New CCAAA Website and the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage!

Dear colleagues ---

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!

This year, on the occasion of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the CCAAA is launching a new website, and all CCAAA associations are asking their members to post information about their World Day events directly on that new website. All you have to do is to fill in a simple online form which you will find on this special page of the website.

The eight associations forming the CCAAA (AMIA, ARSC, FIAF, FIAT-IFTA, FOCAL International, IASA, ICA, SEAPAVAA) strongly encourage all members (and any other institutions) not only to join in the global celebrations of the 2016 World Day on and around 27 October, but also to share the information about their particular events on this special page of the CCAAA website.

Thank you for your contributions!