International Heritage Day also known as International Day for Monuments and Sites, celebrated on 18 April each year by committees, members and partners of The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). The theme for the year 2020 is ”Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility”. The previous year’s theme was “Rural Landscapes”. This year, the unique theme is beautifully designed to unite the word in a thread as it is specifically built by keeping in mind the worldwide health crisis of COVID-19.
“In adopting the term ‘shared’, the 2020 International Day for Monuments and Sites invites participants to explore the idea of sharing—and its counterpoints, contestation, and resistance—in relation to cultures, heritage, and responsibility. It invites reviews of traditional thinking on the topic and seeks new and diverse perspectives and insights that encourage discussion and dialogue.” -stated by ICOMOS.
We believe people will keep this sharing attitude, and follow the principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means “the world is one family”.
This ICOMOS 2020 theme will be the same for ICOMOS 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GA2020) which will be held in Sydney, Australia from 1-10 October 2020.
Every year, from April 1982, The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), is dedicated to create and boost the conservancy of the world’s heritage sites and monuments amongst the people.
This year considering the outbreak of COVID-19, the ICOMOS decided to create awareness through virtual programs, like webinars, video conferences, online lectures, poster presentations, live-streamed interviews, press releases, poster presentations, social media campaigns, etc. People can celebrate this day by posting photos of heritage, videos which include an illustration of the place.
If you are taking any initiative to celebrate this day, you can publish your work with The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). No prerequisite is required, anyone can join the program for the protection and creating awareness for its country’s heritage.