On 28 October, 2020, the UNESCO Office in Quito held an online resiliart debate on the topic of ‘Re (ex) sistence in the face of the crisis: ethno-education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and intangible cultural heritage of Afro-descendant communities in the context of the pandemic in Latin America’.
The recording of the debate can be found online at: https://www.facebook.com/UNESCOQuito/videos/793823724495014/
Online training (Arabia Saudita)
After the previous three workshops in Bishkek (2017), Almaty (2018) and Tashkent (2019), this fourth ICH Training of Trainers for Central Asia is held online from 24 to 28 August 2020. Co-organized by UNESCO and the International Training Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (CRIHAP), it is an opportunity for participants from four Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) to deepen their knowledge about the 2003 Convention and strengthen capacities around several themes, including living heritage in the context of emergencies, as well as the mechanisms of international cooperation foreseen under the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Online meeting (-)
Co-organized by ICHCAP and the UNESCO Bangkok Office, participants and speakers hope to have a deeper engagement with ideas of building cooperation and networking initiatives among higher education institutions for ICH safeguarding from founded regional networks in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. This session is a continuation of our efforts to have a better understanding of the integration between intangible cultural heritage and higher education, which visibly faces more challenges at the present time as the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated measures directly affecting the operations of educational institutions all over the world such as school closure, instruction through online means, and disruption of research field work and other related activities.
The third session of the ICH Webinar Series primarily aims to examine the state of networking activities in different regions around the world, how networks were formed, how they operate and contribute to research and teaching about ICH, its safeguarding and transmission. These important concerns will be addressed by experts and representatives of now-established collaborative efforts based in four continents of the world, anticipated to edify notions of cultural diversity, different methods of solidifying connections for heritage protection, and academic unity in ensuring that living heritage is significantly a part of 21st century knowledge production.
Speakers include Dr. Christina Ortega Nuere (Former President of the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy), Dr. Jacob Mapara (Professor, Chinhoyi University of Technology), Prof. Mónica Guariglio (Coordinator, Network of Academic Cooperation in ICH of Latin America and the Caribbean) and Dr. Montira Horayangura Unakul (Cultural Officer, UNESCO Bangkok Office). Dr. Tim Curtis of UNESCO Headquarters and Director-General Adriana Molano Arenas of the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of ICH of Latin America will formally open the session.
Session III will ascertain the im
Reunión en línea (República de Corea)
The inaugural session of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Webinar Series was held on 18 June 2020, centering on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on living heritage in the Asia-Pacific region. Co-organized by ICHCAP and the UNESCO Bangkok Office, the first session featured presentations that addressed how the pandemic unsettled the transmission of ICH, particularly the involvement of communities, groups, and individuals in ICH safeguarding activities. Significantly, the first session looked into the possible roles ICH might take in a crisis—a crucial understanding of living heritage especially in imagining the future that is indubitably defined by the challenging measures the pandemic has brought upon us. Delving deeper into the impacts of the pandemic on heritage with the state of higher education in mind, the second session of the webinar series is intentioned to look into the teaching of heritage-related disciplines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The incalculable damages the pandemic has had on cultural tourism and heritage conservation practices—with the Luang Prabang World Heritage in Laos, Borobodur in Indonesia, and other important sites of tangible heritage in Asia on lockdown for months—have crisp implications on the link between heritage education and economic development, the study of professional heritage conservation and risk assessment, as well as site management and policies that also consider the livelihood of communities related to specific tangible heritage sites. The harsh effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are strikingly visible in universities, too. In the Republic of Korea and China, academic gatherings have been cancelled, with the drastic change being instruction largely served through online platforms. In this survey of universities with academic programs related to living heritage, these two East Asian countries have university degrees that solely focus on ICH. Meanwhile, with varied border closure,
Reunión en línea (-)
The 14th annual meeting of the South-East European Expert Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place on 26 June 2020, in a virtual modality due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 emergency.
The 2020 workshop is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to 1) share knowledge and experiences on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, as well as on related responses from relevant actors in the region; and 2) stimulate critical thinking and inspire action with regard to ICH safeguarding in Covid-19 times, beyond the current emergency period.
The meeting is organized by UNESCO through the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, in cooperation with the UNESCO Culture Sector – Living Heritage Entity, with the support of the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe (Category 2 Centre operating under the auspices of UNESCO, based in Sofia, Bulgaria).
Virtual meeting (-)
The Workshop on Cooperation and International Assistance in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage (22-23 June 2020) is one of the activities planned under the project “Strengthening capacities for the effective implementation of the 2003 Convention of the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Lebanon”, funded by the Government of Japan.