The Patrimonito Storyboard Competition 2022 has just been launched by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. This contest aims to give young people the chance to apply their problem-solving and creative abilities to spread awareness about World Heritage sites.
Secondary school students and young people are invited to develop storyboards on the theme for this year’s competition by the World Heritage Education Programme. The best contribution will be chosen by an impartial panel, professionally animated, and distributed to schools and educational World Heritage events around the world.
Since 2002, Patrimonito has been producing a cartoon series called World Heritage Adventures as part of the World Heritage Education Programme. The “by young people, for young people” approach of the cartoon series aims to increase youth awareness of the value of heritage preservation while allowing them to spread the word to their friends.
There are presently 14 episodes of Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures available to the general public on the UNESCO World Heritage Website and the UNESCO social media platforms.
At the 1995 First World Heritage Youth Forum held in Bergen, Norway, a group of Spanish-speaking students developed the character of Patrimonito based on the World Heritage Emblem. Spanish for “little heritage,” Patrimonito stands for a young steward of cultural heritage.
Since that time, Patrimonito has gained widespread acceptance as the official mascot of the World Heritage Education Program. Since 2002, Patrimonito has served as the lead figure in the animated series Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures.
Storyboard Competition Theme: World Heritage and Climate Change
The most important issue of our day, climate change is one of the biggest threats to our cultural and natural heritage. Climate change is posing a threat to numerous natural and cultural heritage sites that are listed on the Worle Heritage List.
They have witnessed cultural and natural heritage sites, many of which are World Heritage Sites, being threatened in recent months and years by wildfires, floods, storms, and mass-bleaching incidents. Oral traditions, performing arts, social behaviors, holiday celebrations, and traditional knowledge are all at jeopardy due to climate change. Whole modes of life run the risk of being lost forever as a result of forced migration and relocation brought on by climate change.
Despite the enormity of the climate change challenge, there is historical precedent for taking climate action. Through the advantages of the ecosystem, such as water and climate regulation, world heritage properties also provide opportunities for society to adapt to and mitigate climate change. The transmission of traditional knowledge through cultural heritage, on the other hand, can help us become more adaptable to future change and move toward a more sustainable future. Determining the effects of climate change on human societies, cultural variety, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and the world’s natural and cultural legacy is therefore vital for all generations.
We encourage young people from all over the world to consider the urgent subject of climate change, its effects on
They invite young people from around the world to reflect on
- the pressing issue of Climate Change,
- its impact on the World Heritage sites around them,
- solutions or measures in their opinion, that would help address these challenges.
- The Patrimonito storyboard competition is open to young people from all over the world aged between 12 and 18 years old.
- The participant must create the artworks solely(s), either by hand or using digital drawing tools.
- Preparing a storyboard is like drawing a comic book. It is a script that presents a story through sketches in chronological sequence. Usually, a storyboard is drawn in pencil, ink, or through digital drawing tools. The images or visual illustrations of the story are portrayed using a series of frames.
- The story and drawing should reflect: the participant’s knowledge of the World Heritage site they have chosen and the exceptional value of the site, a challenge/problem faced by the site based on the impacts of Climate Change, and the solution or measures proposed by the participant to the challenge/problem.
- Blank storyboard worksheets should be used for drawing the cartoons. The worksheets give the participants a series of frames that will show the development of the action or story.
- the scanned copies must be submitted by email OR the original copies (in case of hand-drawn entries) or the print versions (in case of digital artworks) must be submitted by postal mail to UNESCO. Participants may also choose to submit their entries through their countries’ National Commissions for UNESCO.
- The scanned version of the storyboards should be sent to the World Heritage Centre by email: PatrimonitoCompetition@unesco.org
- The original copies (in case of hand-drawn entries) or the print versions (in case of digital artworks) must be submitted to the attention of:Ms Ines Yousfi
Focal Point, World Heritage Education Programme
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
7, place de Fontenoy,
75352 Paris 07 SP France
- The participants may also choose to submit their entries through their countries’ National Commissions for UNESCO.