Benefitting country(ies): Saint Kitts and Nevis
This is a two-year project based on a series of consultations with traditional and knowledge bearers and communities, groups and individuals about opportunities and challenges in the practice of their living heritage. The primary objective is the development of a National Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Policy, which was recognized in the consultations as fundamental to safeguarding living heritage and fostering cultural identity and social cohesion. The policy outlines principles, goals and strategies to support the safeguarding of living heritage, including those expressions related to livelihoods and sustainable development. The project entails: mobilizing the communities concerned to help develop the policy; actively engaging government officials, ministries and departments directly and indirectly concerned with culture; promoting a more deliberate implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage; examining and potentially amending and creating legislation; and spreading awareness of the challenges and barriers faced by those who rely on ICH for their livelihoods. The project is being implemented by the Department of Culture – Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, with support from the Nevis Cultural Development Foundation and Living Heritage Secretariats, with the service from the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean in Kingston.
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