Christian Hugonnet is a french Acoustical Engineer and Court appointed Expert. In December 1998, he founded the Association ‘THE WEEK OF SOUND’ [subject to the French Law on Associations of 1901], that has the objective of raising the awareness of the general public, politicians and all the other actors in society, to the societal risks created by sound.
Each year since 2004, the Association has organised a campaign-event in January on the problems linked to sound, using a transversal approach: cultural, health (hearing health), industrial, educational, environmental. and economic.This ‘Week of Sound’ also takes place at the same time in Belgium and Switzerland, and at other times in the year in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Canada, Senegal, Romania and Spain.
In 2006 the Association’ THE WEEK OF SOUND’ received a ‘Golden Decibel Award’ from the French National Noise Council, and as such is recognised as being beneficial to the general interest of society and accredited by the French Minister of National Education (Official Bulletin N°3, 19 January 2014).
For the 70th edition of the Cannes Festival in 2017, the Association initiated the first ‘Prize for the best sound creation’, attributed as part of the selection ‘Un certain regard’ [from another point of view] to the Director Kaouther BEN HANIA for her film « La Belle et la meute ». [Beauty and the Dogs].
On the 31st October 2017, UNESCO adopted a historic resolution « The importance of sound in today’s world: promoting best practices », based on the 5 themes of the Charter of ‘THE WEEK OF SOUND’ Association.
photo : @Christian TAILLEMITE
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