Peacebuilding, natural disasters mitigation and indigenous communities supported by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund

24 August 2015 – Côte d’Ivoire is being supported with a grant of US$299,972 by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund on an emergency basis to conduct inventory work contributing to peacebuilding and stabilisation efforts following a 10-year political and military crisis. The project aims to draw up the inventory of the intangible cultural heritage present in Côte d’Ivoire with a view to its urgent safeguarding and valorisation as one of the major lines of action for the consolidation of peace and lasting stabilisation in the country under the National Programme for Social Cohesion…  ›››
Playing the conch during Tabancas Festival in Santa Catarina, Cabo Verde

Learning how Cabo Verde can safeguard its living heritage attracts statewide and regional attention

03 August 2015 – Thirty Cabo Verdean representatives from diverse institutions and backgrounds gathered in Praia last month for a training workshop on the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at national level.

The training programme, held from 27 to 31 July, was organized in close cooperation between the Cultural Heritage Institute of Cabo Verde (IPC), UNESCO Headquarters and UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar to provide attendees with a forum to discuss the scope and objectives of the Convention, as well as obligations of States Parties. ›››

Jaran Kepang: Surinamese Javanese dance, danced by young men on plaited bamboo horses

Suriname taking important strides towards the safeguarding of its living heritage

20 July 2015 – As Suriname moves closer towards the ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, it is timely for community members, policy-makers, and governmental and non-governmental representatives to come together to chart the way forward in the safeguarding of their living heritage.

From 27 to 31 July 2015, a five-day workshop will be held in Paramaribo aiming to clarify the process and mechanisms for successful ratification and implementation of the 2003 Convention, including an overview of its objectives and key concepts and principles. The workshop will also provide a platform for participants to reflect collectively on experiences and challenges in safeguarding their intangible cultural heritage…

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Why safeguard intangible cultural heritage? Answers by States…

Ms Christine Merkel Head of the Division of Culture, German Commission for UNESCO

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Mr Ahmed Skounti Researcher, National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage

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Mr Gowoothum Soobarah Director of Culture, Ministry of Arts and Culture


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