World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2024 (27th October)

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2024

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is celebrated annually on October 27 to raise awareness of the importance of audiovisual documents and to draw attention to the urgent need to protect them.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage Theme 2024

As of today, the theme for the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2024 has not been announced yet.

The theme in 2023 was “Your Window to the World”. This celebration served as a significant initiative for UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to recognize and honor the professionals and institutions dedicated to preserving our audiovisual heritage for the benefit of future generations.

What is Audiovisual Heritage

Preserving this heritage and making it accessible to the public and future generations is a paramount objective for memory institutions and society as a whole. To further this goal, the UNESCO Archives has initiated the project “Digitizing our shared UNESCO history”. This project is dedicated to preserving and sharing historical records and audiovisual materials related to UNESCO’s mission and activities, thus ensuring that this vital part of our global heritage remains available and meaningful to all.

Moreover, World Day provides an opportunity for UNESCO’s Member States to assess their efforts in implementing the 2015 Recommendation Concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage, Including in Digital Form. This annual event is a reminder of the importance of preserving and accessing audiovisual documents for future generations and ensuring the safeguarding of our cultural heritage.

History of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage commemorates the adoption of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images by the 21st General Conference in 1980. This day serves as a platform to increase public awareness about the necessity of taking immediate action and recognizing the significance of audiovisual materials.

Significance of Audiovisual Heritage Day

Audiovisual archives are repositories of stories that offer insights into people’s lives and diverse cultures worldwide. They are a precious heritage, representing our collective memory and a rich source of knowledge that mirrors the cultural, social, and linguistic diversity within our societies. These archives play a significant role in our growth and understanding of the world we all inhabit.

27th October 2024 Special Day

On the 27th of October 2024, the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is commemorated globally to emphasize the significance of audiovisual documents and highlight the pressing need for their preservation. This special day serves as a reminder of the invaluable cultural and historical treasures contained in audiovisual archives, urging collective efforts to safeguard these documents for future generations.


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