Atlas Virtual to Be Featured at AIDS2020: Virtual

At AIDS2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Erwin Kokkelkoren, Artistic Director and Writer, Bert Oele, Producer, and the other creative folks at Les Enfants Terribles presented ATLAS2018, a vast multimedia project giving a face and voice to people living with HIV/AIDS in fourteen countries on six continents, which drew rave reviews from the attendees [A&U, July 2018]. The Atlas Project had planned to present another multimedia presentation at AIDS2020 in San Francisco and Oakland, California, scheduled for July 6-10. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AIDS2020 has had to revamp their plans for the conference, taking it online as AIDS2020: Virtual.

Thus, the Atlas Project has also morphed into ATLAS VIRTUAL. The Atlas Project will stream an 8-hour program three times a day with stories, documentaries, and photographs of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) all over the world, and a live daily talk show from Cultural Center De Balie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The daily talk show will feature guests in the studio and online, as well as live music. ATLAS VIRTUAL will launch on July 6 at 8:00 CET.

Watch a sample of the Atlas Project’s 2018 work, “Lunch with Long Term Survivors in San Francisco U.S.A. 2018,” below:

Lunch with Long Term Survivors in San Francisco U.S.A. 2018 from Les Enfants Terribles on Vimeo.

Over the last several years, Atlas has interviewed, photographed, and filmed a diverse group of HIV community members sharing their stories of life with HIV. The group’s work has produced various documentaries, hundreds of video stories, exhibitions, presentations, and social media campaigns. The purpose of ATLAS VIRTUAL is to showcase the strength and resilience of the brave men and women of the world’s HIV communities. Plans include revisiting some of the HIV-positive women and men from South Africa, Zambia, Cambodia, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Suriname, Russia, the U.S. who participated in ATLAS2018.

For more information about ATLAS VIRTUAL, log on to or write to Mr. Kokkelkoren at [email protected].

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.