10.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Apia

10th Anniversary of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention in Vanuatu

The Pacific region is actively engaging in the safeguarding of the living heritage in the region. Ten years after the adoption of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, seven Pacific islands states are now parties to the Convention.

Celebrating this achievement, Vanuatu Cultural Centre (VCC) in Port Vila organizes three-day celebration from 12 to 14 June 2013.  The programme includes lectures, music and dance, story-telling, as well as the demonstration of Vanuatu Sand Drawing, one of the two Pacific elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

VCC is a multi-functional cultural centre, hosting the National Museum, Library, Film and Sound Unit, National Heritage Registry and National Archives in its main premise in Port Vila. With its branches in some of the outer islands, VCC has been playing a key role in the safeguarding of heritage and the promotion of cultural activities in the country. VCC runs a variety of activities for museum visitors, school children and communities, in order to keep their culture alive.

When Vanuatu ratified the Convention in 2010, the intangible cultural heritage focal point was established at VCC.  One of the important programmes managed by VCC is the Fieldworker Network Programme.  Under this Programme, volunteers and experts have been engaged in the documentation of a wide variety of intangible cultural heritage of their own communities.  Building upon relationships that already exist between communities and fieldworkers, the Programme has been effective in promoting community-based inventorying of their heritage.


As a regional leader in the field of culture, VCC recently hosted the 4th Pacific Information and Network Meeting sponsored by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Center for Asia and the Pacific (ICHCAP), Category II Centre in Republic of  Korea.  Bringing together States Parties in the Pacific, the Meeting took note of the progress in the region, and discussed projects for future cooperation.


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