Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Kasubi Tombs, Uganda

Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe


Dear Colleagues,

Following the successful 13th General Assembly in Madrid, ICOMOS is organising its 14th General Assembly in Zimbabwe. This extraordinary General Assembly will be held in Victoria Falls from Monday, 27 October, to Friday, 31 October 2003. As already presented in the ICOMOS News of October 2001 (vol. 11, N° 2), which was sent to all members, this venue offers considerable advantages. Apart from good travelling connections and a rich tourism infrastructure, Victoria Falls is one of the most important attractions of the African continent. David Livingstone, who in 1855 named the site Victoria Falls (the local Tonga name is Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders”), wrote that “angels must have marvelled in their flight at the spectacle of this wonder”. Besides the wonder of the Victoria Falls, there are other interesting sites in the vicinity, and our colleagues from ICOMOS Zambia are also looking forward to welcoming the participants of the General Assembly in Livingstone.

The theme of the Scientific Symposium Place – Memory – Meaning: Preserving Intangible Values in Monuments and Sites corresponds to the spirit of our venue and introduces new aspects of world-wide interest concerning theory and practice of conservation.

ICOMOS is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Tafirenyika Masona, President of ICOMOS Zimbabwe. In his memory, I join our Zimbabwean colleagues in cordially inviting you to our first ICOMOS General Assembly in Africa.

I look forward to meeting you in Victoria Falls.

Michael Petzet
President of ICOMOS


Dernière mise à jour: 05/06/2003