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Dear all... we NEED YOU! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‚ Our platform @visiteuworldheritage could win the People's Voice Webby Awards if you vote for us!  You've got until tonight at 11.59pm Pacific Time (GMT-7) to cast your vote and show your support for this project that promotes a sustainable way of visiting World Heritage sites in Europe.  Are you in? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰ To vote, please click on the link in our bio โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ or type this URL on your browser:  https://bit.ly/VoteWebby.  @VisitEUWorldHeritage is the first UNESCO platform for World Heritage and travel, guiding you to the most unique and authentic travel experiences, recommended by local experts and curated by @natgeo.  Photo: Trakai castle, in Lithuania. Did you know that this is the only Eastern European castle ๐Ÿฐbuilt on an island?  Photo credit ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ: Vaida Geguลพis.  #visiteuworldheritage #thewebbyawards #unesco #nationalgeographic #europe #journeys #ancienteurope #romanticeurope #royaleurope #undergroundeurope #worldheritage #traveldifferently #traveldeeper #culturaltravel #sustainabletravel #globalgoals #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabletourism
๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ข These images are just so sad and painful to watch... The fire at Notre-Drame Cathedral in Paris has left us all hearbroken.  In words of @audrey.azoulay, UNESCO's Director-General, “Notre Dame represents a historically, architecturally, and spiritually, outstanding universal heritage. It is also a monument of literary heritage, a place that is unique in our collective imagination. Heritage of the French but also of humanity as a whole. This drama reminds us of the power of heritage that connects us to one another. We are receiving messages of support from all over the world.  Ms Azoulay announced that a rapid damage assessment would be carried out as soon as possible. “UNESCO stands by France in safeguarding and rehabilitating this invaluable heritage,” she said. “We are already in contact with experts and ready to send an emergency mission to assess the damage, preserve what can be preserved and plan short and medium-term measures," added Azoulay.  The assessment will be carried out with the authorities concerned, including national and local authorities, site management and Church authorities, in order to develop a plan of action, avoid further deterioration of the site and recover as many original elements as possible. UNESCO will then accompany and support the authorities in their rehabilitation.  The Notre-Dame Cathedral is part of the World Heritage site of “Paris, Banks of the Seine” inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991. The site includes bridges, quays and the banks of the River Seine, along the historical part of its course, between the Sully and Iéna bridges, the Ile de la Cité and the Ile St Louis. The Cathedral is considered to be the finest example of French Gothic architecture, with an innovative use of rib vaults and buttresses, stained glass rosettes and sculpted ornaments. Construction of the church began in 1160 and continued over a century.  #notredame #notredamedeparis #paris #fluctuatnecmergitur #france
"Deep emotion in the face of this dramatic fire at the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, inscribed as World Heritage in 1991. @UNESCO is closely monitoring the situation and is standing by France's side to safeguard and restore this invaluable heritage." @Audrey.Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General.  #notredame #notredamedeparis #paris #fluctuatnecmergitur #france #unesco #worldheritage #heritage #culture  Photo credit: @elyxyak
Today, on his birthday, we reflect on the work and mastermind of Leonardo da Vinci.  His contributions to the worlds of art and science cannot be overstated. 500 years later,  he still inspires education in all by saying “Nothing can be either loved or hated unless it is first known.” Just think about it…Have you ever picked up a paintbrush with a vision in mind, and then been totally confused at the image on your canvas? Have you ever been baffled at the sight of masterpieces like the Mona Lisa? For sure… “Little Leonardo observed with rapture the falcons in flight… He used every scrap of paper that came his way to render the graceful lines of the cypresses, the gnarled shapes of the olive and fig-trees, the houses in the surrounding countryside and the outlines of the animals that grazed on the hills”, wrote José de Benito in 1952 in the @UNESCO Courier.  If you want to learn more about the painting techniques & philosophies of Leonardo da Vinci, simply go to the @UNESCOcourier Instagram page and click on the link in BIO or just type https://on.unesco.org/2KHd6mk in your browser.  #unesco #leonardodavinci #onthisday #unescocourier #leonardo500 #art #science #education ๐Ÿ“ธ Getty Images
๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ”Š Can you hear the drums? Can you feel the beat? This is the rythm of an old tradition still practised today, these are the Tamboradas drum-playing from Spain!  Tamboradas drum-playing rituals are loud, group rituals based on the simultaneous, intense beating of thousands of drums, played uninterruptedly for days and nights in public spaces in towns and villages. Each year, this creates a captivating landscape of sound and identity in an atmosphere charged with emotion and an intense feeling of collective communion.  The tamboradas are part of the Catholic Holy Week celebrations, and have special significance according to different places, days and times. Everywhere, whether religious and devotional or secular and playful, the practice creates a landscape of sensations and mutual respect.  The costumes, instruments, drum beats and drum rolls generate a rich local craft in which families and women play an important role. Shared meals in public spaces also enhance the feeling of friendliness. Communities prepare for the ritual all year round and are organized into different groups.  The practice and knowledge are transmitted within these groups by the most experienced individuals, and the transmission process generates a strong sense of belonging to the group and a deep connection with the ritual among the entire community.  Various events ensure the intergenerational transmission of the practice, such as children’s and national tamboradas, drum roll and embroidery workshops, and competitions.  The tamboradas rituals bring all kinds of people together.  Inscribed on UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2018, it will be surely  practiced for many years to come.  #intangibleheritage #livingheritage #culture #tradition #spain #music #unesco #tamboradas #drum #rituals
When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!” Decades later Yuri Gagarin’s message holds true! #onthisday in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel to space. ๐Ÿ“ธ Today, on International Day of Human Space Flight we are presenting to you our archival photos from 1963 Gagarin’s visit to @UNESCO HQ, in which he said: “By reaching outer space, I wanted to make a contribution to science, to enrich it with new facts about outer space. My flight was for the peaceful uses of outer space. Let me hope that UNESCO's future activities will also contribute to the further development of science, including the science of outer space.” 56 years later we continue to work for a more peaceful world.  On this #flashbackfriday we want to ask for your help to make the world a better place by describing 1 out of 5,000 photos that need to be transcribed. To learn more type https://heritagehelpers.co.uk in your browser!  #unesco #unescoarchives #archives#history #digitization #dyk #unescocourier #fridayfeeling #gagarin #space #peace #world #earth
#throwback to 1963: Students leave their school in San Pablo del Lago, Ecuador part of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). In 1952, the General Conference of UNESCO passed the resolution “Education for Living in a World Community,” a practical application of UNESCO’s mandate of building peace and removing ignorance of “each other’s ways and lives.” One year later, fifteen UNESCO Member States formed ASPnet.  Photo credit: © UNESCO/R. Corpel  #throwbackthursday #tbt #education #unesco #educationtransformslives #ecuador #peace #globalgoals #sdg4 #agenda2030 #empowerment #schools
Protecting our heritage is protecting our past, present and future.  @unesco and @natgeo encourage cultural travelers to visit World Heritage in a responsible way through @visiteuworldheritage. Vote for it at @Thewebbyawards #peoplesvoice ๐Ÿ‘‰ bit.ly/2FN3K2I @visiteuworldheritage  #visiteuworldheritage #thewebbyawards #unesco #nationalgeographic Europe #journeys #ancienteurope #romanticeurope #royaleurope #undergroundeurope #worldheritage #traveldifferently #traveldeeper #culturaltravel #sustainabletravel  Photo: Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy Photo credit: Guido Mencari / Nottilucente
Serenading your loved ones – it’s still a thing!  Whether you love singing or you are just a total romantic at heart, Dondang Sayang is made for you! Dance to the rhythm of Malaysian music and let yourself get carried away with the magic of this practice of art!  Dondang Sayang is a traditional Malay art still practiced in Melaka by four communities: the Malay, Baba Nyonya, Chitty and Portuguese communities. The practice combines elements of music (violins, gongs and tambourines or the tambour), songs and chants, and features beautiful melodious strains of poetry.  Also known as love ballads, the songs are used by communities to convey feelings of love and give advice on special topics such as love and kindness. During the Melaka Sultanate era in the fifteenth century, Dondang Sayang was performed at Royal Palace ceremonies and events; subsequently, the performance became widespread among the communities concerned.  Based on tradition, Dondang Sayang performances are accompanied by music and sung by two singers of the opposite sex, who sing in quatrains. Typically, Dondang Sayang singers are individuals who are highly competent and skilled in poetry recitation.  Dongdang Sayang performances are open to all, irrespective of age, occupation, status or religion, and the art is considered as a means of conveying positive messages and sharing feelings of love, joy and sorrow that strengthen community bonding.  Performances are held on a regular basis, especially during gatherings, festivals and parties, and nowadays many cultural programmes, activities and training activities are organized for those interested in participating and improving their singing and performance skills.  Inscribed on UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2018, this century-old tradition is for sure made to last.  #intangibleheritage #culture #heritage #malaysia #dondangsayang #performance #singing #tradition #unesco #livingheritage
Wow, wow, this is good news! The World Heritage Journeys of the EU, by @unesco & @natgeo, has been nominated by @thewebbyawards for Best Travel Website! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— And guess what, with your help, it could also be awarded a People's Voice Award! Are you with us?๐Ÿ˜‰ Then, please type this URL in your browser ๐Ÿ‘‰  bit.ly/VoteWebby and vote for a sustainable way of visiting WorldHeritage โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚! To learn more about this project, visit @visiteuworldheritage.  #visiteuworldheritage #thewebbyawards #unesco #nationalgeographic #europe #journeys #ancienteurope #romanticeurope #royaleurope #undergroundeurope #worldheritage #traveldifferently #traveldeeper #culturaltravel #sustainabletravel  Photo: National Palace of Pena, Cultural Landscape of Sintra, Portugal.  Photo credit: PSML / Wilson Pereira. ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ
Indigo is the new black! In East Germany, dying one’s clothes is a real know-how! As old as 300 years, this thorough practice has been transmitted among generations, from the oldest to the youngest while bringing everyone together.  Blaudruck/Modrotisk/Kékfestés/Modrotlaฤ, which translates directly as blueprint or blue-dyeing, refers to the practice of printing a dye-resistant paste onto a cloth before dyeing over it with indigo dye. The resistant paste prevents the dye from penetrating the design, thereby ensuring the applied design remains white or undyed after the dyeing process. To apply the designs onto the cloth, practitioners use hand-crafted blocks that are up to 300 years old, featuring regionally-inspired patterns as well as generic designs or Christian motifs.  The representation of local flora and fauna is interrelated with the local culture of the regions. Traditional indigo blue-dyeing does not end with printing, however: the textile chain involves preparing the raw materials and spinning, weaving, finishing, printing and dyeing them. Nowadays, businesses engaged in the practice mainly comprise small, family-owned workshops, run by the second to seventh generation of printers. Each family workshop involves the cooperation of the various family members, who each participate in every step of the production regardless of their gender.  Traditional knowledge is still based on (mainly family-owned) journals dating back to the nineteenth century and passed on through observation and hands-on practice. Stakeholders feel a strong emotional bond with their products, and the element encapsulates a sense of pride in long-lasting family traditions.  #intangibleheritage #culture #germany #indigo #tradition #unesco #art #blaudruck #peace #culturalheritage
"I said to myself, it's over for the Tutsis" – survivor  7 April is the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.  A keen reminder to prevent genocide and reflect on our shared humanity. Watch the extracts from '7 jours à Kigali' documentary to hear more testimonials.  #kwibuka2 #preventgenocide #rwanda #unesco #unescocourier

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