Updating of the 2009 inventory of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in Burundi with the participation of the communities

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 96,052 granted in 2020
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 05/05/2021 - 17/07/2023
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Burundi


Entrusted mainly to the General Directorate of Culture and Arts, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research through the Burundi National Commission for UNESCO, this project is aimed at updating the 2009 inventory of intangible cultural heritage in Burundi, with the participation of the communities concerned. Stemming from the expressed wishes of the communities concerned, the update will consist of systematically documenting the different elements of living heritage, establishing their degree of viability, and identifying their holders. The updated inventory shall also be enriched with elements not identified previously. To this end, data collection shall be preceded by training on the content of the 2003 Convention and on the inventorying methodology. The description of the elements and the layout of the inventory shall be improved, and itshall be published in both French and Kirundi to make it more accessible, including to its diaspora. It shall then be printed and widely distributed to the country’s main libraries, youth centers, reading and cultural centers and on relevant websites. The update shall cover the entire country and the resulting inventory is expected to be a comprehensive, practical tool.

News and activities:

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