27 October 2021

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage - 27 October.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27th seeks to raise awareness about the need to preserve important audiovisual material for future generations.

In today’s world of technology, we create and find most types of information in digital form. This technology includes music, videos, and audio. Things like cassette tapes, film reels, and VHS tapes are all becoming obsolete. While we still have CDs and DVDs, even these types of media aren’t as popular as they once were.

In recognizing this trend, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) knew something had to be done to protect audiovisual material. UNESCO realizes audiovisual documents contain the history of the 20th and 21st centuries. Unfortunately, these documents can easily be destroyed or damaged. For these reasons, it’s all the more important to preserve our audiovisual heritage.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage also celebrates those who do dedicate their energy to archiving and protecting our heritage. Many caretakers, including librarians and archivists, work hard to preserve our audiovisual heritage. They care greatly for these valuable collections. It takes knowledge and devotion to preserve, digitize, and provide access to audiovisual files.

On October 27, 1980, UNESCO adopted the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images. During UNESCO’s conference in 2005, the General Conference passed a resolution to proclaim October 27th as World Day for Audiovisual Heritage History. The date commemorates the resolution passed 15 years earlier.

The theme for the year 2021 is "Your Window to the World".

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