World Listening Day: Sounds Lost and Found #wld2016

July 18 is World Listening Day. The theme for this year’s World Listening Day is “Sounds Lost and Found.” Hashtag: #WLD2016 Contests and walks around the world focus attention on improving listening skills and conserving critical soundscapes. July 18 was chosen because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, one of …

Mexico Celebrates National Tree Day #DiaDelArbol

Among our favorite floating date holidays: Mexican Tree Day. In Mexico, the second Thursday of July is Mexican Tree Day, from the 1959 decree by President Adolfo Lopez Mateos. En México, el segundo jueves de julio es el Día del Árbol Mexicano,   a partir del decreto de 1959, del presidente Adolfo López Mateos. Hashtag: #DiaDelArbol Embedded …

Creating Fan Clubs for #WorldHeritage #40whc

I started watching live webcasts of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meetings just a couple of years ago. Here is the diplomatic process at work on the ground and livestreaming around the globe. What’s not to like?! I am a fan of world heritage. (Soy un fanatico del patrimonio mundial.) This week UNESCO is holding its current …

Protecting More with Less: Diminished Funding for World Heritage #40whc

This week Istanbul, Turkey hosts the 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee July 10-20, 2016. Hashtag: #40whc One issue has come to the forefront – namely that the budget for protecting and conserving world heritage sites has been cut back at the same time that the number of protected sites is on the rise. Alarming news. …

Preview: 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee #40whc

Istanbul, Turkey hosts the 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee July 10-20, 2016. Hashtag: #40whc The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session, which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ülker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of …

A Festival of Three Rivers #TRF2016

Add this to your #LocalTravelUSA events calendar! Fort Wayne, Indiana – July 8-16 Three Rivers Festival – Fort Wayne’s biggest summer party since 1969. Highlights include a parade, a bed race, a running race, raft race, heaps of junk food and (to be confirmed) bike valet service. The festival is an annual tradition and begins the Saturday after Independence …

When is bus service expected to resume in Oaxaca? = ¿Cuando reanude el servicio de autobuses en Oaxaca? #OaxacaNow (July 2016)

Social protests continue in Oaxaca, Mexico. July is normally a festive month in the southern Mexican state, but with blockades and marches occurring the past two months, visitor cancellations have been on the increase. More disturbing is the news that the ADO Bus Terminal has been blockaded the past two weeks (late night transportation resumed …

Songlines: The living narrative of Australia

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 2016 dates: July 3-10. Theme: Songlines –The living narrative of our nation Hashtags: #NAIDOC2016,  #NAIDOCWeek NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and …