Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention
Music, dance, theatre, story-telling, or rituals and festive events, handicrafts making and traditional knowledge on medicine, house making, farming and water irrigation. South-Asia is replete with intangible cultural heritage that betray peoples ingenuity nurtured over several generations. Such traditional expressions and wisdom are not only the source of enjoyment but are also contributing to sustainable living and well-being of many communities.
UNESCO New Delhi Culture Sector encourages the countries in South Asia to develop a suitable policy and strategy to transmit their rich traditional expressions to the future generation through the implementation of UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention in South Asia:
- India ratified the Convention in 2005 and has 11 elements in the Representative List. It is a member of the ICH Committee since 2014 for a duration of 4 years.
- Bhutan ratified the Convention in 2005 and has 1 element in the Representative List.
- Sri Lanka is Member State to the Convention since 2008.
- Maldives has not yet ratified the Convention.
(Data as of July 2015)
News on our Activities
- 07.05.15 - Moving towards an inventory of intangible cultural heritage for Goa
- 13.01.15 - Workshop on UNESCO’s 2003 Convention on Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
- 04.11.14 - Session on ‘Use of ICT for artisans and artists in rural India’
- 18.09.14 - IRCI-UNESCO mission to Colombo (Sri Lanka)
- 22.08.14 - First National Expert Meeting on a draft Bhutanese National Law on Intangible Cultural Heritage
- 30.06.14 - Survey of Endangered Traditional Craft in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka
- 30.03.14 - Sri Lanka and Bhutan completed the Capacity Building Training Program on Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH
- 30.04.13 - Strengthening Capacities for Implementing the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Community Based Inventory Workshop in Sri Lanka and Bhutan
- 30.04.13 Explore the potentials of ‘Art for Life’: New Delhi Culture Sector signs Partnership Agreement with Contact Base
- 15.04.13 - Strengthening Bhutan’s capacities for implementing the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage