Happy International Day for Monuments and Sites!
In 2012 we celebrate the "World Heritage"
"Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage.
What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage , adopted by UNESCO in 1972."
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In 2013, the theme is Heritage of Education (schools, universities, libraries, academies, etc.) in its expressions in different geo-cultural contexts.
Throughout history and in different geo-cultural contexts, education was practised in a wide range of places or buildings. Open spaces, agora or the protective shadow of a tree could be useful for the transmission of knowledge, but also specific institutional buildings such as schools, universities, madrasas, academies, libraries, monasteries, etc.
Many of those buildings, groups of buildings or sites are recognised as bearing not only social or institutional values but also historic or artistic ones, and have therefore become a significant part of our cultural heritage.
The protection and conservation of the heritage of education not only implies preserving cultural assets but also, at the same time, celebrating education as one of the fundamental human tasks.
Picture: Early professor and poet of the University of Salamanca, Spain © Shiraz Chakera / Flickr
Presentation of this year's theme: the World Heritage
By regions By Categories of cultural heritage
Bibliographies by the ICOMOS Documentation Centre
- World Heritage in Asia and Pacific 2011 (August 2011)
- World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean 2011 (Augustt 2011)
- World Herigage in the Arab States (August 2011)
- World Heritage in Africa (August 2011)
- World Heritage Historic Gardens 2011 (Augustt 2011)
- World Heritage Cultural Landscapes 2011 (Augustt 2011)
- Industrial and Technical Heritage in the World Heritage List 2011 (Augustt 2011)
- World Heritage Urban Sites 2011 - Part I (countries from A to J)
Part II (countries from K to Y) (August 2011)
- Modern Heritage Properties (19th and 20th Centuries) on the World Heritage List 2011 (August 2011)
- Rock art sites in the World Heritage list - 2011 (August 2011)
- World Heritage Hominid Sites (August 2011)
By Categories of cultural heritage
18 Avril 2012 - Events
List of countries:
Argentina - Armenia - Australia - China - Costa Rica - Croatia - Dominican Republic - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - India - Ireland - Jordan - Luxembourg - Macao - Malta - Mexico - Morocco - Nepal - Nigeria - Pakistan - Peru - Serbia - Tanzania - Turkey - USA - Venezuela
Who? ICOMOS Argentina
What? 3 Conferences:
- 1. Conference on cultural routes Co-organised with Mendoza University. Mendoza, 26-27 April. ICOMOS Argentina General Assembly will be held on 27 April, including elections for the renovation of the Executive Board.
- 2.Conference “World Heritage and sustainable development: the role of local communities”. Co-organised with the UNESCO Chair on Cultural Tourism. Buenos Aires, 15 May.
- 3. Conference on cultural landscapes. Co-organised with Patagonian National University. Río Gallegos, 13-15 June.
Who? ICOMOS Armenia, in friendly cooperation with the national committees of ICOMOS Germany, Guatemala, Tunisia, Iran, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Japan, China, Norway, Peru, Finland
What? An exhibition entitled "World Heritage archaeological sites". This exhibition consists of 20 posters, designed to increase awareness and responsibility for archaeological heritage. A special poster highlights the criteria for inscription on the World Heritage List. The exhibition will be inaugurated in the presence of Mayor of Yerevan, law officials and the embassies concerned.
When? From 18 April 2012 to September 1, 2012
Opening April 18, 2012 at 15:00
Where? Archaeological Site-Museum Erebuni - Address: 38, rue Erebuni, 020, Yerevan - Tel. : + 374 10 43 89 53
Download the complete brochure / Exhibition poster
Who? ICOMOS National Committee of Australia
When? 18 April 2012
Where? Hyde Park Barracks, Queens Square, Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000
What? INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MONUMENTS AND SITES NSW SYMPOSIUM
The 2012 Heritage Address will be held on Wednesday 18 April and features Emeritus Professor of History Graeme Davison AO speaking on ‘Heritage in a Modern Society’.
Graeme Davison has taught at the University of Melbourne, Harvard University (where he was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies) and at Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of the Humanities and an Adjunct Professor in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.
He has been active as an advisor to heritage bodies, museums and in other fields of public history where his publications include A Heritage Handbook and The Use and Abuse of Australian History. His current projects include a collaborative history of the Powerhouse Museum and a history of suburban Australia.
The address is free, but bookings are essential.
Where: Museum Theatre, Lower ground floor, Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens
When: 6 pm start, Wednesday 18 April 2012
“World Heritage; local perspectives” – an SA ICOMOS event
ICOMOS members and friends are invited to participate in a discussion and drinks. Speakers include:
- Anthony Coupe – ‘The Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, Mauritius
- Liz Vines – ‘Pingyao and Kaiping (China) and Penang’
- Kevin O’Sullivan – ‘Tales of Five World Heritage Cities: Verona, Venezia, Firenze, Siena & Roma’
- Iris Iwanicki – ‘Woomera and the Cold War’
Date: Friday 27 April
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: ‘State Dining Room’ Ayers House
Cost: $15 for members and associate members, $20 for non-members
Further information is available in the World Heritage; local perspectives flier.
Who? State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) and Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, co-organized by ICOMOS China
When? April 10th—11th, 2012
What? “Wuxi Forum on Chinese Cultural Heritage Conservation - World Heritage：Sustainable Development”
Some 100 participants from world cultural heritage sites in China and provincial cultural heritage administrations, as well as experts from international organizations, such as Mr. Grellan Rourke, Chairman of ICCROM Council and Executive Committee Member of ICOMOS, Mr. Mounir Bouchenaki, Special Consultant of UNESCO, former DG of ICCROM and Mr. Guo Zhan, Vice President of ICOMOS, many leading Chinese experts, attended the forum. Presentations covered a wide array of themes including management, monitoring, heritage and economy, empowering local communities. The Forum was concluded with the adoption of Wuxi Proposal. Site visits were made before and after the Forum.
The Photo exhibition entitled Chinese World Heritage goes into Community was also held with the Forum.
Where? Wuxi, Jiangsu province
Who? State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) and Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, co-organized by ICOMOS China.
When? April 16th, 2012
What? Celebration Ceremony of the International Day on Monuments and Sites. During the celebration, the three world cultural heritage sites in Henan were opened free of charge to the public or with reduced entrance fee, and the meaning of the International Day on Monuments and Sites was disseminated to the public through a series of activities.
Participants: Mr. Mounir Bouchenaki, Special Consultant of UNESCO, Mr. Guo Zhan, Vice president of ICOMOS, representatives from the provincial and municipal governments and local citizens.
Where? Luoyang, Henan province
Who? Sponsored by SACH and organized by IICC-X, with the participation of ICOMOS experts from abroad, including its President Mr. Gustavo Araoz, as well as leading Chinese experts in the field.
When? April 21st—24th, 2012
What? International Seminar on Cultural Route Monitoring and Management.
Through discussion between Chinese and foreign peers, the monitoring and management issues of cultural routes such as the Silk Road will be discussed. Representatives from the provincial cultural heritage administrations along the Chinese section of the Silk Road will also participate in the seminar. Visitation of sites of the Silk Roads at Xi’an will be held.
Where? Xi’an, Shaanxi province
Read the report of all the activities held on 18 April 2012 in:
- Wuxi, Jiangsu province Luoyang
- Henan province Chengde, a World Heritage site in Hebei province
- Xi’an, Shaanxi province
- Zhouzhuang and Tongli, Jiangsu province
- Suzhou, Jiangsu province
Who? ICOMOS Croatie / Department of art history, University of Rijeka / Zagreb Society of Architects
- Scientific Conference "Conversationes about the Heritage" that we are organizing for the Intternational Day for Monuments and sites in cooperation with the Department of art history, University of Rijeka.
- We are organizing a series of lectures in cooperation with Zagreb Society of Architects about the restoration projects on UNESCO WH sites in Croatia.
Download programs (1 & 2) and the poster
Who? ICOMOS Dominican Republic
What? XXXI National Seminar on Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites, on the theme World Heritage and Sustainable Development.
Where? Colonial City of Santo Domingo
When? Opening on Friday 30 November 2012.
Who? ICOMOS France, En partenariat avec le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
What? Symposium: Les biens en série du Patrimoine mondial - Nouvel enjeu, nouveaux critères
When? 17 and 18 December 2012
Where? Poitiers, France
The Landesdenkmalamt Berlin and co-organizers invite the public to attend the Berlin Monument Day on 17th of April under the title "City under electricity - the heritage of the Elektropolis Berlin". The conference is dedicated to most significant examples of the built and urban legacy from the industrial age, such as Walter Behrens AEG-Turbinenhalle and Siemensstadt, and will discuss World Heritage potential of Berlin's industrial heritage.
Who? Hellenic ICOMOS
What? Poster dedicated to 18 Avril and to the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention
Who? Budapest College for Communication and Business in cooperation with ICOMOS Hungary and the Foundation for Information Society
What? Conference on the following topics: The role of UNESCO in our life, The recognition and future of the World Heritage List, World Heritage and tourism: the economic value of World Heritage, The relation of World Heritage to Intangible Heritage, The life of the Hungarian World Heritage Sites, World Heritage education.
When? 16 November 2012
Where? Campus of the Budapest College for Communication and Business
Who? INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and CUltural Heritage)
What? Fourth Pupul Jayakar Memorial Lecture: "Cities and political power" by Charles COrrea
When? 18 Apil 2012 at 6:00 pm
Where? Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre (Gate 1), New Dehli
What? Conference "Your Place or Mine? New initiatives in Ireland to engage communities in interpreting and presenting heritage" which aims to stimulate discussion on public participation in heritage policy and presentation in Ireland. The conference also celebrates International Day of Monuments and Sites 2012, the theme of which is ‘World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities’.
- Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
- Gustavo Araoz, President of ICOMOS International
- Neil Silberman, Chair ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation & Presentation
- Clare Tuffy, Bru na Boinne & Tomás Ó hOistín, Principal of Knockcommon National School, Co. Meath
- Pauline Gleeson, Archaeologist, Department of of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
- Loreto Guinan, Heritage Officer, Meath County Council
- Ciaran Mackel, Ard Architect, Belfast, Director ‘+100’ - voluntary internship programme
- Alison Harvey, Planning Officer, The Heritage Council
- Michael Starrett, Chief Executive, The Heritage Council
- John H. Jameson, Vice-chair, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation & Presentation
Conference will include 3 Workshops in the afternoon session that attendees may choose from:
1. Building up from the Grass Roots: Community initiatives through heritage-led planning.
2. Heritage Brokers: The broader social relevance of the skill-set built up in heritage management.
3. How to make the most of great heritage sites in Ireland: What can local communities do with and for their heritage assets?
Who? Heritage Council / ICOMOS Ireland
When? Wednesday, 18th April.
Where? The Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
Who? The Center for Natural and Cultural Heritage at the German Jordanian University
What? Seminar With wo lectures by Professor Moawiya Ibrahim and Dr. Fawzi Abu Danneh to interested students on World Heritage Sites in Jordan and the best way to protect them and expand the list and its impact.
When? On the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites 2012
For the members of COMOS Luxembourg only: à l’occasion de la Journée Internationale des monuments et des sites et du 40e anniversaire de la convention du patrimoine mondial, Icomos Luxembourg organisera une promenade historique à travers la ville de Luxembourg, patrimoine mondial.
Thème : Résidences nobiliaires et refuges ecclésiastiques.
Who? The students of the Heritage Management Programme of Institute for Tourism Studies
What? Form of activity: Interactive Multimedia Presentation "A Tale of a Street – Community Heritage of Rua de Tomás da Rosa, Macao"
When? 20 April 2012, 10:00a.m.- 11:40a.m.
Who? ICOMOS Malta
What? Annual Symposium: World Heritage Sites: The Role of the Local Communities
When? 24 November 2012
Where? Hagar Qim Visitor Centre
Who? ICOMOS Mexico, TICCIH Mexico, the National Museum of Masks and the Dept. of Popular Culture of the Arts Center of San Luis Potosí
What?Conferences on Cultural Heritage. The general theme of the event is "Regional Heritage in thecontext of the Convention". The opening conference was given by Dr. Niklas Schulze: "The Heritage of Mexico 40 years after the Convention".
When? One conference per month from April to November 2012
Where?The National Museum of Masks
Qui ? ICOMOS Maroc
Quoi ? conférence La Convention du patrimoine mondial a 40 ans : qu'en est-il pour le Maroc ? Par Ahmed SKOUNTI
Où ? Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc
Quand ? 18 avril 2012 à 18 heures
Who? Youth Awareness Environmental Forum (YAEF/NEPAL)
When? April 17th, 18th and 19th 2012
"We cordially invite you on the occasion of the World Heritage Day’s Celebration on April 17th, 18th and 19th 2012 with commitment to put slogan of the ICOMOS-World Heritage into action with the coordination of the Youth Awareness Environmental Forum YAEF. Your participation is our inspiration.
- Environment Cycle Radio F.M. 104.2 MHz established by Youth Awareness Environmental Forum is Community based Radio. It will broadcast heritage related slogan on 17th, 18th and 19th April 18 hour daily and Culture Heritage Conservation documentary Program on 17th, 18th and 19th April 1/2 hour through community television Environmental Television ETV/Nepal.
- Our Forum will organize interaction program subject to the Important and Necessary of Heritage on April 18, 2012, in Lalitpur Godawari Area which is the major water resources area and most important heritage side in Kathmandu Valley."
Dr. Asta Man Kisee Maharjan - Executive Chairman and Chief Editor/Publisher
Who? Committee: NATIONAL HERITAGE PRESERVATION MOVEMENT, NEPAL Kathmandu-4, Dhumbarahi.
What? WORLD HERITAGE DAY-2012 CELEBERATION IN REMOTE AREA OF NEPAL
When? 1st April to 3rd April, 2012
Where? DULLU & DAILEKH OF BHERI ZONE, NEPAL 700 Km From Kathmandu.
Who? The National Commission For Museums and Monuments Owerri celebrated this years 2012 international Day for Monuments and sites with in a Style.
What? The day was marked with a lecture delivered by Mr Adindu E.A a conservator II with the commission. The lecture aimed at sensitizing the staffs on the role of local communities in the management and protection of sites. The curator National Museum owerri Chioba Francisca Uboh gave a brief expository address stressing the need for the significance of the celebration.
Who? ICOMOS Pakistan, Department of Culture, GoS, and the Department of Archaeology and Museums
What? This year being the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention ICOMOS has announced 'World Heritage Sites' as the theme around which the 18th April celebrations are being planned all around the world. The two World Heritage Sites of Sindh (Makli Hills Thatta and Mohenjodaro) will remain open with 'FREE ENTRY' throughout the day. A lecture/ presentation by experts who have worked on these two sites is planned at the National Museum on the 18 April.
Where? At the National Museum, Burns Gardens, Karachi
When? 18 April 2012 at 4:00 pm
Invitation card and detailed program
Who? ICOMOS Peru with the support of the Embassies of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Japan and Mexico. Sponsored by the Peruvian Companies Photo A, Bodegas Villanueva, the Association of Companies of the Historic Center of Lima; and the newspaper "El Comercio".
What? Photo exhibition for celebrating the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention
The event finished with an academic act and a round table with specialists in architectural heritage about the situation of the WH City of Lima, 21 years after its inscription on the WH List.
When? From Monday 3rd December to Monday 17th December 2012
Where? Cultural Center of the Mayor National University of San Marcos, "La Casona de San Marcos"
Who? National Committee ICOMOS Serbia
When? 18 - 19 April, 2012
Where? Monastery Studenica, Serbia
What? Workshop: “World Heritage – Terminology, Criteria, Role”
Download complete description
Who? Committee Icomos Seychelles
What? Icomos Seychelles Heritage Award
Icomos Seychelles is pleased to announce the launching of the Icomos Seychelles Heritage Award on the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites
When? On the 18th April 2012.
The award is planned to be made on an annual basis in recognition of built and architectural projects which serve to conserve and enhance Seychelles built heritage and its cultural landscape.Icomos Seychelles is working with the support of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB)on the award and hopes to attract other partners in its organisation.
A copy of the press release which will be published in local newspapers on the 18th April is attached. Icomos Seychelles will be thankful for any input or contribution especially from members of the International Cultural Tourism Committee with experience of similar heritage awards. When? 18th April 2012
Where?Media Coverage in Seychelles
Who? ICOMOS TURKEY
What? Third ICOMOS TURKEY WORLD HERITAGE SITES MONITORING MEETING with the participation of the members of the National Committee and other national experts. This meeting was also associated with the celebration of the 18th April "International Day of Monuments and Sites" under the theme designated as World Heritage for this year. The morning session involved briefings about the inscription and management processes of the site, and it was followed by a site visit in order to monitor the current state of the site and evaluate the potential impacts of the projects proposed.
Where? World Heritage Site of "Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex" in Edirne, Turkey
When? 17 April 2012
Download program - Picture of the event
In addition to the monitoring meetings, the ICOMOS National Committee of Turkey designed a poster based on the theme of "World Heritage Sites" in order to raise awareness among young generations who will be responsible for the safeguarding of our cultural heritage in the future. It is aimed that these posters will be distributed in 3500 primary schools located in Istanbul with the approval of the Ministry of Education and the Governorship, and will contribute to the introduction of cultural and natural properties inscribed on the World Heritage List and the explaination of the significance and context of this day.
Download Patrimonito poster - Download ICOMOS poster
Around the same subject but a bit later in the year: In 2012, US/ICOMOS organizes its annual symposium on the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, to be held at the end of May. The 2012 US/ICOMOS Symposium Committee has developed a website for the symposium - please visit it at http://www.usicomos2012.com/index.html for the most updated information regarding the Symposium.
Who? ICOMOS Venezuela
What? Article to be published in a magazine of architecture of national circulation, on the occasion of the International Day of Monuments and Sites, and the 40 anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.
Read the article
Who? ICAHM (ICOMOS's International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management)’S next annual meeting
When? November 27-30, 2012
Where ? Cuzco, Peru
What? ICAHM is pleased to announce its international conference on archaeological heritage management. Among the worldwide issues for consideration at this meeting are local stakeholder claims on archaeological heritage; sustainable development and community sustainability; tourism pressures and site preservation; heritage and rights; challenges to the validity and value of the World Heritage List as it quickly approaches 1,000 inscribed sites; the World Heritage List decision-making process; impacts of war, civil disorder, and natural disasters on archaeological sites; technical advances in archaeological heritage management.
Visit http://www.icomos.org/icahm/cuzco_home.html for more information.
Who? International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism
What? Annual Meeting & Workshop. "Cultural Tourism for Community Development - Working towards Sustainable Community-Based Tourism at Heritage Destinations". ICOMOS ICTC Annual meeting - Research Symposium – Capacity Building Programme
Hosts: ICOMOS Philippines & Augusto Villalon, ICTC Vice-President. Participants: ICOMOS ICTC members, representatives from other ICOMOS ISCs including Shared Built Heritage; and delegates from ‘the least developed of developing countries’ such as Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, South Pacific Islands.
A ‘Call for papers’ will be issued once arrangements are finalised. Case Studies will be sought representing the global reach of ICOMOS.
Where? Vigan, Philippines
When? 5th – 10th November 2012
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:
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.
- 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
- 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.