Intangible Cultural Heritage


Cultural heritage goes beyond monuments and collections of objects, serving as a bridge between generations and peoples and providing a source of resilience to vulnerable populations. Intangible Cultural Heritage comprises traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, including oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

In collaboration with Jordan’s Ministry of Culture, UNESCO has been supporting local authorities to enhance the safeguarding of cultural heritage, raising awareness in local communities and training people in collection and archival techniques. In this context, UNESCO has been organizing training workshops across the kingdom.

In 2016, training efforts focused on the implementation of the “2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage”. This important series of trainings aimed to enhance the capacities of the relevant stakeholders and communities in taking ownership of ICH safeguarding.

In 2017, and again in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the UNESCO Amman office facilitated a workshop on the safeguarding of ICH in Al-Mafraq Governorate. The workshop focused on training the local communities about creating a community based inventory of intangible heritage. Some workshop participants engaged in recording interviews with local Bedouins discussing traditional coffee preparation, Nabatean poetry and women’s traditional Druze dresses.

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