Identification, definition and inventory of the intangible cultural heritage in the Cuban province of Guantánamo

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 65,745 granted in 2017
  • Dates of implementation:
    • not yet under implementation
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Cuba

Overview:

As part of a long-term national strategy for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cuba, the project aims at identifying, defining and inventorying the intangible cultural heritage present in Guantanamo, the easternmost province of the country. Far from the large urban centres, Guantanamo is one of the least socially and economically developed provinces in the country, hampering communication with and access to many communities compared to other parts of the country. Thus, in spite of several initiatives undertaken by the National Council for Cultural Heritage in relation to the intangible cultural heritage of the province, the information contained in the Council’s Automated Inventory System on Cuban Cultural Heritage about this territory is practically non-existent. This is coupled with a lack of trained personnel, financial resources and the necessary equipment to support communities in carrying out participatory inventories of their intangible cultural heritage. As the implementing organization, the National Council for Cultural Heritage will carry out a series of activities together with the Provincial Centre of Houses of Culture. These will start with an initial meeting to present the project objectives to the provincial administration and civil society and will continue with training in participatory inventory methods and fieldwork in ten municipalities. The project is expected to help assess the degree of viability of a number of local intangible cultural heritage elements and identify appropriate safeguarding measures.

News and activities:

04/08/2016 - 30/06/2017 – Inventorying of the music and dance of the Lozi and Nkoya people of Kaoma District24/05/2017 - 24/05/2017 – Revitalization of the female chants of Taroudant