21.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Nepal celebrates World Day for Audiovisual Heritage with UNESCO photo exhibit

In celebration of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, which is celebrated every year on 27 October, UNESCO is organizing an exhibition of photos of the world heritage site of the Kathmandu Valley titled “Heritage and photography. A dialogue”. The exhibition will be opened on 27 October in the Patan Museum in Lalitpur and will remain on display until 1 November.

The exhibition shows a selection of thirty three old and new photographs of the seven monument zones of the Kathmandu Valley World heritage property: the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Boudhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan. 

The photographs are part of five photo collections from public and private institutions including the Department of Archeology of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, the Kaiser Library, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, the Kiran Man Chitrakar Collection and Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya. The exhibition is curated by Cristeena Chitrakar on behalf of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu. 

The exhibition aims at not only showcasing the heritage sites but also drawing attention to Nepal’s rich photographic patrimony and its contribution to documenting the country’s cultural heritage and the changes, to which it is exposed. 

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is observed yearly on 27 October to increase global attention for the need to preserve the world's inheritance of still and moving images and of sound recordings.  The Day was established in 2007 by UNESCO in cooperation with the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) and other partners.  

Though this exhibition, UNESCO aims at raising awareness of the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of the world’s memory.  Audiovisual heritage – film, video, radio and recorded sound material – is being lost every day due to neglect, natural decay and obsolescence of technology. Urgent measures must be taken immediately to prevent the loss of the heritage, especially through digitization, for example recordings, photos and films.

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