02.05.2013 - UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Kingdom of the Netherlands

© UNESCO/Fernando Brugman.Downtown Oranjestad, capital of Aruba.

From 15 to 17 April 2013, the Workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Kingdom of the Netherlands opened its sessions, funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its main goals included the coordinated implementation of the Convention in the Kingdom and the definition of the priorities of a project financed by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, thanks to a Dutch contribution, which includes Surinam.

The scope of the project, in keeping with the capacity-building strategy for safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage, took into account the fact that when the Kingdom of the Netherlands was restructured in 2010, the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Saint Maarten remained as autonomous islands within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, while the islands of Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba are special municipalities of the Netherlands in the Caribbean. In addition, the project includes Surinam, a country having historical ties with Holland, which has yet to ratify the Convention.

The agreements adopted during the event include the proposal that a national consultation be carried out (except in the case of Aruba, where it has already been done) to bring together all the actors and explain the project. It was also agreed that the capacity-building actions should include workshops on the implementation of the Convention, inventorying and the preparation of nominations. In the case of Surinam, there exists the possibility of organizing a national consultation on the benefits of ratifying, and applying, the Convention. Another important agreement was to conduct an activity organized by the young people of the islands, and especially dedicated to them, as a follow-up to the successful youth meeting held in Grenada at the end of 2012.

The participants further agreed that each island will designate a coordinator for the project, establish work groups to implement the Convention at the local level and prepare an initial assessment of the state of safeguard of their intangible heritage and their more specific needs.

The Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean was represented by Fernando Brugman, Culture Programme Coordinator.

List of participants




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