What started as a task for our student interns in 2014, is now a global campaign to motivate people to engage with heritage. #makeheritagefun is a distributed social media campaign occurring simultaneously across cities around the world to draw attention to heritage – and is yet another intitiave by GoUNESCO for laypersons to engage with heritage. Experiences from across the world are collated and amplified through social media using the hashtag #makeheritagefun.
The prime goal of a #makeheritagefun event is to draw attention to heritage, by creating both online buzz and offline conversations. The events are intended to bring together people interested in heritage and start these conversations.
Taking place once every 3 months, the global social media campaign, #makeheritagefun, will be taking place on the following dates this year:
- 26th of March, 2017
- 25th of June, 2017
- 24th of September, 2017
- 17th December, 2017
The first #makeheritagefun , started in June 2015, was organized almost simultaneously in 11 cities in Asia and Europe. Since then, it has grown profoundly and sees more than 250 cities across 7 continents participate.
GoUNESCO acts as a catalyst and offers centralised support including registrations and promotion, but the events themselves are planned and managed by volunteers in these cities. These volunteers can be anyone – in the past, we have seen students, travel bloggers, heritage organizations, even World Heritage Site managers have organized events in the past. The key aspect to note is that we do not impose our thoughts – heritage and its interpretation is left entirely to the organizers.
So mark your calendars and get set to celebrate your local heritage, globally! Sign up to volunteer and participate – here.