Online Seminar by SMA on preserving Audiovisual Heritage
October 26, 2021 / 2:04 PM
Sharjah24: Marking Audiovisual Heritage World Day, Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) discusses the role of institutions in protecting this heritage in order to keep it accessible to the public now and to future generations.
Celebrated every year on October 27, the commemorative day aims to raise awareness about the significance of preserving audiovisual archives, such as films, sound records, radio and television programmes.
Quoting UNESCO on the importance of such archives, it said they tell stories about people’s lives and cultures, and represent a priceless heritage, by reflecting the cultural, social and linguistic diversity of communities.
For the purpose, SMA is organising an online seminar on October 27 comprising two panel discussions titled ‘The Importance of Heritage in Preserving Cultural Identity’, and ‘Role of Audiovisual Heritage in Enhancing Sense of Belonging to the UAE’.
Speakers are Dr Zaki Aslan, Director, ICCROM-Sharjah Regional Conservation Centre, UAE, Fatima Al Ali, Head of the Collections Management Department at Sharjah Museums Authority, Fatima Al Mughani, Researcher and Expert in Emirati Heritage, and Emirati Fine artist Azza Al Qubaisi.
Participants will not only highlight the vulnerability of this heritage but also bring attention to essential efforts institutions of a country must take to preserve it.
They will discuss how these archives are at risk of loss due to factors including negligence and decay and will also highlight attempts of cultural establishments such as Sharjah Museums Authority and ICCROM, as well as these of individuals and specialists, to protect and preserve heritage including audiovisual.
Simultaneous translation to English is available for both sessions.
Members of the public interested to attend can register via the link https://bit.ly/3i8TOFa . They can also get more information through SMA's official website and also email [email protected] .
The theme of this year’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage "Your Window to the World” attempts to help pass on people's heritage through their stories or narratives to a larger world.