Department of Arts and Culture celebrates the World Day for Audio Visual Heritage

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26 Oct 2016

The National Film, Video and Sound Archives Unit  will celebrate the World Day for Audio Visual Heritage under the theme, “It’s your story – don’t lose it " on Thursday, 27 October 2016 at the Department of Arts and Culture Events Hall in Arcadia,  Pretoria.

On the 27th October 1980, the UNESCO’s General Conference adopted the recommendation for the “safeguarding and preservation of moving images”, the first international instrument to declare the cultural and historical importance of film and television recordings, and calling for decisive steps to ensure their preservation. In response to a proposal by the Czech Republic in October 2005, UNESCO’s General Conference approved the proclamation of 27 October as the annual World Day for Audio-visual Heritage.

The day is aimed at raising general awareness on the importance of audio-visual documents as part of our priceless heritage, our collective memory and a valuable source of knowledge. Sound recordings and moving images in any form are vulnerable, and easily discarded or deliberately destroyed. Unless public awareness of the importance of preservation is increased, this trend will continue. Conserving this heritage and ensuring it remains accessible to the public and future generations is a vital goal for all memory institutions as well as the public at large.

This event will also create a platform where filmmakers, musicians and audiovisual industry pioneers will be lobbied to donate their collections to the National Film, Video and Sound Archives and it will be a good opportunity to promote the Legal Deposit Act.

The event is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date    :        27 October 2016
Time   :        09:00
Venue :        Department of Arts and Culture, Events Hall (Ground floor),
                    Corner  Stanza Bopape & Steve Biko street, Arcadia, Pretoria

Media RSVPs: Obed Mokgoale: 079 311 8546 /obedm@dac.gov.za or Prince Njaju: 071 997 4820: princenj@dac.gov.za

Media enquiries: Teresa Magidela: 060 601 7724/TeresaM@dac.gov.za

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture