October 27 – Happy World Day for Audiovisual Heritage!

October 27, 2016  – UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.
Theme: “It’s Your Story – Don’t Lose It”

I learn new things in a variety of ways.  For example, I discovered at Wikipedia this morning, that today is World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. Because I didn’t know anything about the day, I went to go to its page on Wikipedia. There I discovered that…..

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage takes place every 27 October. This commemorative day was chosen by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2005 to raise of awareness of the significance of and preservation risks recorded sound and audiovisual documents (films, sound and video recordings, radio and television programmes)

The main objectives of designating the date of 27 October were listed by UNESCO:

  • raising public awareness of the need for preservation;
  • providing opportunities to celebrate specific local, national or international aspects of the heritage;
  • highlighting the accessibility of archives;
  • attracting media attention to heritage issues;
  • raising the cultural status of audiovisual heritage;
  • highlighting audiovisual heritage in danger, especially in developing countries.


2016 Theme – “It’s Your Story – Don’t Lose It”

Then at the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations‘s (CCAAA) website. I discovered more about the day and the 2016 theme….

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage has become a key initiative for both UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to honour audiovisual preservation professionals and institutions that help to safeguard this heritage for future generations despite the many technical, political, social, financial, and other factors that threaten its survival. Audiovisual archives around the world join together annually on 27 October to celebrate their work with activities and events that not only highlight the vulnerability of this heritage, but also celebrate the often unheralded work of the heritage institutions that protect it.

The theme of the World Day this year is “It’s Your Story – Don’t Lose It”. Every culture, every country has its own story to tell. These stories remind us of our shared humanity and build connections between people. Every story we keep in our archives means that we keep memories alive. Stories should be kept safe, stories create an invaluable archive for future generations – it’s your (and their!) story – don’t lose it!

Finally at the  Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations’s (CCAAA) website.I found a list of many programs that will be presented worldwide.

Chicago’s Program – Studs Terkel Radio Archive – American Voices……

Well down the list of programs was  a program from Chicago, Illinois titled Studs Terkel Radio Archive – American Voices……

Studs Terkel broadcast a daily interview show out of Chicago for nearly fifty years.  He was fascinated by human stories and spent his career collecting and sharing them.  We’ve put together the American Voices collection to showcase triumphs and challenges of Americans during the second half of the twentieth century.


  • Bob Dylan, 1963
  • Montgomery, Alabama citizens speak about Dr. King’s march, 1965
  • Participants at the Chicago “Be-In”, 1967
  • Chicago high school students, 1970
  • Elsa Knight Thompson, 1970
  • Hunter S. Thompson (featuring a clip of Ron Kovic), 1973
  • Ed and Marlene Sadlowski, labor leaders, 1974
  • Gloria Steinem, 1982
  • Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, 1992
  • Roger Ebert, 1996


You can listen to the various interviews here

The Bob Dylan, Carl Sagan interviews along with the Montgomery, Alabama citizens speaking about Dr King all seem interesting! What do you think! Anyway, I hope you had a Happy World Day for Audiovisual Heritage!

Links for the Further Exploration of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Unesco:World Day For Audiovisual Heritage 
CCAAA: World Day for Audiovisaul Heritage
Studs Terkel Radio Archive Blog
Digital Meets Heritage:World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: let’s celebrate!