Over the past few years, UNESCO has been leading the initiative to develop new strategies for integrating culture and creativity in urban contexts. Together with its partners, UNESCO supports advocacy, builds and disseminates knowledge and develops the necessary evidence base to promote culture-engaged, people centered urban development models.
The project ‘Intangible heritage and creativity for sustainable cities’ aims to promote the role of culture in sustainable urban development, and more specifically, address the role that living heritage and creativity can play in building sustainable cities.
The Living Heritage Entity is implementing its first component titled” Community-based inventorying of intangible heritage in urban areas” with the objectives to:
- Identify and better understand the key issues related to intangible heritage safeguarding in urban contexts;
- develop appropriate inventory methodologies and materials for urban contexts, and
- formulate possible recommendations for policymakers and practitioners.
Pilot projects on inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in urban contexts will be conducted in nine selected cities from different regions of the world. They will in particular focus on identifying living heritage practices, which are based on economic mechanisms and that are key to sustainable development of the communities, such as traditional crafts, performing arts as well as construction-related practices and traditional occupations.
Accompanied by UNESCO trained facilitators, the trained communities will conduct pilot inventories over a period of about 4-6 months to test the existing methodologies of community-based inventorying in urban contexts, and thereby develop their capacity to continue this work in the future.
The first phase was launched in October 2018, with the group of pilot cities involving communities in George Town (Malaysia), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Kingston (Jamaica).
News and activities:
- 2018-10-22 – UNESCO to explore the role of living heritage in the cities of George Town (Malaysia), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Kingston (Jamaica)
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