28.04.2014 - UNESCO Havana/Portal of Cultur of Latin America and the Caribbean

Third Workshop for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage held in Haiti

© UNESCO Havana/T. Villegas. Standing, from left to right, Soledad Mujica, Jean Erol Josue and Emmanuell Robert, with members of the Office of Ethnology.

In the framework of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and as part of the project Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, financed by the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund thanks to the generous contribution of the Kingdom of Norway, the third training workshop took place in Haiti aimed at building local capacities for safeguarding this intrinsically living and fragile heritage. Peruvian expert Soledad Mujica, facilitator of the two previous workshops, conducted the event in collaboration with culture specialists Emmanuelle Robert, from the UNESCO Office in Haiti, and Tatiana Villegas, from the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean based in Havana.

The activity was conducted at the facilities of the National Office of Ethnology, the entity responsible for implementing said Convention in the country. Its director, Jean Erol Josue, urged participants from different regions to acquire the knowledge needed to register Haiti's important intangible cultural heritage and to make use of the existing tools in the framework of the 2003 Convention, which enable States Parties to mobilise the necessary cooperation and assistance to ensure the transmission of this heritage with the participation of the communities involved.

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