21.10.2013 - UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Held in Havana Workshop on Elaboration of Nominations and Request for International Assistance on Intangible Cultural Heritage

© UNESCO Havana/José Luis Vidal.Participant from Haiti receiving the diploma. With him (from the left) Fabián Bedón, Adriana Molano and Fernando Brugman.

With the participation of more than 20 experts and specialists from the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba, the Workshop on the preparation of nomination files and requests for international assistance on Intangible Cultural Heritage was held from 7 to 11 October with facilitators Adriana Molano Arenas from Colombia and Fabián Bedón Samaniego from Ecuador.

The Workshop, which forms part of the project Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, was inaugurated by Mr Herman van Hooff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms Gladys Collazo, President of the Cuban National Cultural Heritage Council (CNPC), and Ms Alicia González, Permanent Secretary of the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO (CNCU). The opening ceremony was also attended by His Excellency John Petter Opdahl, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Cuba, a country whose generous contribution to the ICH Fund has made it possible to undertake the aforementioned project.

As the starting point for the workshop and to enable the three beneficiary countries to begin to know each other, Ms Nerva Fondeur, General Coordinator of the Deputy Ministry for Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic; Ms Ana Cristina Perera, CNPC Vice-president; and Mr Jean Erol Josué, Director General of Haiti's National Bureau of Ethnology, explained the respective situation of the intangible cultural heritage in each country, as well as the risks and difficulties involved.

The workshop, of a very participative nature, was aimed at training the participants in the elaboration of inventories and safeguarding plans as key factors in preparing the nominations and the requests for international assistance. Several exercises and mixed group work enabled a very interesting exchange of ideas, analysing the elements they have in common -and the rich cultural diversity of the Caribbean. Of special interest was the selection and presentation by the participants from each country of the possible candidates for the Urgent Safeguarding List and the Register of Best Practices.

A technical visit to the nearby municipality of Regla enabled the participants to become familiar with an artistic expression involving music and dance that contains ritual elements, kept alive for over 60 years by a group of community members (called Los Güiros de San Cristóbal), and the way they have managed to transmit this festive and ritual manifestation to the new generations, who sang and danced before the members of the Workshop.

At the closing ceremony, the participants made a highly positive assessment of the workshop and received a diploma for their participation. The closing speech was delivered by Fernando Brugman, UNESCO Programme Specialist and Culture Programme Coordinator at the Regional Office.


List of participants (AVAILABLE ONLY iN SPANISH) 

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