World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is celebrated on October 27th. This holiday reminds us of the importance of preserving audiovisual resources, such as movies, music videos, voice recordings, and more. Even in today’s digital age, CDs and cassettes remain an integral part of our lives and should not be forgotten.
The holiday was founded in 2005, with the United Nations and the Coordinating Council of the Association of Audiovisual Archives advocating for its establishment. Surprisingly, the CCAAA does not have any full-time positions, but relies on volunteers to help the cause. They work with many other organizations to help preserve our heritage.
Preserving documents is of utmost importance since these are our memories and a part of our history, which can easily be lost. In just a few years, audiovisual sources can be badly damaged and even beyond restoration, but with proper care and attention, they can be saved for future generations. Today, the world celebrates all those involved in archiving and preserving audiovisual materials. This is a difficult but necessary job that requires accuracy and precision. Librarians, archivists, and other caring people take on the responsibility of preserving our files.
- Archival workers in New York have preserved over 40 files.
- UN workers have created a special collection with recordings of famous people, such as presidents, astronauts, scientists, and inventors.
- There is a unique archive describing the work of the UN.
- The audio industry is growing rapidly due to technological advancements.
How to take part
If you wish to get involved, you can become a volunteer and help further the preservation of audiovisual resources. Look for any events happening in your city and participate. You can also learn more about the resources available in your local library.
When is World Day for Audiovisual Heritage celebrated in 2023?
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is observed on October 27 each year.