11.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

The ‘Capacity Building Workshop on Preparing Nominations for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists’ held from December 03-06 2013 in Dili, Timor-Leste

The ‘Capacity Building Workshop on Preparing Nominations for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists’ was successfully held from December 03-06 2013 in Dili, Timor-Leste. The workshop was jointly organized by the State Secretariat of Arts and Culture of the Ministry of Tourism of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, UNESCO, with financial support from the Government of Japan through UNESCO Japanese Funds-In-Trust for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The workshop brought together over 50 national and local officials, civil society, and community leaders in Timor-Leste with the overall aim of safeguarding intangible Cultural Heritage particularly through the nomination to the UNESCO safeguarding and representative lists.

The workshop programme was undertaken over four days and was co-facilitated Mr. Rahul Goswami (expert on rural development and agro-ecological practices, sustainable development and intangible cultural heritage) and Ms. Suzanne Ogge (consultant for UNESCO on cultural heritage projects in the field of intangible cultural heritage, and museum development and collection management).

The first day of the workshop focused on a recap of overview of the past workshop on implementation and inventorying process.  Day two focused on the nomination process to the UNESCO lists including an overview of criteria, forms and procedures as well as interactive group work. Day three focused on the topic of community participation in the nomination process. The final day of the workshop was concerned with the results of the group work and nomination dossier that has been developed during the workshop.

The final day of the workshop also included a feedback and discussion session that gave an opportunity for experts from the State Secretary of Art and Culture and NGO Many Hands International, who previously had attended intangible cultural heritage study tour and training workshop in Japan and Jakarta respectively, to share their experiences and knowledge with workshop participants. This session also enabled new participants from local NGOs and university students in Dili to share their feedback from the workshop and ways in which safeguarding cultural heritage in Timor Leste could be further developed.

This workshop is the 5th in a series of capacity building workshops in Timor-Leste which were held in November 2011, April 2012, October 2012 and April respectively. The first workshop focused on the Ratification of the Convention, the second on Implementation of the Convention and the third and fourth on a community based inventorying including giving participants a broad overview of the ICH Convention, principles of community inventorying and an introduction to inventorying work.

The workshop also saw the opening of a small exhibition on ICH  entitled ‘ The Living Heritage of Communities in Timor-Leste’. This small exhibition will be followed by a larger public exhibition to be held in January 2013 along with the launch of a community based ICH publication developed between State Secretary of Arts and Culture, UNESCO and National Geographic. It is hoped that this activities will help raise awareness around the need to safeguard ICH at a local and governmental level.

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