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UNESCO to Preserve Montreux Jazz Festival Collection

5000 hours of audiovisual archives to be included in Memory of the World Register

Claude Nobs

UNESCO has announced its decision to include 5000 hours of the Montreux Jazz Festival audiovisual collection in its international Memory of the World Register, which it describes as “the documentary equivalent of ‘World Heritage.'”

Starting with the first years of the Festival, the late founder Claude Nobs, according to a press release, “had the idea of recording and filming the concerts, carefully preserving nearly a half-century of music from all over the globe. No other festival has done this in a systematic fashion, making the collection absolutely unique. This is the very first audiovisual archive to be listed by UNESCO.”

In 2008, Nobs, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and the Audemars Piguet watchmaking company joined forces to save the cultural heritage by making a digital resource more visible and accessible for future generations.

Thierry Amsallem, Nobs’ sole heir, will now be responsible for the future of this cultural legacy, says the press release. He will be President of the Claude Nobs Foundation.

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