Each year April 18 is observed as World Heritage Day to promote culture and heritage across the globe. The International Council on Monuments and Sites, a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world’s monuments and sites, has proposed a theme for celebrations including various virtual activities such as webinars, online lectures, live-streamed interviews and more.
The theme for 2020 is ‘Shared Cultures, Thread Heritage, Shared Responsibility’, the aim of which is to raise awareness about values and conservation of our heritage sites. The theme resonates now more than ever, with countries across the world dealing with a health crisis. While the pandemic might stop you from getting out of your house, going places from the comfort of your couch has never been easier.
While heritage cultures cannot be shared physically at the moment, UNESCO has pipelined events to support cultural industries and artists through the COVID-19 pandemic, via debates and discussions all across the world.