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Inscribed in 2010 (5.COM) on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

© 2009 by ICH Protection and Research Centre, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China :

Found among the Uygur people concentrated largely in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Meshrep constitutes the most important cultural carrier of Uygur traditions. A complete Meshrep event includes a rich collection of traditions and performance arts, such as music, dance, drama, folk arts, acrobatics, oral literature, foodways and games. Uygur muqam is the most comprehensive art form included in the event, integrating song, dance and entertainment. Meshrep functions both as a ‘court’, where the host mediates conflicts and ensures the preservation of moral standards, and as a ‘classroom’, where people can learn about their traditional customs. Meshrep is mainly transmitted and inherited by hosts who understand its customs and cultural connotations, by the virtuoso performers who participate, and by all the Uygur people who attend. However, there are numerous factors endangering its viability, such as social changes resulting from urbanization and industrialization, the influence of national and foreign cultures, and the migration of young Uygur to cities for work. Frequency of occurrence and the number of participants are progressively diminishing, while the number of transmitters who understand the traditional rules and rich content of the event has sharply decreased from hundreds to tens.

Periodic reporting

559Name of State Party
560Date of deposit of the instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession
561Name of element
562Inscribed in
563Reporting period covered by this report
564Other elements inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List, if any
565Executive summary of the report
566Title (Ms/Mr, etc.)
567Family name
568Given name
571Telephone number
670Fax number
572E-mail address
573Other relevant information
574Social and cultural functions
575Assessment of its viability and current risks
576Objectives and results
577Safeguarding activities
578Participation of communities, groups or individuals in the safeguarding activities
579Timetable and budget
580Overall effectiveness of the safeguarding activities
582Community participation
583Institutional context
584Participation of communities in preparing this report