International day of Monuments and Sites - 18 April 2021 - Events

Logo18 April IcomosDiscover below the events planned for the 2021 edition of the International Day for Monuments and Sites
This year, the theme is entitled "Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures". You can have further information clicking this link.

Events per countries:

Bosnia and Herzegovina     Chile     Cyprus     Democratic Republic of Congo     Egypt     France     Haiti     India     Italy     Israel     Macedonia     Mauritius     Mediterranean countries     Montréal     Poland     Portsmouth (UK)     Portugal     Russia     SDGWG     Singapore     Spain     United-Kingdom     United-States of America


Twitter Tweet about the event with #18April #ICOMOS #ComplexPasts #DiverseFutures #IDMS2021 #IcomosIDMS2021



Bosnia and Herzegovina 

ICOMOS Bosnia and Herzegovina organizes two events to celebrate the International Day for Monuments and Sites!


          1. Architectural maps of Austro-Hungarian period in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo map

What? Presentation of the architectural maps for Sarajevo, Banja Luka, and Mostar

Who? National Committee of ICOMOS Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Association of architects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

When? 19 April 2021 - 18:00 CET

Where? Online event, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Official contact: boristrapara[at]

Official website: (video link for participation will be announced on the website)

Attachment: Sarajevo map of the Austro-Hungarian period (1878-1918)


          2. 1891-2021: 130th anniversary of major Austro-Hungarian military constructions in Banja Luka

What? A public lecture in regard to 130th anniversary of the construction of the present-day buildings of the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Archives of Republic of Srpska - former military buildings

Who? University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy and the National Committee of ICOMOS Bosnia and Herzegovina

When? 20 April 2021, 12:00 CET

Where? Online event, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Official contact: malinovic[at]

Official website: (video link for participation will be announced on the website)


          3. Architecture in my quarter - a walk through Modern Movement in Sarajevo (1918-1940)

What? Curated architectural route on the site Skenderija bridge - Latin bridge with architectural map

Who? National Committee of ICOMOS Bosnia and Herzegovina

When? 18 April 2021 - all day

Where? Skenderija bridge- Latin bridge, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Heerzegovina

Official contact: elshat[at]

Official website: ; 

Attachment: Leaflet



Title of the event: Pasados complejos: futuros diversos. El Sitio Patrimonio Mundial de Valparaíso en la encrucijada.

What? The webinar focuses on the issue of governance of Valparaíso World Heritage Site. The context is a recent agreement signed between the municipality of the city (current site manager) and the ministry of culture and heritage, to redefine the figure of site manager. The speakers will be the following: the mayor of the city, the secretary of culture and heritage of the ministry, as well a professional from the ISC CIVVIH and a representative from the OVPM.

Who? ICOMOS Chile and Cultural Park of Valparaíso

When?  18 April 2021 - 10:30 – 12:30 (Chile local time)

Where? Valparaíso, Chile (Webinar)

Official contact: icomoschile[at] ; marcelahurtadosaldias[at]

Official website:

Zoom link for the session:

Attachment: Poster



Title of the event: A ‘photographic documentation - exhibition - discussion’ event
Call for Photographs: What is distracting in the Walled City of Famagusta?
“Looking at our home / city from outside: Disturbances in the Walled City of Famagusta”

What? Eastern Mediterranean University, Urban Development Research Center (EMU-URDC) and Famagusta Walled City Association (MASDER), is organizing an historic environment awareness- raising activity - ‘Looking at our home/ city from outside: Disturbances in the Walled City of Famagusta’, which will be comprised of ‘photographic documentation-exhibition-round table discussion’, on the occasion of April 18, International Day for Monuments and Sites. With this event, organized in cooperation with EMU-URDC and MASDER, it is aimed to raise the awareness on values of a very special historic city, Famagusta, and the importance of preserving these values. "The problems in Walled City of Famagusta will be put forward, brought to the agenda and discussed", and this activity will be done for the attainment of a more sustainable historical city and a sustainable community within the scope of the UN Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11) goal.
In this context, a selection of photographs will be shared with the public digitally via social media and at an exhibition to be opened at 10:00 on Saturday, April 17, 2021 in the garden of MASDER Building. On the same day at 12:00, a round table discussion will be held by EMU- URDC Board Member and EMU Department of Architecture faculty member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ege Uluca Tümer, Famagusta Walled City and its historical context will be interpreted through the photographs exhibited. Everybody, who are concerned with the historical environment, are kindly invited to the event, which will be held in the garden of MASDER building located in the Walled City, under suitable conditions for pandemic.

Who? Eastern Mediterranean University Urban Research and Development Center (EMU-URDC) & Famagusta Walled City Association (MASDER)

When? 17 April 2021

Where? Famagusta, Cyprus

Official contact: Prof.Dr. Sebnem Hoskara: sebnem.hoskara[at] ; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Ege Uluca Tumer: ege.ulucatumer[at]

Official website:

Attachment: Poster


Democratic Republic of Congo

Title of the event: World Heritage Education Campaign in schools and youth

What? Launched since 2018 by the African Council of Volunteers "CAV" in acronym, a platform of volunteer organizations in DR Congo, in partnership with the National Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo for UNESCO, the campaign of heritage education in schools and youth aims to mobilize young people and awaken their awareness for the safeguarding of heritage and make them participate in its preservation and promotion through the formation of volunteer brigades for heritage, in the face of the danger of destroying our common and collective memory.
For nearly three decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been confronted with various wars and conflicts, and other situations that endanger sites, monuments and heritage, particularly those designated as world heritage, such as the national parks. Added to this is the lack of a real political orientation on the valorisation of monuments and sites for the future (young people).

Who? Club des Volontaires du Travail ''CVT/Club Unesco'', voluntary youth organisation

When? 23 April 2021

Where? Institut Saint Louis de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Official contact: BP 18058 Kin 13, RD du Congo
187, avenue Bambili n° 187
Tél : (00243) 999250056 – 824777474, WhatsApp 00243 899292750 
Email : cvt_jeunesse[at]  

Official website: x

Attachments: Information documents on the Work Volunteers Club / Photographs from the World Heritage Education Campaign launch event in schools and youth, 2018



Title of the event: Okasha.. The man who gave the impossible a chance

What? The event will be divided to three main parts:

          - A documentary film: The Eighth Wonder Hussein Bicar & John Feeney

One of the most documentary film which documented the Abu Simbel temple and the salvation, through an enormous collection of paintings by the artist Hussein Bicar, and directed by the international director John Feeney. 

          - A musical show: Abu Simbel Balance Quartet

The musical work written by musician Aziz Al-Shawan 50 years ago, and will be played by the Balance Quartet after being re-arranged.

          - A lecture: Abu Simbel .. The past’s lesson to the future by lecturer Hamdy EL-Setouhy

A lecture which explain the theme of this year “Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures”, the lecture deals with lessons learned from the situation surrounding the salvation of the Abu Simbel temples.
Lecturer: Arch. Hamdy EL-Setouhy "Founder of Abu Simbel Campaign" 

Who? Abu Simbel 50 campaign & Culture Development Fund.

When? 8 April 2021 - 6:30 Cairo time

Where? Egypt, Cairo, Artistic Creativity Center “Opera House Complex”

Official contact: abusimbel50[at]

Official website: 

Attachment: Poster



Title of the event: Cultural landscape - from concept to management tool for a landscape heritage 

What? International colloquium (distance learning) with associated cultural event of online landscape walk:
- Videoconference with virtual round table and short videos
- Video series/circuit of landscape walks on the territory: "From Port-Royal to the Arcades du Lac
+ With extended access, replay and enrichment of content, videos and associated links on the dedicated internet platform (see below).

Scientific event under the patronage of Icomos France, with associated cultural event, which proposes to decline the general theme "Complex pasts: diverse futures" under the angle of cultural landscapes, between territorial, national and international approaches. In particular, it proposes to explore the notion of cultural landscape from the examples of Port-Royal-des-Champs, the agglomeration of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and the Chevreuse Valley Regional Nature Park, through the different choices of management or enhancement that are made.

The scientific part of the event, with its presentations, virtual round tables and dedicated video focus, offers to feed the exchanges, reflections and to widen the view from examples of varied cultural landscapes. The other part of the event offers the opportunity of an online landscape walk open to all, through a video cycle of short commented visits. An invitation to explore and share the unsuspected wealth of the territory's cultural landscapes, between nature and culture, town and country, tradition and modernity. A unique visit in time and space, from the Middle Ages to the present day, between the legends of ancient landscape marks, the historical perimeter of the "Grand Parc de Versailles", the idealized rural landscapes of the monastic site of Port-Royal-des-Champs, or the intersecting histories of the "urban laboratory" of the New Town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, and the preserved rural spaces of the Regional Natural Park of the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse.

Who? Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles (ENSAV / Labo Léav) ; Musée national de Port-Royal-des-Champs ; Musée de la ville - Communauté d’agglomération de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (CA- SQY); Université de Versailles St-Quentin (UVSQ / Labo CHCSC) ; Parc naturel régional de la Haute Vallée de Chevreuse (PNR).
Organisers: Stéphanie DE COURTOIS (Labo Léav ENSAV / ICOMOS France) et Sylvain HILAIRE (Musée SQY / Labo CHCSC UVSQ / ICOMOS France)

When? Friday 16 April 2021 (colloquium) and Sunday 18 April 2021 (associated cultural event)

Where? France, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (between the towns of Trappes, Magny-les-Hameaux, Montigny-le-Bretonneux and Voisins-le-Bretonneux). Location of the technical conference and online landscape walk in the area: Hôtel d'agglomération de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Official contacts: museedelaville[at] ; sylvain.hilaire[at] ; stephanie.decourtois[at]

Official websites: Dedicated website (information / visuals, content and related materials / registration):
Partner relay website:

Attachment: Poster/ program



Title of the event : Essay and eloquence competition on Heritage 

What ? In the context of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also called the World Heritage day celebrated each year on April 18, Sco Tour Haiti (STH) and Initiative des Femmes Haïtiennes dans le Tourisme (IFTH) launch their first edition of a national essay and eloquence competition on haitian built heritage for schoolchildren in NS4 and university students. With the theme "THE CONSERVATION OF MY COUNTRY'S HERITAGE, I COMMIT!", the competition will take place on the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18, 2021. 

Participiants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum academic level of NS4
  • Be under 30 years-old
  • Be a pupil/ student of an educational institution

Organisation and executionof the competition will be dematerialized, except for the award ceremony scheduled on Sunday 18 April 2021. Papers must be sent at: concoursifth[at]

Who ? Initiative des Femmes Haïtiennes dans le Tourisme (IFTH) and Sco Tour Haiti (STH)

When ? Launch on 25 February 2021 and final on 18 April 2021

Where ? Haïti, Tabarre, Historical park of sugar cane 

Official contact : concoursifth[at] | +509 38 86 3240 | +509  42 53 1025

Official website : x

Attachment : Posters 



Title of the event: Culture as an Idea and Reality: from Cultivation of the Soul to Contemporary Cosmology

What? An International dialogue between America, Europe, and Asia aims to emphasize the significance of “Culture, Heritage, Identity, Multifunctionality and Interconnectedness”—a reflection to talk about sharing and interfacing the inherent meanings and experiential human values on which each Nation/Cultural realm must build cultural diplomacies and policies and also relations with other countries. Marcus Cicero’s idea of culture as “the philosophy of cultivation of the soul” is more vital to the contemporary idea of culture as cosmology (including mythology and the worldviews). Paul Schehfer’s (2020) has rightly visioned that “Without a much better understanding of all the diverse cultures in the world, it is difficult to see how the world can ever become a more secure, harmonious, and peaceful place for all people, cultures, and countries”. Through the cultural civility and heritage revitalization we would be able to make the humanised world ‘truthful, blissful and beautiful’ (Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram, as provoked in Indian metaphysics).

This International Webinar aims to analyze all the major conditions and potentials for humanizing and harmonizing the development of communities, resulting to enhance Global peace and happiness. Its purpose is to promote deeper understanding and mass awakening to realize and activate the individual dignity, cultural civility and social responsibility through the path of ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’. The art of co-sharing presupposes that every person is able to research, awaken, understand and communicate their cultural experiences for the development of humanity.

Who? ICOMOS India, UNESCO Chair University and Heritage, ICOMOS PRERICO, Asian Cultural Landscape Association, IFLA, World Culture Project, Reconnecting With Your Culture

When? International Webinar | 18 April 2021
Markham, Ont. Canada 9.30am | 12.30am
Paris, France 3.30pm | 6.30pm
New Delhi, India, 7.00pm | 10.00pm
Tokyo, Sapporo, Japan, 10.30pm | 1.30am

Where? Canada, Italy, India, Japan

Official contact: Olimpia Niglio: olimpia.niglio[at]

Official website:

Zoom link:

Attachments: Poster



Title of the event: Events from ICOMOS Italy Scientific Committees for the International Day for Monuments and Sites

What? Event proposals for the celebration of the International Day of Museums and Sites 2021 from ICOMOS Italy Scientific Committees:


          1. National Scientific Committee CIF

Title of the event: Youth for Futures

What? University educational workshop for the inclusion of younger generations in activities for the conservation and enhancement of the World Heritage, from the perspective of the historic urban landscape, environmental sustainability and the achievement of sustainable development goals.

Who? Municipal Administration of Urbino and University of Urbino of Urbino Carlo Bo

When? 16 April 2021

Where? Urbino, Italy

Official contacts: Arch. Luana Alessandrini - UNESCO Office - Urban Decor - Urban Hygiene - Community Policies 


          2. National Scientific Committee CIPA-HD

Title of the event: Complex Pasts: Different Futures: Community Ties

Who? LaorcaLAB social promotion association, Politecnico di Milano Lecco territorial center, Social services of the Municipality of Lecco - Casa di Quartiere, Liceo Artistico Medardo Rosso and Liceo Leopardi (classical, scientific, applied sciences), Fund of the community of Laorca and Malavedo)

What? Promote the care and protection of one's own territory through training and inclusion projects

When? Activities with high schools (University-Lyceum-Association training agreements) are underway and will end in June 2021

Where? Laorca and surroundings, Lecco, Italy

Official contact cristiana.achille[at]  / 3385654179  


          3. National Scientific Committee ISCEAH

Title of the event: Complex pasts: different futures

What? Online exhibition photo album

Who? ICOMOS-ISCEAH Scientific Committee of ICOMOS for the Architectural Heritage built in Raw Earth

When? 18 April 2021

Where? Cagliari, Italy

Official contact: Maddalena Achenza 


          4. National Scientific Committee ISC20C

Title of the event: Complex pasts / different futures. Recovering a difficult memory: knowledge and enhancement of the former Psychiatric Hospitals

What? Online exhibition photo album. Subject: Sampling of some case studies

Who? National Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage (Research leaders Cettina Lenza, Carolina De Falco, Gerardo Doti)

When? 18 April 2021

Where? Italy

Official contacts: Cettina Lenza / Stefania Landi 


          5. National Scientific Committee CAR

Title of the event: Complex pasts: different futures

What? Photo album

Who? Camuno Center

When? 18 April 2021

Where? Brescia, Italy

Official contact: Roberta Alberotanza 


          6. National Scientific Committee ICAHM

Title of the event: Complex pasts: different futures

What? ICAHM video presentation

Who? Alexandra Chavarría Arnau, DBC University of Padua

When? 18 April 2021

Where? Padova, Italy

Official contact: Alexandra Chavarria Arnu: chavarria[at] 


Who? ICOMOS Italy Scientif Committees: CIF / CIPA-HD / ISCEAH / ISC20C / ICAHM

When? Current, then from 16 to 18 April 2021

Where? Urbino, Lecco, Cagliari, Brescia, Padova (Italy)

Official contact: ICOMOS Italy: secretariat[at]

Official websites:

Attachment: List of events from ICOMOS Italy Scientif Committees


Title of the event: Photography competition

What?  ICOMOS Israel chose to mark IDMS this year in a photography competition, open to all ICOMOS Israel members, on "Complex Past: A Diverse Future", Organized by the Board of ICOMOS Israel.

Who? ICOMOS Israel

When? The last date for submitting the photos will be on 4 April 2021. Photos judging  will be held on 8 April 2021.

Where? ICOMOS Israel, online event

Official contact: ICOMOS Israel:[at]

Official website:



Title of the event: “Notes on Heritage”

What? ICOMOS Panama, in alliance with the Ibero-American Colonial Urbanism Research Network (RII_UC in Spanish), summons professionals, teachers, students and those interested in issues of monumental heritage, both national and international, to the second edition of an initiative for social networks that emerged during 2020, in response to the confinement situation due to the global pandemic that still affects us.

A template will be designed that complies with the standards instructed by ICOMOS International, regarding the celebration of World Monuments and Sites Day (IDMS), which will be sent to each person interested in joining the Panamanian initiative, in which the data of: country, place, name or title, author / s and institution (if applicable) will be placed. In the template, the authors may include from 4 to 7 images related to a site, monument, or cultural manifestation associated with movable or immovable material heritage. The template will be accompanied by a 300 words text that contributes the author's reflection within the framework of the motto of the 2021 call, and must be sent to the email[at] no later than April 12, 2021.

During the on the days when the contributions will be published, 15-minute interviews will be held with professionals who can contribute their approaches and perspectives to the assessment of monuments and sites from different perspectives. Interviews will be conducted live or prerecorded, and will be broadcast on social media.

Who? ICOMOS Panama and Red Iberoamericana de Investigación del Urbanismo Colonial (RII_UC)

When? 15 - 22 April 2021

Where? Social networks of ICOMOS Panamá and RII_UC (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)

Official contact: icomospanama[at] ;[at] 

Attachments: Poster, leaflet



Title of the event: All Cultural heritage or a selected few?

What? An online poll on Facebook, asking the public to express their views as to whether all cultural heritage of Mauritius should be preserved or a selective policy should be adopted? 

Who? Nou Patrimoine Nou Richess – Ile Maurice / Mauritius

When? 5-18 April 2021

Where? Mauritius

Official contact: Arrmaan Shamachurn: r_maan27[at]

Official website:

Attachment: Poster


Mediterranean countries

Title of the event: #pubarchMEDfin - Archaeological practice and society in the Mediterranean

What? After over three years of research, #pubarchMEDfin is the celebration of a project that delves into the management of archaeological heritage in the Mediterranean. Bringing together colleagues across the region, it aims to foster local and international networks of professionals and debate current practice. Convergent with the topic of #IDMS21 the event is distributed in 4 round tables, 3 visual sessions in Instagram, Twitter and the Web, 1 workshop and several other gatherings to continue the discussions in an informal but rigorous way. It starts on Friday 16 afternoon with a presentation of the project and a round table framed on the topic of this year. On Saturday 17 it will continue with 2 round tables focusing on management and participation, as well as a Twitter session. It will close on Sunday 18 with two more sessions, a workshop to edit a regional bibliography on the topic and a final round table about impact. The event is open for anyone to attend and links to the live sessions will be available in the web shortly before they start.

Who? Dr. Jaime Almansa-Sánchez, Institute of Heritage Sciences (CSIC, Spain) + partners across the Mediterranean:

When? 16-18 April 2021 (see the full programme here)

Where? Digital, from all the Mediterranean countries

Official contact: Dr. Jaime Almansa-Sánchez: jaime.almansa-sanchez[at]

Official website: 

Attachment: Poster / leaflet



Title of the event: Round table on Invisible heritage

What? Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said that the essential is invisible to the eye. Since one of Heritage Montréal's missions is to raise awareness, we propose to address the issue of invisible heritage, which we do not know how to see or do not want to see. The notion of invisible heritage also includes that which is forgotten, whether it is remarkable or not. The unrecognised heritage of entire episodes of our history sometimes remains to be brought to light.

The conference will begin with a presentation of the theme by Dinu Bumbaru, Director of Policy at Héritage Montréal. He will present Mount Royal, whose so-called natural forest hides a value that is more democratic than ecological. A panel discussion will follow with our guests:
- Bernard Vallée: History and heritage animator at Montréal Explorations, former member of the Conseil du patrimoine de Montréal (2012-2018) and the Commission de toponymie (1987-1995).
- Marie Dina Salvione: Lecturer in modern architecture and heritage; project manager at the Institut du nouveau monde and member of the Heritage and Planning Committee of Héritage Montréal.
- Frantz Voltaire: Writer (A Brief History of Black Communities in Canada, 2007) and director (Les chemins de la mémoire, 2002 - NFB award), he was a member of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, founding president in 1983 of CIDIHCA, a Haitian and Caribbean organization in Montreal, and publisher of the CIDIHCA publishing house.

Who? Héritage Montréal

When? 19 April 2021 - 01:00 PM (Montréal local time)

Where? Montréal, Québec, Canada (online webinar)

Official contact:

Official website:

Attachment: Registration and zoom link



Title of the event: The Week for Heritage

What? Foundation for the Preservation of Historic and Natural Monuments will celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites. On this occasion, we are organizing for the fifth time in Poland “The Week for Heritage”. During this week monuments which are usually closed and inaccessible for guests will be open. Owners of various monuments will wait for the visitors as part of the subproject “Heart in the Monument” on selected days and hours.

There will be a possibility to get to know the history of the participating monuments, take advantage of the attractions, have conversations with owners and talk with them about successes, plans and the biggest challenges. The places to which we would like to invite you are surrounded by nature  which makes them extremely charming and calm, especially on those beautiful April days. You will meet there kind people with a great passion for renovating their treasures. That is the reason why this year we have decided to complement the name of the project in words “Heart in the Monument”.

The aim of our event is to mobilize the potential of the place and architecture, which has been expressed by the owners with our advice and support. “The Week for Heritage” is also our earnest appeal for donations to help us renovate “witnesses of history”. They will be used for the most urgent renovations. Every cent is not only a chance for the second life of decaying objects but, what is also important, solidarity with the mission of our foundation which is to save from oblivion souvenirs of the past.

Who? Foundation for the Preservation of Historic and Natural Monuments / Official original: Fundacja Ratowania Zabytków i Pomników Przyrody

When? 17-18 April 2021

Where? Poland, in 10 different castles, manor houses, palaces, cemeteries all around the country, proclaimed in domestic publications

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Official contact: Karol S. Marczak, President of the Board: ratujemy[at]
Phone: + 48 695 662 123

Official website:

Attachments: Poster / leaflet


Portsmouth (UK)

Title of the event: Sustainable Conservation Trust Launch - Consolidating a regional art "defence" strategy

What? Street Art (Spray & Save) event to launch the activities of a newly found Sustainable Conservation Trust dedicated to community-based adaptive reuse of military heritage.  A necklace of former military fortifications in and around Portsmouth can be transformed into art/crafts/community creative hubs for regional revitalization. Four local artists will paint during the day at the open space of a successful adaptive reuse project Hotwalls in the old town of Portsmouth.  

Who? Sustainable Conservation Trust 

When? 18 April 2021

Where? Hotwalls Studios, Portsmouth, UK

Official contact: Deniz Beck: deniz[at]

Official website:

Attachment: Poster



Title of the event: “Alma Mater. The voice of heritage behind the face-masks. Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures”

What? An online streaming of a documentary open to the public, dealing with the new meanings of the built heritage in post-Covid-19 times, and consisting of testimonies by experts about traces of the past and about the future of cultural heritage of Portuguese influence in Brazil and Macao.
We will have an exclusive guided tour around the "Biblioteca Joanina" (King John V's Library) of the University of Coimbra, accompanied by piano music played by Christina Margotto and the Orchestra Brasil Afro Sinfonic, composed by Olodum, the instrumentalist and singer Armandinho Macedo, with the participation of the Philarmonic Orchestra of Saint Petersburg.

Who? ICOMOS-Portugal, Associação RUAS, General Library of the University of Coimbra, World Monuments Fund-Portugal, Christiano Bomfim and Criola Films.

When? 18 April 2021 – 20:00 (Portugal local time)

Where? Biblioteca Joanina of the University of Coimbra, Historic Centre of Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Macao (China) on Facebook

Official contact: geral[at]

Official website: and the Facebook platform:



Title of the event: Traditional online marathon

What? The marathon program will include live streams from hotspots and restoration sites. One of the locations will be the Moscow Hotel Beijing. Participants of the marathon will learn about restoration of its sculptures that was completed in 2020. For the marathon participants an online tour of the Bykov House is prepared (important object of restoration in Moscow in 2021). As far as conservation work there was carried out, it was returned to its residential function.
Moreover, we will talk about restoration technologies and watch a master class on how an old book is restored. For young participants, a master class on plasticine modeling will be prepared. 

Who? ICOMOS Russia

When? 18 April 2021 - The marathon starts at 11.00 and ends at 16.00 (Moscow local time)

Where? Moscow, Russia (online event)

Official contact: rficomos[at]



Title of the event: SDGs WG Brainstorming and Sharing Session - Inclusivity, Gender Equality and Indigenous People

What? The SDGs WG Brainstorming and Sharing Session will look at unspoken narratives, highlighting issues of inqualities, gender inclusivity and promoting rights based approaches. Larry Coben, Executive Director of the Escala, will share about Uplifting the Role of Women and Marginalized Entrepreneurs in the Heritage Practice which will provide real world issues of engaging communities on the ground and providing solutions to provide holistic empowerment of women in rural or peri-urban heritage areas. Edson Cabalfin, Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from the Tulane School of Architecture will introduce the issues, dynamics, politics of LGBT spaces and heritage sites and discuss the layered complexities of such places.

This session is part of a series of discussions within the SDGs Working Group to listen to various perspectives on integrating heritage and sustainable development and create a shared base of knowledge to level off ideas, principles and align actions. 

Who?: ICOMOS SDGs Working Group

When? 17 April 2021 - 1:30 PM CET

Where? Online via Zoom to be shared to the ICOMOS SDGs WG listserv. 

Official contact: Interested ICOMOS members who would like to participate can reach out to gabriel.caballero[at]

Official website:

Zoom link for the session:

Attachment: Poster of the Zoom session



Title of the event: Structure, Sanitation, and Social Engineering: Iron Markets in Hong Kong and Singapore during the late 19th century

What? An online Webinar via Facebook Live

By positioning Town Market and Central Market in Singapore and Hong Kong respectively as public health spaces, this talk will delve into three aspects pertinent in the transplantation of the modern European market into Asian colonial contexts and attempt to answer why iron construction was featured prominently in market construction during this period. Firstly, by understanding the associations of tropical climate and the specificities of geographical locations of the markets to establish a link between environment and building materials. Secondly, by foregrounding the significance of sanitary professionals and municipal engineers as key proponents of the colonial urban environment rather than architects; and lastly, by analysing how changes in sanitary and social theories and the shift from miasmic and contagion theories to the demonstration of microbial germs translated unevenly into architectural forms and functions. By way of addressing this year’s WHD theme, “Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures”, ICOMOS Singapore posit how understanding the factors underpinning the construction of these historic markets could generate more robust discussions, interpretations, and conservation approaches.

Who? ICOMOS Singapore

When? 18 April 2021 (Sunday) 10:00 UTC+08

Where? Singapore (online)

Official contact: icomos.secretary[at] 

Official website: 

Attachments: Poster



Title of the event: Collaborative heritage - Generating accessible content in the Wikipedia environment. 

What? In the framework of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, the first Collaborative Heritage edition will take place on 17 April 2021, an initiative promoted by ICOMOS-Spain and Wikimedia Spain.
In response to the ICOMOS global call for greater inclusion and recognition of diversity, the DIMS 2021 theme invites reflection, reinterpretation and re-examination of existing narratives. ICOMOS Spain wishes to explore access to these cultural heritage narratives through any device and will set up a permanent group for the creation, editing and translation of articles on cultural heritage in the world's largest free encyclopedia: Wikipedia.
Therefore, to start this initiative, this first day of editing is proposed, aiming to prepare or improve Wikipedia entries that include places, assets or cultural events, with the aim of highlighting a heritage that is little known and even unknown to the general public, contributing to making its value known (#DiscoveringHeritage).

10: 00 - 10: 15 h. (08: 00-08: 15 UTC): Introductory presentation by Mónica Luengo Añón, Vice-President of ICOMOS Spain.
10: 15 - 11: 00 h. (08: 15-09: 00 UTC): Introduction to editing on Wikipedia.
11: 00 - 14: 00 h. (09: 00-12: 00 UTC): Content creation and editing.

Who? ICOMOS Spain and Wikimedia Spain

Who? ICOMOS Spain

When? 17 April 2021, between 10:00 and 14:00 (Spanish Peninsula Time)

Where? Online

Official contact: ICOMOS Spain: secretariat[at]

Official website:

Attachments: Link to create a Wikipedia accountLink to register with Wikimedia / Explanatory filePoster



Title of the event: The World of World Heritage

What? For this year's International Day of Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS-UK invites World Heritage experts to share their experiences of working in the sector for 30+ years on since the UK's first designation. Each speaker will talk about their personal journey in the field and answer any questions from the audience. This is a chance to ask career-related questions and about their thoughts and opinions on the current World Heritage debates.
Speakers include Susan Denyer (ICOMOS-UK), Enid Williams (DCMS) and Rebecca Jones (Historic Environment Scotland) and more.

Who? ICOMOS UK and the Emerging Professional group

When? 19 April 2021 - 20:00-21:00 CEST

Where? United-Kingdom (online event)

Official contact: admin[at]

Official website:

Attachment: Registration and zoom link


United-States of America

Four events are represented by the National Committee of US/ICOMOS, as following:

          1. Intergenerational Conversation on Society and Heritage: Perspectives from Africa and the U.S.

What? Leveraging heritage for a better future is gaining prominence across national, continental and international discourses, as heritage is not simply a record of the past but a cultural process reflecting the social realities of today. What is the role of heritage in tackling societal challenges including equity, diversity and inclusion in and among communities? How should heritage be integrated into decision-making processes to ensure sustainable development at the local and regional levels? What is the relationship between broader societal forces and heritage?

The leaders of governments in Africa envisioned a future where the continent is free of conflict, poverty, human rights violations and disasters. The vision encapsulates the significance of heritage within the society in the seven aspirations of African Union Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want reflecting the desire for inclusion, equality and integration for everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity and age. To this end, heritage defines people’s identities and histories and helps to rebuild communities after disasters, create new shared understanding of the past, stimulate local development and create opportunities for a better future.

In the United States, recent national discussions and protests have spotlighted unresolved racial issues and inequalities that continue to divide the country. Exploring the issues, struggles and contributions of different communities in historic places are critical to charting a path toward national healing and an equitable future. 

Who? The event is organized by ICOMOS EPWG representatives from the U.S. and the Africa region (Zoe Leung and Olufemi Adentunji), to support intergenerational exchanges critical to safeguarding and promoting heritage. The program will feature a conversation among established and emerging professionals in heritage preservation from the United States and African countries, moderated by a U.S. participant. 

When? 18 April 2021 | Accra: 17:00-18:15 (UTC) | Lagos: 18:00-19:15 (UTC+1) | London: 18:00-19:15 (UTC+1) | DC: 13:00-14:15 (UTC-4) | Sydney: 03:00-04:15 (UTC+10)+1 day

Where? Accra, Lagos, London, Washington DC and Sydney

Official contact: epwg[at] 

Official website: 

Attachment: Event registration


          2. Reopen House Day

What? We’re celebrating the International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18th by holding a “Reopen House Day” welcoming visitors back to the region’s National Historic Landmarks! Over 20 participating historic sites will offer tours, virtual programs, special events, discounts and prizes... and more!

Who? Global Philadelphia (USA)

When? 18 April 2021

Where? Philadelphia, USA

Officiel contact: info[at] 

Official website:

Attachment: Poster


          3. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Twitter Chat on World Heritage Day

What? A Live Twitter Chat with World Heritage Sites around the world for #WorldHeritageDay on April 18 at 7 pm CDT. Our theme is #ConnectedConservation. World Heritage Sites are irreplaceable sites of history, legacy, life and inspiration. Tune in to celebrate World Heritage Sites, chat live with preservationists, and meet World Heritage Site supporters from around the world. Learn more about World Heritage Sites near you and around the globe. During our chat, an interactive question will be posted every 5 minutes with the hashtag #ConnectedConservation beginning at 7pm Central and ending at 8pm Central. World Heritage Sites, non-profits for preservation and conservation, and World Heritage Site visitors will tune in to engage in conversations around these questions and invite the public to get to know our sites a bit better.

Who? San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

When?  18 April 2021 / 7 pm CDT / 12 AM Monday UTC

Where? Twitter

Attachment: Link for registration: If you are a World Heritage Site or conservation organization interested in participating in this event, please fill out this Doodle Poll | World Heritage Twitter Collaboration Discussion. We'd love to involve you in this opportunity to celebrate World Heritage Sites while sharing our digital audiences across organizations for greater exposure!


          4. “Diversifying Heritage in the United States” World Heritage Webinar

What? This free webinar in celebration of IDMS 2021 will examine what U.S. heritage professionals are doing to create a more diverse and inclusive future for all and provide perspective from four diverse voices about opportunities for positive change. The webinar will begin with a keynote presentation by Shannon Estenoz, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Fish and Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Department of the Interior, who will speak to the agency’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Shannon’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of four professionals sharing their diverse perspectives on U.S. heritage and steps we can take to make our programs and society as a whole more just and inclusive.


When?  22 April 2021 /  12 – 1:30 pm EDT / 4 – 5:30 pm UTC

Where? Virtual event

Official contact: Programs[at]

Attachment: Poster Link for registration


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