Communities of Tajikistan learn how to inventory their rich and diverse intangible heritage

13 May 2014

Participants to the training, representing the Ministry of Culture, leading universities, libraries and museums of the country, NGOs in the field of crafts, traditional music and dance and bearers of ICH elements, will learn about the inventories under the UNESCOs Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and will strengthen practical technical skills in identifying the ICH and inventory-making.

The field activities will concentrate in rural areas close to Dushanbe and will address the traditional handicrafts, music, singing and dance performances, as well as some traditional practices. Experts of the working group established under the National ICH Committee and community members will represent all domains of the 2003 Convention.

Substantial changes that are taking place since launching the UNESCO capacity building programme in 2012 had already been reflected in the elaboration of the State Programme for Safeguarding of ICH for 2012-2015. UNESCO expects that this final training will foster activities on ICH elements inventory and the development of inventories in the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as strengthen capacities of national experts and representatives of communities bearers of ICH.

The training is organized by the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty in cooperation with the Scientific-research Institute of Culture and Information of the Ministry of Culture of Tajikistan with the support of the National Commission of Tajikistan for UNESCO with the financial contribution of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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