Intangible Heritage Committee to consider new inscriptions at Bali meeting
More than 80 nominations, including Saman Dance from Indonesia, Fado from Portugal or Mariachi music from Mexico, will be considered for inclusion of UNESCO Intangible Heritage lists at the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, to be held in Bali (Indonesia) from 22-29 November 2011.
Mali, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire will present a multinational nomination, with the Cultural Practices and Expressions related to the Balafon of the Senufo Communities. It is among 17 nominations that have been recommended for the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Committee, chaired by Professor Aman Wirakartakusumah of Indonesia, will also consider 23 nominations proposed for inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of Urgent Safeguarding, and 12 proposals of programs for the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices. It will also grant financial assistance for safeguarding activities and examine the first periodic reports of the States Parties on the implementation of the Convention.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 2003 Convention scheduled for 2013, the Committee will also look into planned events at national, regional, sub-regional and international levels.
Media will be able to follow the entire session of the Committee via webcast at http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/6COM/. Information concerning all of the nominations, and the recommendations made by the expert evaluations, is also available at this address.
News videos will be available for broadcasters at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/multimedia/news-videos/b-roll/.
To date, the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of Urgent Safeguarding includes 16 items from nine countries. There are 213 items from 68 countries on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Intangible Cultural Heritage includes the practices and expressions transmitted from generation to generation such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or traditional craftsmanship.
Only countries having ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage can submit nominations for the Intangible Cultural Heritage lists. To date, 137 countries have ratified the Convention adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2003.
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguard of Intangible Cultural heritage is made up of representatives from 24 UNESCO Member States. Its members are elected for a term of four years. Half are renewed every two years.
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