR) and Rotterdam film commissioner Saskia Kagchel, followed by a Q&A in which the World of Imagination research team will talk about the interconnections between media, tourism and place.
More and more people travel to places they know from popular films, TV series, books or other forms of popular culture. For example, the city of Dubrovnik is currently one of Europe's tourist hotspots, a popularity largely due to its “stand-in” as King's Landing from Game of Thrones. It started as a small-scale fan phenomenon, but media tourism has now grown into an industry of millions, with a major impact on the culture and economy of the locations involved. This conference sheds light on the interrelationships between media, tourism and place, with the aim of bringing together different perspectives and approaches. During the Talks & Q&A, our researchers will discuss various examples of media tourism, including from non-Western film cultures, and delve deeper into why media tourism has become so popular worldwide. More information about the congress: https://www.worldsofimagination.eu
Welcome to the Smiling Coast
Welcome to the Smiling Coast captures the daily struggles of fifteen youngsters moving within the informal economy of the Gambian tourism industry of sun, safari and sex. With this lure of a better future just around the corner, the dangerous ‘back way’ across deserts and high seas to Europe, is always lingering in their minds. Do they eventually try their luck abroad or find their peace at home? Welcome to the Smiling Coast shows the varied and often creative alternative strategies Gambian youngsters employ to secure their livelihood. Capturing their struggles, hopes and fears, this documentary puts a human and positive face on the informal economy that lies behind the glitter of the Smiling Coast. Welcome to the Smiling Coast was made by Bas Ackermann in collaboration with the Gambian media production house State of Mic. And Emiel Martens.
|19.30||Opening by Audilla Vaughn a.k.a. Femmetastic|
|19.40||Welcome speech by prof. dr. Stijn Reijnders, the principal researcher of the Worlds of the Imagination research project|
|19.50||Speech by Rotterdam film commissioner Saskia Kagchel|
|20.10||Q&A and talks about media tourism with the Worlds of Imagination research team|
|20:50||Introduction of the film by dr. Emiel Martens, researcher at the Worlds of Imagination research project|
|21.00||Closing words by Femmetastic|
|21.05||Screening of Welcome to the Smiling Coast (2016, 72’)|