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Special Coverage: World Heritage Day, 18 April 2020

This year’s International Day for Monuments and Sites took place against an historical backdrop that posed new challenges for celebrations. The theme, “Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility,” invited participants to explore the idea of sharing—and its counterpoints, contestation and resistance. For those living in areas under quarantine or social distancing protocols, virtual celebrations through digital tools and social media brought sharing to the fore in a new way. Here, we present some highlights:

World Heritage Day 2020 ICICH Seminar in Jammu and Kashmir, India by Munish Pandit

During the difficult times and lockdowns due to COVID-19, heritage experts and enthusiasts from Jammu and Kashmir, India continued the tradition of celebration of International Day for Monuments and Sites.

View a short compilation on YouTube 

Watch full interviews and messages on YouTube

Read a report on the production of the video documentary

World Heritage Day 2020 ICOMOS-INDIA, by Ananya Bhattacharya

Worldwide the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the cultural heritage sector. A cross section of professionals came together  to raise important questions which need to be considered for exploring the way forward in a webinar titled “Heritage at Cross Roads: Shared Responsibilities”. The program was live streamed in the Facebook page of the event partner Alliance francaise du Bengale and reached out to 3000+ people.

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World Heritage Day 2020 ICOMOS-NEPAL by Monalisa Maharjan

Read the document, “Impact of Pandemics on Cultural Heritage”

A video conference on 15th April 2020.

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