UNESCO partners with NHK to produce World Heritage videos

This partnership builds on state-of-the-art digital visual and sound processing technologies for the production of short digital TV documentaries on World Heritage using Hi-Vision technology as well as quality 3-D moving images and reconstruction images related to heritage. The first meeting of this advisory committee took place on 2 and 3 March 2005.

These videos have been edited and adapted especially by UNESCO for online access. They are part of the NHK World Heritage 100 Series.

In the long term, these documentaries are expected to cover all World Heritage sites, as well as all cultural expressions and spaces protected by the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. This initiative echoes the vision of UNESCO´s then Director-General, Koichiro Matsuura“The preservation of the world’s Heritage must mean contributing to the protection of cultural diversity in all its forms. Cultural Heritage is an open notion evoking the universal nature of human creativity. It encompasses not only magnificent temples but also living culture”.

Concurrently, a data-base system will allow such images to be utilized for various projects, such as DVD and other audio-visual package operations, public exhibitions, new types of exhibition using virtual reality systems, and production of quality replicas for exhibition and academic uses. To ensure the scientific accuracy of the project, an advisory committee has been established.

NHK (日本放送協会, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai; official English name: Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan‘s national public broadcasting organization.

Tyler Brûlé, editor-in-chief of Monocle, in his Financial Times column describes NHK in the following way:

NHK has a muscular international news-gathering organisation with bureaux across the world, hundreds of correspondents and producers, and serious reach. Its style of presentation, however, would lead you to believe that Japan’s electronics corporations had little or no hand in bringing video images to the world over the past few decades. To label the channel constipated would be mild. Delivery is wooden, the graphics stuck in the 1980s, the programming unwatchable, the business coverage lacking, and its scripting and voice-overs are reminiscent of educational films produced just after the war.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay; and the major international mercantile port of India. The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in 1878, according to a High Victorian Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models.

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