Wiki Loves Living Heritage
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14 March 2023

To celebrate living heritage and mark the twentieth anniversary of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the global campaign ‘Wiki Loves Living Heritage’ will be launched on Friday, 17 March from 2.00 to 3.30 pm CET. The event may be followed by registering here or by accessing the following link

‘Wiki Loves Living Heritage’ is a participatory, community-driven initiative calling on heritage practitioners, Wikimedia volunteers and cultural institutions around the world to document and celebrate their living heritage. It seeks to combine awareness raising and documenting activities – online and on the ground – to enhance the safeguarding of living heritage worldwide.

The year-round calendar of activities will include:

  • Documenting living heritage through photography, video, and text, made available in over 300 languages on the Wikipedia platform, for open access, thanks to volunteers around the world. For this, photo and video contests will be organized at local and national levels to build a rich, evolving online archive of living heritage media resources.
  • Local and thematic activities organized year-long, around already existing celebrations, events or projects that any of the community members are part of.
  • Online campaigns with thematic and regional focus, supported and amplified by the ‘Wiki Loves Living Heritage’ movement through all its channels.

The campaign will include an important component of skills sharing, allowing anyone interested to learn how to share materials on Wikimedia projects and engage. ‘Wiki Loves Living Heritage’ makes a strong commitment to ethical sharing while it promotes open access to cultural heritage. The materials will be produced in collaboration with the heritage communities or by themselves. Documentation, tools and webinars will be made available so that the campaign is implemented at the pace and scope of the will of living heritage bearers and practitioners, in line with the Ethical Principles for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage of the 2003 Convention, the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance and the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

‘Wiki Loves Living Heritage’ will feature living heritage elements inscribed on the UNESCO Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage and of the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices, national inventories, but not only. There is so much to celebrate!

The global campaign ‘Wiki Loves Living Heritage’ is initiated by the European network of focal points for the UNESCO 2003 Convention (ENFP) and AvoinGLAM. It is supported by European Heritage Days Network, Flemish Commission for UNESCO and Workshop intangible heritage Flanders in Belgium, Quebec Council for Living Heritage, Finnish Heritage Agency, Culture Ireland, Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage and Federal Office of Culture Switzerland.

‘Wiki Loves Living Heritage’ celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the 2003 Convention and relates to the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages. In Europe, it will also be related to the European Heritage Days under its 2023 theme year ‘Living Heritage’.

To learn more about the ‘Wiki Loves Living Heritage’ global campaign, please:

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