Wednesday, July 19, 2023

International Youth Media Summit


The International Youth Media Summit is being held in La Crosse from July 24 - August 6. IYMS invites the La Crosse community and friends to join in this celebration of global unity. 

18th IYMS - Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, July 25 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the UWL Student Union Theater, 521 East Avenue North

Help us give our delegates from over 20 countries a warm welcome to La Crosse as we kick off the 2023 Summit. La Crosse musicians will perform during the ceremony and for the post-ceremony dance party, open to all attendees.

Special guests will include:

  • Wisconsin State Senator Brad Pfaff
  • Carol Abrahamson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy
  • Keynote Address by IYMS delegate Arman from Afghanistan. A story of courage, determination and community support after the fall of Kabul in 2021.

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IYMS Talent Show on Friday, July 28 from 7 p.m. (show starts at 7:30) at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street

Come around the world with us! Our delegates will share their cultures through music, dance and spoken word performances. La Crosse will be the first community ever invited to share in this beloved Summit tradition.

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Screening of the Feature Film JOHN on Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 (screening starts at 8) at the Rivoli Theater, 117 4th Street North

An IYMS Films Co-production 

Q&A with writer/director Babar Ali

Pakistani Writer/Director Ali grew up surrounded by the effects of violence and has made it his personal and artistic mission to see that other young people can be spared that trauma. He says, "JOHN is my attempt to understand what it takes for a human to take the life of another human being. Perhaps we can bring a change if we can understand it." The film just opened in Pakistan to rave reviews! “Brilliant cinematic style…immersive storytelling… Pakistani cinema taken to the next level!"

(Not suitable for young children)

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Screening of select SANATIONE Episodes on Thursday, August 3 at 7:30 (show starts at 8) at the Rivoli Theater, 117 4th Street North

With Subjects from La Crosse & Filmmakers from Around the World

In March 2020, when the world entered crisis mode, a group of filmmakers across the globe grabbed their cameras. They captured everything - isolation, coping, kindness and joy.  Join us to watch selected episodes, several of which were filmed in La Crosse!

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La Crosse Queen Cruise on Friday, August 4.

Assemble at 9:45am for Cruise 10 a.m. to noon at 405 E. Veterans Memorial Drive (north end of Riverside Park)

Join our Summit delegates on the La Crosse Queen Cruise as they experience sailing down an American icon – the fabled Mississippi. The ultimate La Crosse Summit photo op! (Seating limited – first come, first served)

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Closing Ceremony and Screening of Completed Films on Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. (show starts at 8) at the Rivoli Theater, 117 4th Street North

This is it – the big Summit finale. The delegates will screen their seven short films, filmed around La Crosse and produced in two short weeks. Celebrate with them. And be among the first to see: “2024 – The Big Reveal” and discover the location of next year’s Summit!

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