A momentous occasion in Fiji’s history at Suva’s Albert Park when the country gained independence in 1970. Source: National Archives.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Records Management office celebrated the audio-visual records that capture the independence of the University’s member countries on 27 October 2018.
Audiovisual archives around the world celebrate the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October every year with activities and events that not only highlight the vulnerability of this heritage, but celebrate the often unheralded yet essential work they do to protect it.
Mr Jason Flello, Manager Records stated that the world’s audiovisual heritage of sound recordings and moving images is extremely vulnerable as a result of factors ranging from neglect and natural decay to technological obsolescence, as well as deliberate destruction.
“This year, a celebratory year, the Records Management office celebrates the audio-visual records that capture the independence of our member countries,” he stated.
“As part of our celebrations to mark the World Audiovisual Day, USP Records Office has collected from our regional member countries, historical records depicting their independence day.
“We hope these video footages and photographs that captured the historic events for these countries will be an opportunity for many to witness these events and cherish it,” he said.
He added that, “these historic records are a clear indication to us, of how vital it is to preserve our Audio, Video and photographic records especially the ones capturing moments of history”.
The images and video footages can be accessed via: https://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=22629
In adopting 27 October as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, UNESCO, in co-operation with the CCAAA and its member-associations, has helped to raise the profile of the issues at stake and focus global attention on the fragility of this heritage.
The date is also significant in that on 27 October 1980, UNESCO’s General Conference adopted the “Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images”, the first international instrument to declare the cultural and historical importance of film and television recordings, and calling for decisive steps to ensure their preservation.
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, together with the Memory of the World Programme, have become the two key actions for UNESCO and the world 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.
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