April 18

International Day on Monuments & Sites

April 18th is a major celebration for ICOMOS and each year the state representatives of Australia ICOMOS organise a number of activities around Australia so that you can celebrate the diversity of the world’s cultural heritage with colleagues, and along with ICOMOS members the world over. It is important to note that this day is not (and never was) called ‘world heritage day’!

About the theme for 2016: The Heritage of Sport

The 2016 theme for the ICOMOS International Day on Monuments and Sites celebrated on 18 April is: The Heritage of Sport.

  • “Sport is part of every man and woman’s heritage and its absence can never be compensated for.” – Pierre de Coubertin

The Olympic Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016. ICOMOS wishes to dedicate the 2016 International Day for Monuments and Sites to the heritage of sports, since sports have developed from the origin of mankind onwards and have left testimonies to the diversity of installations and facilities related to their practice, many of them bearing outstanding values related to the development of architecture, art and techniques.

For more about the theme, visit the ICOMOS website.

About the theme for 2015: ICOMOS 50th anniversary

In 2015, ICOMOS International will celebrate its 50th anniversary. All National Committees and members are invited to organise events to make this a memorable jubilee!

Details of the subject theme for celebration as part of the International Day on Monuments and Sites are yet to be provided. Further information will be provided as soon as it is received.

Australia ICOMOS will be organising a series of events to celebrate the 2015 theme around the 18th of April and later in the year. Information on events taking place across Australia is listed below. Should you wish to learn more about potential events please contact your State Representative or email Kerime Danis, Secretary, Australia ICOMOS. 

In May 2015, Kerime Danis spoke to Sam Baran from 2SER about the International Day on Monuments & Sites – click here to listen to the interview.

  • The Inaugural Dr Jim Kerr Memorial Address on the International Day for Monuments & Sites, 18 April 2015

    Presented by Australia ICOMOS (NSW) in association with the Sydney Opera House; the Heritage Division NSW Office of Environment and Heritage; and the National Trust of Australia (NSW)

    The Annual Jim Kerr Memorial address pays respect to his legacy by perpetuating open inquiry into the understanding of place and the constant review of progress in conservation planning practice.​ The event will be followed by a tour of Sydney Opera House.

    18 April 2015, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000


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  • “The Art of Building Conservation: Caring for Stonework: seminar, 12 May 2015

    This seminar, “The Art of Building Conservation: Caring for Stonework”, features Andrew Sneddon of Australia ICOMOS, heritage architect Andrew Ladlay and stonemason Vince MacKenzie-Ross, and focuses on the conservation of the stone facades of the Treasury Casino and Hotel and updates of the ICOMOS Burra Charter and Practice Notes.

    This event is booked out.

    Download the Stonework Seminar flyer.


  • Australia ICOMOS conference: Fabric – Threads of Conservation, 5-8 November 2015

    Australia ICOMOS’ conference Fabric is a forum to gather and debate the issues associated with the conservation of heritage fabric.

    Issues include: understanding and stewardship of traditional and technical conservation skills, engaging communities in conservation, advancing conservation knowledge, exploring new technologies, and fostering of training opportunities for the future conservation and interpretation of heritage fabric.


For further information visit the International Day on Monuments & Sites page.