5 October 2016The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a commemoration of the adoption, in 1980 by the 21st General Conference, of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images. The World Day provides an occasion to raise general awareness of the need to take urgent measures and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents.
"That's your story - do not lose it!" is the slogan of this year's celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October).
The world’s audiovisual heritage of sound recordings and moving images are extremely vulnerable as a result of factors ranging from neglect, natural decay to technological obsolescence, as well as deliberate destruction.
Consequently, UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty has made it part of its mission to raise public consciousness of the importance of preservation of these recordings through the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. In this regard, on 27 October 2016 held a series of events dedicated to this day. Representatives of the UNESCO Almaty Office will talk about the activities of the UNESCO program "Memory of the World" and the National Committee.
All of the world's audiovisual heritage is endangered. Therefore the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage and the Memory of the World Programme, have become the two key actions for UNESCO and the world to honour preservation professionals that help to safeguard this heritage for future generations despite the many technical, political, social, financial and other factors that threaten its survival.
Annually, archives around the world join together to celebrate audiovisual archives with activities that not only highlight the vulnerability of this heritage, but celebrate the often unheralded work of the heritage institutions that protect it.
UNESCO Cluster Office encourages everyone, everywhere to join us in celebrating 27 October to demonstrate their precious collections so that present and future generations can enjoy the treasures that are our shared audiovisual heritage.
National Archives of Film and Photo Documents; archives and libraries, owning rare funds, private archives; archives of digital heritage and the citizens of Central Asia indifferent to their history are invited on the celebrations.
Message from Ms Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2016