2023 was a big year for Australia ICOMOS, as it hosted the 'Olympics of the heritage world' in Sydney. In the words of Conference Convenor "Prof Richard Mackay AM "By any measure, the 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS – GA2023 – was a resounding success."
The GA2023 welcomed 1500 participants from around the world, who enjoyed 158 different events, including moving Welcomes to Country, the Youth Forum on Cockatoo Island, a Lord Mayoral reception, workshops and symposia on the Murujuga Cultural Landscape, Climate Change and Caring for Country, Urban Sustainability, over 50 engaging side events and 81 Scientific Symposium sessions.
In the months leading up to the symposium, Art of Multimedia produced a promotional video series interviewing leaders from key cultural sites, including Sydney Opera House, Cockatoo Island, Hyde Park Barracks and Elders from Greater Blue Mountains, Budj Bim Cultural Landscape and Kamay Botany Bay National Park, who personally invite delegates to attend the GA2023.
Aiming to capture the essence of the event, AOM also produced a wrap-up video by filming selected segments of the 10-day event and incorporating the photographs provided by delegates and session organisers. Motion graphics and music added excitement to this 6-minute video, which celebrates the people, the places and the practices that made the GA2023 a success.
The GA2023 video series was an outstanding success: not only through encouraging attendance but also in conveying important messages and setting the 'tone' of the event as engaging and welcoming. As if that were not enough, the wrap-up highlights video (which I know was also subsidised) provided a wonderful finale at the conclusion of GA2023: thank you!
Richard Mackay AM
GA2023 Convenor, ICOMOS