07.12.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

Azerbaïdjan to host next year’s meeting of the Intergovernmental Intangible Cultural Committee

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The city of Baku will host the next session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in December 2013, the 10th anniversary of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 2003.

The city was chosen at the close of the 7th session of the Committee, which met at UNESCO Headquarters from 3 to 7 December.

During the session, the Committee added four new elements to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and 27 elements to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It also added two new inscriptions to the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices.

The following were added to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding:

·         Earthenware pottery-making skills in Botswana’s Kgatleng District

·         Noken multifunctional knotted or woven bag, handcraft of the people of Papua, Indonesia

·         Ala-kiyiz and Shyrdak, art of Kyrgyz traditional felt carpets, Kyrgyzstan

·         Bigwala, gourd trumpet music and dance of the Busoga Kingdom in Uganda


Elements added to the Representative List:

·         Rites and craftsmanship associated with the wedding costume tradition of Tlemcen, Algeria,

·         Performance of the Armenian epic of 'Daredevils of Sassoun' or 'David of Sassoun', Armenia

·         Schemenlaufen, the carnival of Imst, Austria

·         Craftsmanship and performance art of the Tar, a long-necked string musical instrument, Azerbaijan

·         Marches of Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse, Belgium

·         Ichapekene Piesta, the biggest festival of San Ignacio de Moxos, Bolivia

·         Frevo, performing arts of the Carnival of Recife, Brazil

·         Festival of Saint Francis of Assisi, Quidbó, Colombia

·         Klapa multipart singing of Dalmatia, southern Croatia

·         Traditional weaving of the Ecuadorian toquilla straw hat, Ecuador

·         Fest-Noz, festive gathering based on the collective practice of traditional dances of Brittany, France

·         Folk art of the Matyó, embroidery of a traditional community, Hungary

·         Buddhist chanting of Ladakh: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India

·         Qālišuyān rituals of Mašhad-e Ardehāl in Kāšān, Iran

·         Traditional violin craftsmanship in Cremona, Italy

·         Nachi no Dengaku, a religious performing art held at the Nachi fire festival, Japan

·         Cherry festival in Sefrou,Morocco

·         Cultural practices and expressions linked to the balafon of the Senufo communities of Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire, Mali – Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire

·         Al ‘azi, elegy, processional march and poetry, Oman

·         Arirang, lyrical folk song in the Republic of Korea

·         Craftsmanship of Horezu ceramics, Romania

·         Fiesta of the patios in Cordova, Spain

·         Mesir Macunu festival, Turkey

·         Falconry, a living human heritage, United Arab Emirates - Austria - Belgium - Czech Republic - France - Hungary - Republic of Korea - Mongolia - Morocco - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - Spain - Syrian Arab Republic

·         Al-Taghrooda, traditional Bedouin chanted poetry in the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman

·         Venezuela's Dancing Devils of Corpus Christi

·         Worship of Hùng kings in Phú Tho, Vient Nam


Two inscriptions were also added to the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices:

·         Strategy for training coming generations of Fujian puppetry practitioners, China

·         The Centre for Indigenous Arts and its contribution to safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of the Totonac people of Veracruz, Mexico

Nearly 800 delegates attended the session and examined periodic reports submitted by 16 States Parties to the Convention concerning legislative, regulatory, institutional or other measures for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and the impact of inscription on the Representative List. The Committee also granted four international assistance requests totalling US$ 660,000 during the session.

The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding now totals 31 elements and the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity now numbers 257 elements. The Register of Best Safeguarding Practices numbers ten programmes.


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