31.03.2014 - UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Soon in Dominican Republic workshop on inventory-making of intangible cultural heritage

© Edis Sánchez. Chuineros analyse their participation in workshop.

From 31 March to 6 April, a workshop will be held in the Dominican Republic on inventory-making of intangible cultural heritage in a community context, as part of the project Strengthening national capacities for the effective safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This workshop has counted with the active collaboration of the Ministry of Culture of this Member State, through a team of specialists headed by Arch Nerva Fondeur, Coordinator of the Deputy Ministry of Cultural Heritage, and by Ms Rosa Elena Rodríguez, General Director for Training and Capacity Building of said entity.

With the collaboration of facilitators María Ismenia Toledo and Enrique Pérez, who will conduct the workshop, and facilitator Edis Sánchez, who was instrumental in obtaining the consent of the Chuineros, who live in Cañafístol, in Baní, in the province of Peravia, close to 30 specialists, students and bearers will be trained in the key concepts of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage concerning the community's role in inventory-making, as well as on the techniques for the elaboration of photographs, videos, recordings and technical data required to inventory the expression of the Chuines, in danger of disappearing.

The opening session will be attended, in addition to the authorities of the Ministry of Culture, by Fernando Brugman, on behalf of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Gilda Betancourt, the project Coordinator, who will shortly travel to Baní to collaborate in the organisation of this exercise.

As part of their practical activities, the participants will make a technical visit to the Cultural Space of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos of Villa Mella, an expression inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

At the end of the theoretical-practical sessions, on Saturday and Sunday, 5-6 April, the participants will carry out an inventorying practice together with the Chuineros in Cañafístol, Baní.

The workshop will end on Sunday, 6 April, in that same community, and will count with the support of the Perelló Cultural Centre, based in Baní, where, during the closing session, trainees and facilitators will receive their diplomas.


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