WORLD DAY FOR AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE [UNESCO]: OCTOBER 27, 2014

WORLD DAY FOR AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE

Quick Facts

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is observed on October 27 every year.

Local names

Name Language
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage English
Día Mundial del Patrimonio Audiovisual Spanish
יום מורשת חזותית עולם אודיו Hebrew
باليوم العالمي للتراث السمعي Arabic
시청각 문화 유산에 대한 세계의 날 Korean
Welttag des audiovisuellen Erbes German

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2014 Theme: ‘Archives at Risk: Much More to Do’

Monday, October 27, 2014

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
List of dates for other years

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is annually observed on October 27 to build global awareness of issues on preserving audiovisual material, such as sound recordings and moving images.

cutout of 16mm motion picture projector

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage explores issues such as ways to preserve audiovisual material and documents.

©iStockphoto.com/Michael Kurtz

What do people do?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works with organizations, governments and communities promote the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27 each year. Activities and events include:

  • Competitions, such as a logo contest, to promote the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.
  • Local programs organized as a joint effort between national film archives, audiovisual societies, television or radio stations, and governments.
  • Panel discussions, conferences, and public talks on the importance of preserving important audiovisual documents.
  • Special film screenings.

Countries previously involved in observing the day included (but were not exclusive to) Canada, Denmark, Thailand, and the United States.

Public life

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Many sound recordings, moving images and other audiovisual material are lost because of neglect, natural decay and technological obsolescence. Organizations such as UNESCO felt that more audiovisual documents would be lost if stronger and concerted international action was not taken. A proposal to commemorate a World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was approved at a UNESCO general conference in 2005. The first World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was held on October 27, 2007.

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage aims to raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken. It also focuses on acknowledging the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identity.

Symbols

UNESCO’s logo features a drawing of a temple with the “UNESCO” acronym under the roof of the temple and on top of the temple’s foundation. Underneath the temple are the words “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”. This logo is often used in promotional material for the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sat Oct 27 2007 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Mon Oct 27 2008 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Tue Oct 27 2009 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Wed Oct 27 2010 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Thu Oct 27 2011 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Sat Oct 27 2012 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Sun Oct 27 2013 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Mon Oct 27 2014 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Tue Oct 27 2015 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Thu Oct 27 2016 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Fri Oct 27 2017 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Sat Oct 27 2018 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Sun Oct 27 2019 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance
Tue Oct 27 2020 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage United Nations observance

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