GALA Events Series

GALA organizes several types of events for members and the professional community. Below you will find descriptions of the events we offer. Please check the Events Calendar to learn about upcoming GALA events.

GALA Loc Mixers bring together translation and localization industry professionals to connect, share knowledge, and build professional communities. These gatherings are a fun, informal way to connect with local colleagues and peers. They are also a great visibility opportunity for the organizing member.

Attend a Mixer
GALA members regularly co-organize events in cities like Cairo, Seattle, Munich, Dublin, and Tokyo. They typically take place at a restaurant, pub, or public place of gathering. Anyone is welcome attend a GALA Loc Mixer. Attendance is free, though the participant will typically cover their own food and beverage. Visit our events calendar to see the list of upcoming GALA Loc Mixers. (Please note that during the pandemic, Loc Mixers have moved online.)

Co-organize a Loc Mixer
Any GALA member is welcome to co-organize a mixer by working with GALA staff to arrange a gathering in their city. Organizers provide “on-the-ground” support like arranging a date, time, and venue, and GALA does the rest by sending invitations, collecting RSVPs, and publicizing the event. To organize a mixer, please first visit our guidelines page. Then, fill out the request form and GALA staff will setup and confirm your event

The GALA Executive Forum is a place for localization industry executives to connect, share, and learn with their peers. GALA believes in the power of community -- of collective experience and wisdom -- as a key feature of professional development and endeavors to support industry executives in their professional growth through these focused events. For more information about the program, please contact us and check the event calendar for upcoming events. 

Through the Localization Forum, GALA collaborates with other industry and allied-industry organizations to provide expert content at their events. The purpose of the GALA Localization Forums is to inform professionals about trends and emerging practices in globalization, localization, and language technology. It is a way for us to introduce the corporate language industry to new audiences and provide a deeper understanding to those already familiar with it. It is also an opportunity for us to place speakers at coveted industry events. The GALA Localization Forum draws an audience of hundreds. 

Annual Conference
GALA launched its Language of Business conference series in 2009. The 3-day annual conference has been held in cities across Europe and North America and draws delegates from across the globe to learn, share, and network. With attendance of up to 500 registrants annually, it has become one of the regular gathering places for professionals in the translation and localization sector.

The GALA conference has earned a reputation for being an open, inclusive place to learn with peers. It has a collaborative atmosphere and a buoyant, energetic vibe. It is one of GALA’s most successful programs.

The next GALA conference will be held in 24-27 April 2022 in San Diego, CA, USA.  


GALA Connected
2020 encouraged us all to find new ways of working, socializing, and creating community. Despite the rapid change, GALA remains committed to serving the global language community in ways that suit these new needs. The online format of the GALA Connected conference allows for wider engagement with more industry players in an interactive and inclusive setting. Without the barriers of cost and travel, we can welcome a diverse audience and invite new perspectives.

The next GALA Connected virtual conference will be held 5-7 October 2021.