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April 2, 2007
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Intangible Heritage - the mirror of cultural diversity

 The Carnival of Oruro © Anders Ryman

Intangible cultural heritage comprises the living expressions and traditions that communities, groups and individuals in every part of the world receive from their ancestors and pass on to their descendants. Constantly recreated and providing its bearers with a sense of identity and continuity, this heritage is particularly vulnerable. For these reasons, the international community adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003.
News and Events
  • Exhibition of the "Dédale" Costume Sketches Paris, France
    19 03 - 13 04 2007  The exhibition presents the costumes created for the “Dédale” performance inspired by the encounter between the art director of the Académie Fratellini, who organized the show, and textile artisans from different countries during the International Symposium-Workshop on natural dyes, held in Hyderabad, India, in November 2006. 
  • UNESCO Young Digital Creators: Teachers Training Workshop Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
    31 03 - 03 04 2007  Within the framework of DigiArts project, eleven teachers and educators, from different countries and various learning communities (schools, youth clubs, community centres, etc), are attending this training workshop. 
  • Cultural Impact Assessment and Maritime Archaeology Galle, Sri Lanka
    01 - 09 04 2007  The 3rd annual field school of the UNESCO–ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) focuses on integrated conservation management of underwater sites. It provides the opportunity to study heritage conservation in real-life situations under the guidance of leading experts in the field.
  • World Report on Cultural Diversity Venice, Italy
    02 - 03 04 2007  Following a first meeting held in September 2006 at UNESCO Headquarters dedicated to a provisional concept paper for the World Report on Cultural Diversity, the second meeting of the Advisory Committee of experts focuses on the draft synopsis prepared by the intersectoral working group and examined by the College of ADGs in February. The Committee will examine possible expertise from all over the world to be solicited.
  • Intangible heritage: Lists established by the 2003 Convention New Delhi, India
    02 - 04 04 2007  In preparation for the upcoming discussions of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, this expert meeting examines a number of issues related to the two lists called for by the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. 
  • UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts 2007 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
    04 04 2007   This year's UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts presents two categories: the biennial visual arts ($20,000) and the annually awarded digital arts ($10,000).
  • Promotion of the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage Galle, Sri Lanka
    09 - 11 04 2007  This experts meeting provides a platform for policymakers, legal experts and professional experts and archaeologists to discuss and formulate practical road maps for the ratification of the 2001 Convention in Member States, and the adoption of Rules of the Annex to the Convention in their administrative systems. 
  • Islands as Crossroads: Cultural Diversities in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Victoria, Seychelles
    11 - 13 04 2007  The purpose of this experts meeting is to improve understanding of issues regarding cultural diversity at the inter-regional level with a view to guiding UNESCO’s activities to promote cultural diversity for sustainable development in SIDS and contributing to UNESCO’s World Report on Cultural Diversity currently in preparation.
  • Living Heritage: Exploring the Intangible Paris, France
    12 04 - 30 11 2007  Photo exhibition displayed on the fence surrounding UNESCO Headquarters and presenting more than 100 photos on traditional music, dance and theatre, social practices, rituals and festivals and traditional knowledge and skills, and oral traditions that communities and groups around the world receive from their ancestors and pass on to their descendants.
  • Serial World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads Workshop Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    16 - 21 04 2007  This workshop brings together the relevant authorities of each State Party in the sub-region (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), China, as well as international and national experts from UNESCO and ICOMOS. 
  • ‘The Thousand Mysteries of Borobudur’ Art Exhibition Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    20 04 - 09 05 2007  The main objective of this exhibition is to showcase the importance of the cultural heritage (tangible and intangible) beneath the living stones of Borobudur, as a symbol of Indonesia's cultural diversity.
  • World Book and Copyright Day 2007 Paris, France
    23 04 2007   On 23 April 2007 the twelfth World Book and Copyright Day, proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 1995, is celebrated. It is now widely recognised in over one hundred countries, in the North as well as the South, very often thanks to the support of a number of committed partners (National commissions, international professional associations, enterprises).  
  • UNESCO Conventions in the field of Cultural and National Legislation of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Minsk, Belarus
    26 - 28 04 2007  The purpose of the conference is to elaborate a general approach to UNESCO’s various conventions for the protection of cultural heritage and promotion of cultural diversity in the CIS countries and to discuss the means of including the fundamental principles of UNESCO’s conventions.  
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