Benefitting country(ies): Colombia
The proposed fourteen-month project, to be implemented by the Fundación Circulo de Profesionales del Arpa y su Música, is aimed at building capacities of communities and relevant stakeholders in the management of intangible cultural heritage in the departments of Arauca and Casanare, in the Orinoco region of Colombia. The overall objective is to ensure that the different social and institutional actors present in the territories can autonomously generate strategies to safeguard their living heritage. The regions were selected on account both of their cultural diversity and of the alarming levels of institutional weakness they present when it comes to managing their living heritage. This situation is partially explained by the complexities of dealing with such geographically extensive, diverse territories and the long-term impact of the internal armed conflict. In this context, the proposed project is in response to repeated requests by the communities themselves who, together with the local authorities and public officials, have expressed the need to acquire the necessary skills to handle the different tools available for safeguarding their living heritage. To this end, the project – based on a fully participatory methodology – will seek to build capacities through face-to-face workshops on management, public policy and regulations surrounding intangible cultural heritage, with a special focus on methodologies for safeguarding it in a comprehensive manner.