Audiovisual Heritage

‘Bring to life’ precious moments caught on film or tape, UN agency urges on World Day

Old, grainy film and video footage from years gone by, not only stirs powerful memories – it’s also a vital resource for future generations, the United Nations cultural agency has highlighted, urging everyone to safeguard audio-visual heritage and make archives more accessible.

Linking past and present, audiovisual heritage is ‘part of our common history,’ UNESCO says on World Day

Through sound recordings and moving images, audiovisual heritage provides priceless insight to the past while preserving unique documentation for future generations, the United Nations cultural agency said on the day set aside to raise global awareness about the importance of the fragility of this heritage.

World Day celebrates “the memory of mankind”

Films, videos and sound recordings are a means to tell stories about the world’s people while also reflecting their diversity.

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‘It’s your story – don’t lose it,’ UNESCO says marking World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Archives are humanity’s collective memory bank, maintained in many public and private organizations, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said today, urging all public and private entities as well as relevant professionals to take urgent action to safeguard audiovisual works and records ‘as an integral part of our shared heritage.”

World at risk of losing audiovisual heritage: UNESCO

The world is at risk of losing its audiovisual heritage of sound recordings and moving images due to neglect, natural decay, technological obsolescence and deliberate destruction.

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