Projects and activities on intangible heritage in which UNESCO is involved
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Safeguarding Albanian Folk-Iso-polyphony12-2006/03-2010, Albania
National Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Mugam of Azerbaijan01-2006/12-2009, Azerbaijan
Armenian Duduk Music11-2006/04-2009, Armenia
Safeguarding Shashmaqom, the Classical Music of Central Asia01-2005/10-2007, Tajikistan
Safeguarding the Yukaghir Language and Oral Traditions2007, Russian Federation
Safeguarding and Promotion of Georgian Traditional Polyphony07-2003/02-2006, Georgia
- Georgian polyphonic singing
- © Research Center of Traditional Poliphony
Polyphonic singing is a popular tradition that used to pervade all areas of everyday life in Georgia, ranging from field work to songs for curing illnesses and Christmas carols. There are three types of polyphony in Georgia, each performed in a different region.
The project enabled not only the promotion of research and documentation on traditional polyphony, but also its transmission to younger generations. The Research Centre on Traditional Polyphony (RCTP) produced a number of publications, organized training courses for collectors, teachers and students of polyphony and created an audio-visual inventory of traditional Georgian polyphony. An international symposium under the patronage of the president of the Republic was held to raise awareness of Georgian traditional polyphony both inside and outside the country. It also helped to develop exchange and cooperation with various international organizations, institutes, associations and universities studying folk music.
To date, seven Youth Folk Song Centres have been established in different Georgian provinces. At each of these centres, an elderly master ensures the transmission of the local polyphonic tradition to about ten young people for each Centre.
- Summary description of the project (English)
The Safeguarding and Revitalization of Lithuanian Cross Crafting and Its Symbolism: Phase I of the Action Plan04-2003/05-2005, Lithuania
Safeguarding endangered languages of indigenous peoples of Siberia2005, Russian Federation