18 April - Ideas for celebrating

 

While each year there is a specific theme for the 18th April, each National Committee is free to choose a theme that is most relevant to highlight the heritage issues in their nation or region. Below are a number of general suggestions for nationally organized activities to mark this event:

Opening of the exhibition on the Heritage of Astronomy, ICOMOS Doc Centre, 18 April 2009Visits

  • Specific visits designed for School Children, Youth, Students and young professionals of the field, Experts, the General Public
  • to :

  • Monuments and Sites
  • Conservation works in progress
  • Completed projects
  • organized by the National Committee through its Scientific and Regional committees emphasizing local issues that require attention, support and/or promotion among the community, authorities and experts.

    Spreading knowledge

    • Written: Articles in newspapers and magazines
    • Media: Television and radio broadcasts
    • Publicity: Hanging banners in town squares, principal traffic arteries, universities, related organizations, museums, cultural centers, libraries, cafeterias, calling attention to this day and to the preservation of cultural heritage through the reference of local and/or international examples.
    • Talks for Youth, Students and young professionals of the field, Experts, the General Public

    Events

    • Inviting local or foreign experts, personalities academics, students and the community.
    • Organizing discussions in cultural centers, city halls, and other public spaces
    • Exhibitions and competitions of photography, drawings, paintings, etc.
    • Publication of books, postcards, stamps, posters, etc.
    • Awarding prizes to organizations or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage or produced an excellent publication on the subject.
    • Inaugurate a recently restored monument or rehabilitated site.
    • Promotion of “twinning” opportunities between various National Committees, defining areas for co-operation; exchange of speakers; organization of meetings and seminars, or the editing of joint publications.
    • The international Scientific Committee could be invited to debate around the chosen theme.

    The essential aspect is to mark this day so that it becomes not only a day to celebrate your National Heritage, but also a day of International Solidarity in favor of strengthening and safeguarding Heritage world-wide.

     

     

    If you are planning an event linked to 18 April or its theme – please inform the International Secretariat as soon as possible. 


     

     

    18th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium

    "Heritage and Landscape as Human Values"
    9 - 14 November 2014, Florence, Italy

     

    Scientific Symposium 

    Main theme: Heritage and Landscape as Human Values 

    Sub-themes
    1 Sharing and experiencing the identity of communities through tourism and interpretation
    2 Landscape as cultural habitat 
    3 Sustainability through traditional knowledge 
    4 Community driven conservation and local empowerment 
    5 Emerging tools for conservation practice

    Download the call for papers 
    Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2014 
    (Extension of deadline : 10 February 2014) - closed 

     

     

    Practical information (a special dedicated website will be launched shortly) 

    Accomodation in Florence
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    Provisional programme at August 2013    
             
      Date   Time (TBC) Meeting
    Day -3 Fri 7/11 afternoon 14:30 - 18:00 Executive Committee meeting
        evening 19:00 - 23:00 arrival Advisory Committee members, Reception (only for ADCOM members)
    Day -2 Sat 8/11 morning 9:00 - 18:00 Registration
        and    
        afternoon    
    Day -2 Sat 8/11 morning 9:00 - 13:00 Advisory Committee meeting: Plenary session
        afternoon 14:30 - 18:00 Advisory Committee meeting: Scientific Council meeting/Regional Group meetings
    Day -1 Sun 9/11 morning 9:00 - 13:00 Registration
        and    
        afternoon 14:30 - 18:00  
    Day -1 Sun 9/11 morning 9:00 - 13:00 Advisory Committee meeting: Plenary session
        afternoon 14:30 - 18:00 Executive Committee meeting
        evening 19:00 - 23:00 Welcome reception (and Registration) - Gala Dinner, Fortezza da Basso
    Day 1 Mon 10/11 morning 9:00 - 18:00 Registration
        and    
        afternoon    
    Day 1 Mon 10/11 morning 9:00 - 13:00 General Assembly: Opening Plenary session
        afternoon 14:30 - 18:00 Scientific Symposium: Plenary session
        evening 18:00 - 20:00 Networking event: Regional groups
            Candidatures Committee meeting
            Resolutions Committee meeting
            Credentials Committee meeting
        evening 18:00 - 20:00 Reception/Event on the 20th anniversary of the Nara Document on Authenticity, Teatro della Pergola
    Day 2 Tue 11/11 morning 9:00 - 13:00 Scientific Symposium 5 parallel sessions
        afternoon 14:30 - 18:00 Scientific Symposium 5 parallel sessions
        evening 18:00 - 20:00 Networking event: International Scientific Committees
            Resolutions Committee meeting
            Credentials Committee meeting
          18:00 - 20:00 Youth Forum 
          20:00 - 23:00 announcement of RDBF-LBT Prize, Reception
    Day 3 Wed 12/11 morning 9:00 - 13:00 Scientific Symposium 5 parallel sessions
        afternoon 14:30 - 18:00 General Assembly : Statutory issues & elections, working sessions
        evening 19:00 - 23:00 Round Table on the Venice Charter, Nuovo Teatro dell'Opera 
          20:00- 21:00 Break (Light dinner) 
          21:00 - 23:00 Concerto T. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Nuovo Teatro dell'Opera 
    Day 4 Thu 13/11 morning 9:00 - 13:00 Site visits
        afternoon 14:30 - 18:00 International Scientific Committee meetings
        evening   Free
    Day 5 Fri 14/11 morning 9:00 - 13:00 General Assembly: Plenary session, Resolutions
        afternoon 14:30 - 18:00 Scientific Symposium: Conclusions, Closing Ceremony
        evening 18:00 - 20:00 Gazzola Prize ceremony and awarding of scholarships
          20:30 - 23:00 Dinner
    Day 6 Sat 15/11 morning 9:00 - 13:00 Executive Committee meeting
        afternoon 14:30 - 18:00 Departure & Start of Post-conference tours

    18 April - History

     

    On 18 April 1982, on the occasion of a symposium organized by ICOMOS Tunisia and a corresponding meeting of the Bureau in Hammamet, it was suggested that a day be established to celebrate the diversity of heritage throughout the world. From this idea, the International Day for Monuments and Sites was born. This project was approved by the Executive Committee who also provided practical suggestions to the National Committees on how to organize this day.

    The UNESCO General Conference adopted the concept by passing a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year “International Monuments and Sites Day”.

    While many countries and regions have established heritage days, such as the European Heritage Days celebrated each year in September, the International Day for Monuments and Sites presents an opportunity for all ICOMOS National Committees to advocate their shared cause together on the same day.

    At the revival of this day in 2001, ICOMOS President Michael Petzet and the Executive Committee proposed that the 18th of April be used by all Committees to draw attention to a particularly endangered type of cultural heritage in conjunction with the annual Heritage at Risk report. Every year a growing number of ICOMOS National Committees all over the world are holding special events on the 18th April.

    Additional information