© Marina Calvo
29 January 2014

The locality of Matmata, Tunisia, is hosting its first training workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage from 27 to 31 January 2014. This workshop, organised by the UNESCO Rabat Office thanks to a generous contribution from Norway to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, is part of a larger project also involving Morocco and Mauritania.

The training will be jointly led by Mr Ahmed Skounti (Morocco) and Mr Mohamed Ould Mohamed Lemine Beijeu (Mauritania) both UNESCO facilitators in the field of intangible heritage, and will be attended by around twenty participants including officials from the Ministry of Culture, NGOs, and representatives of the local communities concerned.

The primary aim of this activity is to ensure that the key concepts of the Convention are well understood and integrated by the various stakeholders for the safeguarding of the living heritage of Tunisia; it will be followed by a series of other targeted activities over the coming months, in particular on inventories, the revision of legal and institutional frameworks on intangible heritage, and the preparation of nominations.