The 20th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium 2020 (GA2020) will feature an engaging program of site visits, functions, workshops and a four-day Scientific Symposium on the theme of ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’, leaving a legacy for the management of cultural heritage and the communities that value and care for it in Australia and globally.
We look forward to sharing stories and techniques for conserving important cultural sites among more than 1,200 heritage experts from around the world. GA2020 event will particularly highlight the important role of Traditional Owners in caring for cultural heritage places.
The ICC Sydney will host GA2020 and is a fitting venue with their implementation of the ICC Sydney Reconciliation Action Plan. ICC Sydney’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a commitment to fostering greater inclusion and recognition of our nation’s First People across all segments of the community. As a partner of the GA2020, the venue recognises the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the culture of the traditional owners of the land as it continues its journey towards greater reconciliation for First Nations People.
GA2020 simply would not be possible without the financial commitment and other support that is being contributed by the Australian and NSW Governments. The City of Sydney, as well as public and private sector partner agencies have collaborated with us to enable the GA2020 to be staged across iconic heritage venues such as Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Opera House (thanks to Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House Trust) or Hyde Park Barracks and other historic properties managed by Sydney Living Museums.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Gundungurra Aboriginal Heritage Association will host delagates in the Greater Blue Mountains and the GA 2020 Youth Forum will gather on Cockatoo Island courtesy of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Luna Park Sydney is hosting a GA2020 party – ‘Just for fun’!
A special thank you to our Official Airline Partner, Qantas for the special incentives GA2020 attendees will receive. And for our international guests, a unique Australian journey experience with the world’s safest airline.