Colombia celebrates the World Day for the first time

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, is celebrated for the first time in Colombia

Next Friday, October 26 at 8:30  in the morning at the Oval auditorium in the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, street  22# 4-96, with the support of The Ministry of Culture, The Colombian Film Heritage Foundation, and Videoelec S.A., will host an academic event, due to the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage celebration.

The Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, through its programs on Social Communication - Journalism, and Radio Production, with the support of the Colombian Ministry of Culture, the Colombian Film Heritage Foundation and Videoelec S.A. will organise an academic event, due to the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage celebration, that though it´s on the 27th it´s going to be celebrated next Friday, October 26 at 8:30 in the morning at the Oval auditorium, street  22 # 4- 96.

The agenda includes the UNESCO message for this celebration, the participation of national and international guests, including Luis Romero from Masstech Group USA, Marina Arango from the Colombian Ministry of Culture / Cinematography Direction, and Rito Alberto Torres from the Colombian Film Heritage Foundation (FPFC), who will discuss the subject from different perspectives. Also, films from the beginning of the XX century will be shown, and the university’s Audiovisual Heritage Project will be launched.

The UNESCO in its 1980´s General Conference, proclaimed the celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, to call the attention on the safeguard and conservation of the audiovisual heritage, taking into account that the history of the XX and XXI century is written and taken into images and sound, which cares for the world´s memory.

The matter acquires major importance, for in the new cultural industry production environments, audiovisual archives are really the enterprises' monetary resources. Worldwide, the rescue, preservation and management of audiovisual heritage is being strengthened as a developing and identity element, but this work happens with difficulty, for there are not sufficient specialized professionals that successfully face this challenge. For this reason the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University joins this World´s Day celebration and investigates and manifests through specific contributions, such as the creation of the Diploma in Audiovisual Heritage Management, which will begin in August 2013.