The Asian Film Archive (AFA) celebrates World Audiovisual Heritage Day with our Volunteers Appreciation Day. AFA values our volunteers as they are an integral part of the archive, helping with the preservation and archiving of our films as well as the operations, outreach and access to the public for our public screenings.
With the opening of the newly-opened Oldham Theatre at the National Archives of Singapore where the AFA holds regular weekly screenings, volunteers have become more integral to the running of our programs more than ever.
For the Volunteers Appreciation Day, staff, volunteers and other guests of AFA gathered at Oldham Theatre to celebrate. There was a tea reception, as well as a recognition of our volunteers ontributions, followed by a screening of AFA’s new release film for October: the Chinese film by Wang Xiaoshuai, So Long, My Son (2019).
The day was also a great opportunity to recognise the dedication and loyal service devoted to AFA by our staff. Archivist Chew Tee Pao was awarded with a Certificate of Recognition for his ten years of service to the organisation. Operations Executive Christina Mak and Outreach Officer Thong Kay Wee were recongnised as well for their five years of service to AFA.
About World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage – 27 October – is key initiative for both UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to honour audiovisual preservation professionals and institutions that safeguard our heritage for future generations. Around the world audiovisual archives join together annually on this day to celebrate their work with events that not only highlight the vulnerability of these valuable materials, but also to celebrate the often, unheralded work of the institutions that provide protection and preservation, ensuring their availability in the future.
More information about this year’s initiatives can be read here.