Spontaneous singing during festivities in Dubrova near Labin
© Ministry of Culture of Croatia, 2008
16 August 2012

Young people play a crucial role in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. UNESCO is therefore intensifying its efforts to partner with youth in the implementation of the 2003 Convention. Three sub-regional youth forums in the coming months aim to strengthen youth knowledge and safeguarding capacities through awareness-raising, dialogue and focused activities.

First on the calendar is a youth seminar being organized by the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe (a category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO) in Sofia, Bulgaria (23 to 26 September 2012). It will gather students, researchers and representatives of youth organizations in South-Eastern Europe to explore the role of youth in safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage.

A Central African Youth Forum later in the year (dates TBD) will gather young people from Congo, Chad and the Central African Republic. The Forum, financed by UNESCO, will include training on the Convention’s concepts and mechanisms and a photographic documentation exercise. The images captured by youth delegates will be shared through a network, building appreciation of young people for their own heritage and the heritage of others.

The Caribbean Youth Forum made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Bulgaria and the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, will be organized by UNESCO from 20th to 24th November 2012, at St Georges, Grenada. The Forum will include training sessions and activities on the Conventions’ concepts and mechanisms, intangible cultural heritage safeguarding, the role of youth, and team planning and reporting on an action plan for participants’ engagement in safeguarding.