World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Mark you calendar! October 27 has been designated World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (WDAH). This year’s theme is: Archives at Risk – Much More to Do.

In 2007 the first official UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was launched. This date has now been designated an annual event by UNESCO. Each year the day provides an international rallying point for archives across the world to celebrate and recognize the value of these archives to future generations. Archives will be commemorating this Day with a series of activities also designed to raise awareness of the fragility and vulnerability of this heritage.

Audiovisual documents portray our common heritage whether this is in the form of daily news broadcasts; advertisements for popular but passing fads; or more symbolic events that are representative of the cultural identity of a people.

Safeguarding audiovisual heritage is a complex process requiring a range of technical, political, human and financial solutions. Not taking action will result in the loss of entire chapters of this heritage in less than ten years, and lead to impoverishment of the global identity. This World Day is therefore an ideal occasion for everyone to make a conscious collective effort to preserve the audiovisual heritage before it is too late.

On this occasion, the Communication and Information Program of UNESCO created a new webpage dedicated to WDAH. Feel free to keep abreast with all the happenings on this special day.

Also, relive 2013 WDAH.

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About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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