As a result of the program, 7 animation series in 2D format were launched, in which teenager cartoon characters visited the well-known and unknown monuments of Armenia: Gndevank, Aghjkaberd, Tanahat monastery, Mantashaberd, Jraharsi Varser, Selimi Caravanserai, Metsamor museum-reserve, and learnt about certain rules to be followed around those monuments. The animations are in Armenian and English, accompanied by sign-language interpretation. They are created with minimalistic but illustrative and colourful solutions. The animations aim to raise awareness about cultural heritage of the homeland within the communities from an early age, as well as to educate and arise their interest and respect toward historical and cultural heritage. The rules of integrity encourage young generation to keep the sites clean and undamaged, as well as to take care of the heritage that has been handed over to us. Now more than ever, it is important, to encourage to introduce, preserve and enhance rich heritage using such educational programs.
Since 1982, after getting the approval of the UNESCO 22th General Assembly, International Committee on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has been celebrating the 18th of April as the International Day of Monuments and Sites, encouraging to mark this day with special initiatives and events at the archaeological and monumental heritage sites. For years, ICOMOS has been suggesting the themes, considering a broader coverage of cultural heritage as the advice of the day. The theme for this year’s International Day of Monuments and Sites was “Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures”. Thus, following the tradition and in accordance with the theme proposed for the 18th of April, ICOMOS/Armenia presented its program, titled “7 Wonders of Armenia” and dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the great Armenologist Ghevond Alishan. The program was implemented within the frames of the 2020 cycle of funding for projects, provided by the MESCS of RA. The presentation of the program was held on the 18th of April, 2021 at the National Museum-Institute of Architecture named after Alexander Tamanyan.
You can watch the animation series visiting the ICOMOS/Armenia YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp5KtUS3TPPfyP31YTJdmCg .