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World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Quick Facts

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

Local names

NameLanguage
World Day for Audiovisual HeritageEnglish
Día Mundial del Patrimonio AudiovisualSpanish
יום מורשת חזותית עולם אודיוHebrew
باليوم العالمي للتراث السمعيArabic
시청각 문화 유산에 대한 세계의 날Korean
Welttag des audiovisuellen ErbesGerman

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2014

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:

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SatOct 272007World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 272008World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 272009World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 272010World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 272011World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 272012World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 272013World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
MonOct 272014World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 272015World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 272016World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 272017World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 272018World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 272019World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 272020World Day for Audiovisual HeritageUnited Nations observance 
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