14.11.2012 - Culture Sector

Medliher: four years of cooperation for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in the Mediterranean

The Hilali poets recount the history of a historic Bedouin tribe

9 November 2012 - Four years of cooperation for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic will come to an end with the completion of the project MedLiHer - Mediterranean Living Heritage in December 2012. To showcase this experience, a photographic exhibition and a documentary film will be presented at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room XI) on 18 December 2012.

Co-financed by the European Union and UNESCO through the Euromed Heritage Program, and benefiting from the cooperation with Maison des cultures du monde, the MedLiHer Project has aimed to build long term capacities of key national players for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in those countries, including developing national safeguarding projects and supporting their participation in its international mechanisms. The project also sought to strengthen cooperation and exchange of expertise and experience at the regional level through the creation of a network of institutions and development of a web portal with a database.

An evaluation meeting will be held at the Maison des cultures du monde in Paris on 17 and 18 December to take stock of the past four years of implementation. Key actors (project managers, facilitators, photographers, filmmakers and heritage professionals) will share their experiences during the closing session of the Project.

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