08.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

UNESCO supports community-based inventory-making of the intangible cultural heritage of Uzbekistan

© UNESCO,UNESCO supports community-based inventory-making of the intangible cultural heritage of Uzbekistan

The national workshop of “Community-based inventory-making of the intangible cultural heritage” is held in Fergana (Uzbekistan) from 8 to 15 October 2013. The workshop is organized by the UNESCO Tashkent Office in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

It is the third in a series of workshops organized in the framework of the project on “Strengthening of national capacities in the field of the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Central Asia” with support from the government of Norway.

Situated at the crossroads of civilizations, Uzbekistan boasts a number of objects and monuments, which reflect the rich history and diversity of the cultural heritage of the country. Another important aspect of the cultural diversity is manifested in the intangible cultural heritage - traditions, social practices, festive events and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts, which are recognized by communities, groups and, in some cases, persons, as part of their cultural heritage.

UNESCO’s 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage emphasizes the importance of communities’ participation in the preservation of the intangible cultural heritage, promoting links inside and between the communities, the government and other interested parties, and raising awareness and the feeling of pride about the intangible cultural heritage among members of the community, strengthening their motivation to keep these traditions alive and transfer them to the next generations.

This workshop is held in the framework of UNESCO’s global strategy to increase capacities in the preservation of intangible cultural heritage and the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The particular focus of the workshop is on community-based inventory-making of the intangible cultural heritage, including the identification of intangible cultural heritage elements according to the basic principles of the 2003 Convention. The workshop is conducted by Mr Rieks Smeets and Ms Sabira Soltongeldieva.




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