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Annual pilgrimage to the mausoleum of Sidi ‘Abd el-Qader Ben Mohammed (Sidi Cheikh)
24 November 2014 – November 24, 2014 - The ninth session of the Intergovernmental Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee was inaugurated today at UNESCO headquarters. In his opening address, Mr. Alfredo Pérez Armiñán, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture, stressed that “The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage recognizes communities as key players in the identifying and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, and calls all States Parties to implement … ›››

Sunday 23 November: information session on the Committee

19 November 2014 – An information session for States Parties to the Convention, and particularly for new Committee Members, will take place on Sunday 23 November 2014 (3 to 5 p.m.) in Room IV (Fontenoy) to introduce the provisional agenda and timetable and the working methods of the Committee during its ninth session›››
Practices and expressions of joking relationships in Niger

Niger launches a capacity-building programme for the safeguarding of its living heritage

07 November 2014 – A representative of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Leisure of Niger will open today next Monday 10 November a five-days Training workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, with the participation of the Spanish Technical Bureau of Cooperation in Niger.

Organized together with the National Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums of Niger and the support of UNESCO, the workshop (held in Niamey from 10 to 14 November) is the first of three major training activities of the capacity-building programme implemented in Niger for the safeguarding of its living heritage. ›››

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Why safeguard intangible cultural heritage? Answers by States…

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

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

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Belgium
Mr Marc Jacobs Director of the Flemish Interface for Cultural Heritage (FARO)

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