18.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Jirel community in Dolkha district to pilot safeguarding intangible heritage

Nepal’s Jirel community with its rich Lamaistic Buddhist and dhami-jhakri practices will host a pilot of creating an inventory of this heritage as part of a “Community-based Identification and Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage” workshop next week.

The work with the community, which lives in the Jiri-Sikri valley in the Dolkha district, is the highlight of the workshop that the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu organizes jointly with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and with support from people in Jiri, from 21 to 28 January 2013 in Jiri.

About 25 participants from different parts and sectors of the country will attend the training to increase their understanding of how to safeguard Nepal’s diverse living traditions and expressions. Its main objective is to build capacity to identify elements of intangible heritage and to establish inventories of this heritage.

The workshop is organized within the framework of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which Nepal ratified in 2010. Intangible cultural heritage includes oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.


The workshop will focus on the importance of communities and groups in intangible heritage safeguarding. By putting emphasis on living heritage performed by people, it contributes to the promotion of creativity and diversity in society.

The event is the second of a series of capacity building workshops for the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was adopted in 2003 by UNESCO’s General Conference.

The first workshop held in Kathmandu in April 2012 mainly focused on key definitions, principles, objectives and requirements of the Convention to meet its obligation by Nepal as a State Party. The next events to follow in the series are continuation of an inventory project with selected community and elaborating nominations to the ICH List planned within 2013.

The workshop is a part of the regional capacity building project “Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage through the Strengthening of National Capacities in Asia and the Pacific” funded by the Government of Japan within the framework of UNESCO’s global capacity-building strategy for the implementation of the 2003 Convention.

Nepal is among the eight countries in Asia and the Pacific to participate in this initiative. Other countries in the region participating are Bhutan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Nipuna Shrestha

Culture Unit

UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Tel: +977 1 555 4396, Ext: 26

Fax: +977 1 555 4450

Email: s.nipuna(at)unesco.org


Kathmandu, 18 January 2013

Press Release UNESCO/KAT 01/2013

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