Jamaica to host 15th session of Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee

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Bogota 14 December-The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Saturday ended its 14th session which took place in the Colombian capital under the Chair María Claudia López Sorzano. The Committee adopted guidelines for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in emergency situations such as conflict and disaster (both natural and human-induced).

The guidelines build on the research and experience acquired by UNESCO in recent years, including among Syrian refugees, internally displaced populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and disaster risk reduction strategies in the Pacific Islands.

During the last day of the session, the Committee decided that its 15th session will be held in Kingston under the chair of Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, from 30 November to 5 December.

The Committee also inscribed five elements on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and 35 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Committee also added two projects to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices and allotted US$387,770 from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund to the Burkina Faso’s Capacity building for stakeholders involved in safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage in Burkina Faso.

For the first time, the Intergovernmental Committee removed one element from the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The session which brought together more than 1,000 participants was opened on 9 December by President Iván Duque Márquez of Colombia and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

Additions to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding:

Spring rite of Juraŭski Karahod, Belarus

Seperu folkdance and associated practices, Botswana

Rituals and practices associated with Kit Mikayi shrine, Kenya

Sega tambour Chagos, Mauritius,

Buklog, thanksgiving ritual system of the Subanen, Philippines,

The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding features elements of living heritage whose viability is under threat. It mobilizes international cooperation and assistance to strengthen the transmission of these cultural practices, in agreement with the concerned communities.

Additions to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity:

Armenian letter art and its cultural expressions, Armenia

Transhumance, the seasonal droving of livestock along migratory routes in the Mediterranean and in the Alps, Austria, Greece, Italy

Date palm, knowledge, skills, traditions and practices, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Ommegang of Brussels, an annual historical procession and popular festival, Belgium

The festival of the Santísima Trinidad del Señor Jesús del Gran Poder in the city of La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Cultural Complex of Bumba-meu-boi from Maranhão, Brazil

Morna, musical practice of Cabo Verde, Cabo Verde

Byzantine chant, Cyprus, Greece

Music and dance of Dominican Bachata, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic

Ethiopian epiphany, Ethiopia

Alpinism, France; Italy, Switzerland

Traditions of Pencak Silat, Indonesia

Provision of services and hospitality during the Arba’in visitation, Iraq

Irish harping, Ireland

Celestinian forgiveness celebration, Italy

Ak-kalpak craftsmanship, traditional knowledge and skills in making and wearing Kyrgyz men’s headwear, Kyrgyzstan

Traditional skills of crafting and playing Dotār, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Artisanal talavera of Puebla and Tlaxcala (Mexico) and ceramics of Talavera de la Reina and El Puente del Arzobispo (Spain) making process, Mexico, Spain

Silat, Malaysia

Traditional technique of making Airag in Khokhuur and its associated customs, Mongolia

Gnawa, Morocco

Kwagh-Hir theatrical performance, Nigeria

Practice of traditional music and dance in Setesdal, playing, dancing and singing (stev/stevjing), Norway

‘Hatajo de Negritos’ and ‘Hatajo de Pallitas’ from the Peruvian south-central coastline, Peru

Winter festivities, Carnival of Podence, Portugal

‘Ie Samoa, fine mat and its cultural value, Samoa

Drotárstvo, wire craft and art, Slovakia

Holy Week processions in Mendrisio, Switzerland

Nuad Thai, traditional Thai massage, Thailand

Traditional Turkish archery, Turkey

Practices and craftsmanship associated with the Damascene rose in Al-Mrah, Syrian Arab Republic

Traditional turkmen carpet making art in Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan

Tradition of Kosiv painted ceramics, Ukraine

Khorazm dance, Lazgi, Uzbekistan

Practices of Then by Tày, Nùng and Thái ethnic groups in Viet Nam,Viet Nam

The Representative List seeks to enhance visibility for the traditional practices and know-how of communities.

Additions to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices:

Safeguarding strategy of traditional crafts for peace building, Colombia

Biocultural programme for the safeguarding of the tradition of the Blessed Palm in Venezuela, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

The Register of Good Safeguarding Practices allows States Parties, communities and other stakeholders to share successful safeguarding experiences and examples of how they surmounted challenges faced in the transmission of their living heritage, its knowledge and practice to the future generation. These methods and approaches should be useful as lessons and models that can be adapted to other circumstances, including those in developing countries.

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