Watch past webinars on living heritage and the COVID-19 pandemic
- 14th annual meeting of the South-East European Expert Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage (26 June 2020)
- La résilience des artistes et acteurs culturels de la sous-région Afrique centrale face aux crises (19 June 2020)
- Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the COVID-19 in the Asia-Pacific Region (18 June 2020)
- ‘New Paradigms on Rural Cultural Industries’ (18 June 2020)
- Webinar #6 for Latin America. Culture and education: Harnessing the power of culture in times of crisis (4 June 2020)
- ‘UNESCO and Cultural Heritage’ (18 May 2020)
The following images provide a snapshot of experiences from around the world that have been collected as part of UNESCO’s survey on living heritage experiences and the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Traditional artists Venuca Evanan, Violeta Quispe Yupari and her mother Gaudencia Yupari have developed over the last few weeks a prototype mask that contains traditional designs based on the heritage of the Ayacucho region.
- Children beat drums from rooftops as part of tamboradas celebrations in Hellin, Spain, April 2020, which took place from homes this year rather than on the streets.
- The Generalitat of Valencia postponed the celebration of Las Fallas Festival 2020 traditionally celebrated in March over coronavirus prevention. Spain, 12 March 2020.
- The procession of Za Krizen (‘following the cross’) on the island of Hvar, Croatia, took place this year with a drastically reduced number of spectators in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
- The video, made for UNESCO by the community of Macerata Campania and NGO Associazione Sant’Antuono & le Battuglie di Pastellessa, with simple smartphones, tells the idea that faith and culture are a lifeline while the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic puts a strain on communities with repercussions on the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage.
- “The COVID-19 pandemic took us by surprise, it affects us because the sell of our handicrafts is our main source of income, that generate daily income in each of the artisans’ homes”.
- Virpominen is performed by Finnish children on Palm Sunday to wish well to the households. This year, because of the pandemic, it has not been possible to visit other people’s homes, but other solutions have been born. Many children made video calls to family members living even far away and renewing the tradition in that way.