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The first celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in Thailand

30-10-2006 (Bangkok)
The first celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in Thailand
Visitors to the exhibition on audiovisual heritage of Thailand
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The very first celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, established by UNESCO in 2005, was organized on 27 October at the National Archives of Thailand.
This one day event is a result of the co-operation between the National Film Archives and the Thai Antique Phonograph and Gramophone Society, TV Channel 7, and the Public Relations Department. It aimed at raising awareness of the public about the value and the importance of audiovisual heritage as well as the need to establish an audiovisual centre in Thailand.

The dayís programme started with a showing of footage of past political and social events surprisingly similar to the current developments in the country. The Deputy Permanent Secretary for Culture noted in his opening statement that, while the number of both public and private bodies working to safeguard the audiovisual heritage was increasing, the situation of audiovisual heritage preservation was still critical, especially in the current digital era.

A representative of the Public Relations Department pointed out that preservation of audiovisual materials is threatened by the lack of national policy, limited government budget, inadequate knowledge and skills, as well as the shortage of professional archivists. A representative of the television channel 7 pledged cooperation with the government in safeguarding and preserving the audiovisual heritage and drew the attention of the participants to the fact that audiovisual heritage needs appropriate hardware which is either disappearing or growing obsolete. The Director of the Antique Phonograph and Gramophone Museum supported the creation of an audiovisual heritage centre to provide proper care and protection for the heritage.

The participants heard the first recordings of the Kingís Anthem, a Thai classical song performed in Germany over one hundred years ago, and saw the first moving images of King Rama Vís first visit to Europe.

The celebration continued with panel discussions on the Thai audiovisual scene, the future of Thailandís audiovisual heritage preservation and the longest running radio and television programmes in Thailand. The evening programme included showing of old films. An exhibition in the foyer informed the participants about the World Day and the Thai audiovisual heritage.

To mark the beginning of a new chapter in the Thai audiovisual heritage, the organizers launched a new web site: http://www.thaiavheritage.org.
The first celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in Thailand Visitors to the exhibition on audiovisual heritage of Thailand
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