Bathurst will be on display this September on the world stage at the 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to be held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, from September 3 to 9.
ICOMOS is a global organisation of cultural heritage professionals working for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places with its headquarters in Paris, which serves as the principal advisory body on cultural heritage to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. ICOMOS has over 9,500 members and more than 110 National Committees throughout the world.
The General Assembly in Sydney is expected to attract up to 1,500 professionals from across the globe representing heritage, archaeology, historians, urban planning, architects and academia.
The Convenor for this prestigious event visited Bathurst in 2021 to attend the annual Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail. He was so impressed by this event that the idea was born to replicate it, in part, at Darling Harbour and so, for the first time, a General Assembly of ICOMOS will feature a ‘Heritage Trades Fair’, displaying traditional craftsmanship immediately outside the entrance to the International Convention Centre. Five artisans from the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail will be demonstrating to both convention attendees as well as the general public.
Bathurst Regional Council was also invited to profile the region at a stall in the public Heritage Exposition Hall where the best of Australian cultural heritage is being showcased to visiting professionals and to the Sydney public.
Mayor Robert Taylor said that this opportunity places Bathurst and the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail on the global stage and demonstrates the strength of the region’s cultural heritage values and the wide regard in which these are held, as well as the continually growing profile of the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail as one of the most significant heritage-focused events in New South Wales.
Future details on the convention and event are available on the website for the General Assembly https://icomosga2023.org/
Further information on the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail is available at https://www.bathurstregion.com.au/bathurst-heritage-trades-trail/