Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 14.COM 9.A.1

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/19/14.COM/9.a Rev.,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decisions 5.COM 5.4 and 10.COM 6.b.1,
  3. Expresses its thanks to Croatia for submitting, on time, its second report on the status of the element ‘Ojkanje singing’, inscribed in 2010 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the continued efforts undertaken by Croatia to safeguard the element, especially by enhancing transmission processes and creating favourable conditions in that regard, raising awareness among communities, involving cultural associations and folklore societies in capacity-building workshops, supporting the organization of festivals, encouraging cooperation between bearers, and attracting young practitioners to Ojkanje singing;
  5. Invites the State Party to pursue its efforts to make the practice relevant in the local context by ensuring greater involvement by communities and practitioners, both men and women, in workshops and festivals organized by cultural associations, encouraging further cooperation between practitioners and finding appropriate ways and means to promote direct traditional learning;
  6. Further invites the State Party to pursue its efforts to establish an Ojkanje singing centre and to report on it in its next report;
  7. Encourages the State Party to continue regularly monitoring the element and to pay particular attention to the continued participation of bearers in the transmission activities undertaken by the cultural associations and folklore societies;
  8. Recalls the importance of assessing the role of tourism entities in promoting the element and performances of Ojkanje singing in order to avoid the potential commodification or denaturation of the element;
  9. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2022 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.