Workshop on Community-based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Papua New Guinea

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A Workshop on Community-based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) will be held at the Pacific Gardens Hotel in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, in Papua New Guinea from 22 to 27 October 2012.

PNG is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world with some 800 languages sopken by a population of over 6 million. Its village life is marked by rituals and diverse traditional cultural expressions which have specific meanings to local communities.

As state party to the ICH Convention since 2008, PNG has been actively engaged in the ICH safeguarding by strengthening ICH safeguarding measures. One of such measures is a cultural mapping pilot project launched by PNG National Cultural Commission (NCC) in 2009. This exercise aims at developing a methodological framework for ICH documentation with the participation of communities.

The Workshop to be held in Goroka will be the 2nd workshop hosted by PNG within the framework of UNESCO's regional capacity building programme. It bring together some 50 participants ranging from professionals or senior level officers responsible for ICH safeguarding at national and provincial levels, NGOs, community-based organisations, faith-based organisations, to ICH custodians and communities. They will have a chance to learn good practice in community-based ICH inventorying which will support the above pilot project.

The Workshop will focus; i) community involvement in inventorying cultural resources, ii) importance of cultural protocol in community-based inventorying, iii) a hands-on experience in preparing field work.

This Workshop will be held with financial assistance under the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 22.10.2012 08:00 local time
End 27.10.2012 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Takahashi, Akatsuki
Organizer PNG National Cultural Commission
Contact Dr Jacob Simet/
Country Papua New Guinea
City Goroka
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 30
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