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Lao PDR on its way for safeguarding its rich intangible cultural heritage through community-based inventorying

12 June 2013 – Lao’s national capacities to safeguard its intangible heritage are increasing, culminating with an eight-day workshop from 11 to 18 June 2013 at Thalat, Vientiane Province. This national safeguarding effort has been made possible thanks to the generous contribution from the Republic of Korea. The workshop is part of a two year project that aims at enhancing national capacity of Lao PDR, both in government institutions and in civil society for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage.

It will be conducted by two experts from the UNESCO facilitators’ network: Shubha Chaudhuri and Paritta Koanantakool.

The Heritage Department of the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, in coordination with the UNESCO Office in Bangkok, has been very active in the organization of the forthcoming workshop and help to maximize the participation of local community members and practitioners.

During this workshop, key village officials and practitioners will also participate in two-day field documentation and inventorying work.

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