Taking stock in Chengdu of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention’s first decade – and its future

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7 June 2013: Anniversaries are opportunities to reflect on the past and to envision the future. As the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention celebrates its first decade (2003-2013), experts and officials who were involved in its conception and birth come together in Chengdu, China to discuss how it has lived up to – or exceeded! – their expectations and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead of it.

A highlight of the worldwide celebrations of the Convention’s tenth anniversary, the Chengdu International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage features a series of round-table discussions where panellists will recall the intentions of the framers of the 2003 Convention, identify its achievements thus far and define priorities for the future. First-hand testimony will be offered from those who were responsible for its creation and those who have been implementing it since, promising a lively exchange of aspirations and accomplishments. Background papers prepared for the conference identify key landmarks in the Convention’s history, map its present-day context and pose questions about its future directions.

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