The International Day for Monuments and Sites 2021 draws its inspiration from the cross-cutting discourse hosted by ICOMOS initiatives, including but not limited to: the inaugural ‘Diversify/Decolonise Heritage!’ Workshop (launched in July 2020), various symposia dedicated to the themes of ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’, workshops on Human Rights and Heritage Management, the webinars addressing ‘Indigenous Peoples and World Heritage’ and ‘People + Peace: The Role of Cultural Heritage in Building a More Just and Peaceful World Through Education, Diversity and Community Inclusion’ as examples of the work carried out by ICOMOS Committees and Working Groups on these important issues.
Pathways towards more inclusive narratives have emerged through many existing initiatives, ranging from climate action, rights-based approaches to heritage along with the SDGs Decade of Action, and the Culture-Nature Journey. The International Day for Monuments and Sites 2021 presents an opportunity to provide an open platform for wide involvement and participation!

Get Involved!

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, most events will be accessible online. We encourage you to contact the organizers of events in your country, and you can share your events by writing to: calendrier[at]

Potential formats for participation can include, but are not limited to:

  • 1-2 minute (max) video submissions from each ICOMOS National Committee, International Scientific Committee and Working Group, showcasing local and regional approaches towards generating inclusive narratives. The videos may be shared across ICOMOS Social Media Platforms or sent to calendrier[at] Make sure to include descriptions, quotes or facts to accompany any video, as well as hashtags.
  • Photographic submission with captions to explain current approaches, changing narratives and goals for the future. In all cases, please make sure that you retain the rights to any image you post and post it on Social Media.
  • Organize Virtual Roundtables, Host Webinars, propose Workshops to reflect on the gaps in current theory and practice and invite others to join the discussion. Using Twitter threads, tell a story about your complex pasts to present more inclusive stories and to build diverse futures. Don’t forget to use images and hashtags!

Use designated hashtags to join in the celebration!
#18April #ICOMOS #ComplexPast #DiverseFutures #IDMS2021

Please inform the ICOMOS International Secretariat of planned 18 April initiatives so that we can publish them on the ICOMOS website and share your activities among the members of the worldwide ICOMOS family.
Please send the information to: calendrier[at] using the format below (please use short sentences to enable a concise presentation and mention “18 April event – your Committee” in the email subject line):
▪ Title
▪ Who? Organisers
▪ What? Short presentation of the activity
▪ When?
▪ Where? Country, town
▪ Official contact
▪ Official website
▪ Attachments: Poster / leaflet

If you are participating through a photographic or graphic submission, please make sure you hold the rights of the images and add the image credits to your message to the Secretariat along with a written authorization for ICOMOS to use the images and share them on our website, social media and online and printed annual reports free of charge in perpetuity.

For more, please visit ICOMOS.


Header Image: Vue intérieure du Panthéon, Bouhot, Étienne, Boilly, Louis Léopold , Peintre, Vers 1810, Musée Carnavalet, Histoire de Paris

CC0 Paris Musées / Musée Carnavalet