Audiovisual archives tell us stories about people’s lives and cultures from all over the world. They represent a priceless heritage which is an affirmation of our collective memory and a valuable source of knowledge since they reflect the cultural, social and linguistic diversity of our communities. They help us grow and comprehend the world we all share. Conserving this heritage and ensuring it remains accessible to the public and future generations is a vital goal for all memory institutions, as well as the public at large.
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage takes place every 27 October. This commemorative day was chosen by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2005 to raise awareness of the significance and preservation risks of recorded sound and audiovisual documents (films, sound and video recordings, radio and television programmes).
The main objectives
The main objectives of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage are identified as:
(a) raising public awareness of the need for preservation;
(b) providing opportunities to celebrate specific local, national or international aspects of the heritage;
(c) highlighting the accessibility of archives;
(d) attracting media attention to heritage issues;
(e) raising the cultural status of the audiovisual heritage;
(f) highlighting audiovisual heritage in danger, especially in developing countries.
Additional objectives could include fundraising, building relationships, advancing a preservation agenda with political institutions and establishing the validity of preservation in the public mind
This year the theme of the Audiovisual Heritage Day is “Your Window to the World”. Around the world audiovisual archives join together annually on this day to celebrate their work with events that not only highlight the vulnerability of these valuable materials, but also to celebrate the often unheralded work of the institutions that provide protection and preservation, ensuring their availability in the future.