As some readers may already know, this blog is primarily about nature in Africa. We love trees and wood! So it is with great pleasure that I want to promote World Wood Day 2013. The inaugural celebration of World Wood Day is being hosted in Tanzania with a series of specially designed events.
I had not heard about the World Wood Day celebrations, until I was contacted by Ru-an Hsu from the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), in connection with a Mozambican wood sculptor/carver who was featured on this blog.
So what is World Wood Day all about?
Wood: Art, Joy and Culture
March 21st is officially designated and recognized as the International Day of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly and 2013 is the first year of recognition. World Wood Day is celebrated on the same day as the International Day of Forests to raise public awareness of wood as a key role for a sustainable future. The idea for world wood day was first advocated in 2009 by International Wood Culture Society along with partners and friends. The idea behind World Wood Day is a cultural approach to realize the concept ‘Wood is Good’.
World Wood Day is an annual cultural event to raise public awareness on the importance and goodness of wood on March 21st. Wood, an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial from nature, plays a crucial role in the development of human civilization and environment. We invites everyone to share their passion for wood and to acquire a more comprehensive knowledge of wood on this special day to better put the core concept of “Wood is Good” into practice in our daily lives.
The celebrations planned include the 2013 World Wood Day Symposium (follow link for more information) which will be held in Tanzania on March 20th, 2013. The theme of the conference is: Wood in Africa – Cultural Distribution, Historical Utilization, and Future Sustainability and “aims to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences concerning the wood research, strategy and practice, in the cultural, historical and social contexts and development. Focused topics are designed to raise awareness of current issues and to enhance multidisciplinary discussions for the crucial role of wood in a sustainable world.”
Other events connected to 2013 World Wood Day include a wood culture tour, tree planting and
. . . three woodcrafting events in Tanzania, Woodcarving Competition, International Woodcarving Show and Woodturning Show, to support the theme of year, “A Cultural Approach to Achieve Wood is Good.” Outstanding artisans from Tanzania and other African countries, plus woodcarving and woodturning artists from other countries, will be invited to perform and exchange their excellent skills and creativity during the World Wood Day woodcrafting activities.
There is a great video on this page of the World Wood Day site, which shows various African wood carvers at work. I think the artwork they produce is really beautiful and unique.
If you are a wood artist and would like to participate in the woodcrafting events, please contact:Ru-an Hsu Program Executive/ Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Some images of the Mozambican wood artist