Meetings on intangible cultural heritage (co-)organized by UNESCO



36 element(s)

Expert meeting on criteria for inscription on the lists established by the 2003 Convention05/06-12-2005, Paris (France)

Music, dance and theatre traditions01-11-2005, Paris (France)

Expert meeting on inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritage17/18-03-2005, Paris (France)

Regional meeting for Caribbean States17/19-02-2005, Roseau (Dominica)

Regional meeting for Arab States05/06-01-2005, Algiers (Algeria)

Regional meeting for Europe and North America13/15-12-2004, Kazan (Russian Federation)

Regional meeting for Eastern and Southern Africa22/24-11-2004, Nairobi (Kenya)

International Conference on « The Safeguarding of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage: Towards an Integrated Approach »20/23-10-2004, Nara (Japan)

Regional meeting for Asia20/22-09-2004, New Delhi (India)

International Conference on Globalization and Intangible Cultural Heritage26/27-07-2004, Tokyo (Japan)

Preparatory Meeting for a Manual on social practices, rituals and festive events08/10-07-2004, Paris (France)

Regional meeting for Latin America and Cuba28/30-06-2004, Paraty (Brazil)

Regional meeting for West and Central Africa07/09-06-2004, Dakar (Senegal)

Expert meeting on museums and Intangible Cultural Heritage05/07-04-2004, Oud-Poelgeest (Netherlands)

Expert meeting on Gender and Intangible Cultural Heritage08/10-12-2003, Paris (France)

UNESCO. General Conference; 32nd session; 200329-09-2003/17-10-2003, Paris (France)

Expert meeting on the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music of the World17/18-09-2003, Paris (France)

UNESCO. Executive Board; 167th session; 200315-09-2003/15-10-2003, Paris (France)

Third session of the Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage02/14-06-2003, Paris (France)

Intersessional Working Group of government experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage22/30-04-2003, Paris (France)

Expert meeting on Safeguarding Endangered Languages10/12-03-2003, Paris (France)

Second session of the Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage24-02-2003/01-03-2003, Paris (France)

UNESCO. Executive Board; 165th session; 200207/17-10-2002, Paris (France)

First session of the Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage23/27-09-2002, Paris (France)

Third Round Table of Ministers of Culture: the intangible cultural heritage, a mirror of cultural diversity16/17-09-2002, Istanbul (Turkey)

Second meeting of the select drafting group of a preliminary international convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage13/15-06-2002, Paris (France)

Expert meeting on “Intangible Cultural Heritage - Establishment of a Glossary”10/12-06-2002, Paris (France)

UNESCO. Executive Board; 164th session; 200221/30-05-2002, Paris (France)

First meeting of the select drafting group of a preliminary international convention on intangible cultural heritage20/22-03-2002, Paris (France)

Expert meeting on “Intangible Cultural Heritage: Priority Domains for an International Convention”22/24-01-2002, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

UNESCO. General Conference; 31st session; 200115-10-2001/02-11-2001, Paris (France)

Expert meeting on Women, Intangible Heritage and Development25/27-06-2001, Tehran (Iran (Islamic Republic of))

UNESCO. Executive Board; 161st session; 200128-05-2001/13-06-2001, Paris (France)

International Round Table: Intangible Cultural Heritage, Working Definitions14/17-03-2001, Turin (Italy)

UNESCO. Executive Board; 160th session; 200009/25-10-2000, Paris (France)

Regional Workshop on the Transmission of the Traditional Technique of Costume-making of the Miao/Hmong People Living in China, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam01-06-2000, Kunming (China)

http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?meeting_id=00087

The Miao or Hmong people are an ethnic group with a population of over 10 million. They live in the south of China, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. Since the 1970s, nearly 150,000 Miao/Hmong have settled in Australia, Canada, France and the United States. Throughout their centuries of migration, the Miao/Hmong’s oral traditions have been crucial to the transmission of their philosophy and history. This is reflected in their garments and hairstyle as well as the designs, colours, and compositions of the decorative patterns used in their costumes.

Today, most of their traditional costume-making techniques are in danger of disappearing as traditional costumes are gradually being replaced by modern clothing in synthetic materials. The lack of raw materials, time-consuming production, a decreasing demand, and the impracticality of traditional costumes for a modern lifestyle, make it difficult for these communities to continue traditional costume-making and preserve the techniques. Despite this, Miao/Hmong costumes have a high aesthetic appeal and are much appreciated by specialists and the wider public alike. They have inspired modern fashion designers and interior decorators.

UNESCO was asked to organize this workshop with three principle objectives:

  • to build links between these communities and specialists;
  • to compile an inventory of the endangered techniques, and;
  • to strengthen co-operation between community and non-governmental organizations to promote and revitalize this traditional know-how.

In association with the Yunnan provincial authorities in China, UNESCO organized a training workshop on Miao/Hmong traditional costume-making techniques in June 2000, designed to encourage and assist local communities in revitalizing their traditional techniques and adopting them to modern life while preserving their cultural identity. Miao/Hmong masters of costume-making from various countries were invited to demonstrate and exchange techniques during the workshop. International and national specialists in textile techniques and regional NGOs involved in promoting handicrafts were invited to attend the workshop and give training courses for young Miao/Hmong professionals.