UVA Democracy Biennial / Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Essential information to participate in the UVA Democracy Biennial

Where is the Biennial?

The UVA Democracy Biennial will be held simultaneously online and in Charlottesville at John Paul Jones Arena on September 24–25, 2021. You can participate by attending the event in person or by joining us online using the Zoom platform.

Schedule and Registration

How do I get tickets?

Biennial ticket on phoneThe Democracy Biennial is free to attend. In order to remain flexible during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, everyone who wishes to participate must first register via Zoom. Then, in mid-August, all registrants will be emailed instructions and a link to secure tickets, should you decide to attend in person at John Paul Jones Area. Tickets will be provided by Ticketmaster. Attendees may bring their tickets on a mobile device or print the tickets at home. Paper tickets will not be distributed. Seating is general admission.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend?

Per University policy, vaccinated individuals may attend the Biennial with no mask requirement. Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask at all times during the Biennial except when eating and drinking. 

Where do I stay?

If you don't live in or near Charlottesville, the Biennial is a great time to visit one of the most livable towns in America. The city has a lively downtown with fantastic hotel and dining options. The countryside around Charlottesville also features assorted bed and breakfasts and inns. For a comprehensive list of local accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, see VisitCharlottesville.org.

Where do I park?

Biennial attendees may park for free in the JPJ west, south, and east lots as well as the JPJ garage. [See map below.]

map of JPJ arena location and parking lots

Can you accommodate special needs?

Should you require disability-related accommodations, please send your request to greco@virginia.edu as early as possible, but no later than September 1, 2021, so that we have ample time to arrange for the necessary accommodations. Examples of accommodations may include real-time captioning, ASL-English interpreting services, accessible seating, and accessible parking. Please include the following information in your request:

  1. Full name
  2. Contact information
  3. Session(s) you plan to attend
  4. Type of accommodation requested

The Biennial will work with the University’s ADA officer to accommodate requests.

What about security?

All guests will pass through a metal detector and UVA's clear-bag policy will be in effect. The clear-bag policy does not change the items you may bring in, but it restricts the type of bag you can use to carry items. 

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and cannot exceed 12" x 6" x 12". Clear one-gallon plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar) are also permitted.
  • Small clutch bags/wallets no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" (with or without a handle or strap) can be taken in and will be subject to search.
  • An exception will be made for items necessary for medical reasons after proper inspection.