UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in cooperation with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage Tourism and Handicrafts and the Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia under the Auspices of UNESCO (Tehran ICH Centre) organized the second round of Community-based Intangible Cultural Heritage Capacity-Building Workshop in Yazd, I.R. of Iran from 6 to 11 October 2017.
Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is manifested inter alia in the following domains: oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage; performing arts, including traditional theatre, puppertiery, and passion play; social practices, rituals and festive events; traditional knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and traditional craftsmanship.
The 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage seeks to safeguard the intangible heritage of humanity; ensure respect for it; raise awareness of the importance of the ICH and ensure mutual appreciation thereof; and provide for international cooperation and assistance. Article 15 of the Convention says: “Within the framework of its safeguarding activities of the intangible cultural heritage, each State Party shall endeavour to ensure the widest possible participation of communities, groups and, where appropriate, individuals that create, maintain and transmit such heritage, and to involve them actively in its management.”
The workshop was opened by the remarks of the Director General of the provincial office of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage Tourism and Handicrafts in Yazd. He referred to Yazd Province as a very proper place for holding this workshop as the Province contains lots of intangible cultural elements.
“In an increasingly globalized world, I think it is more crucial than ever before to highlight, promote and celebrate the importance of our global cultural diversity.” Said Ms Mohegh while delivering the message of Mr Cvetan Cvetkovski.
The six-day workshop focuses on the documentation and inventorying along with group works and field visits. The workshop is being facilitated by Mr. Rahul Goswami from India who is a very renowned person in this field.
I.R. of Iran currently has 13 elements registered on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage and 1,065 elements registered on the national list.
For more information on Intangible Cultural Heritage, please see:
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- Iran hosted the 6th Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee Meeting of the Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads
- Representatives of nine countries attended the “Regional Meeting for the Identification and Exchange of Documentary Heritage” held in Tehran
- 18 August 2019 - UNESCO Participates in the 2019 International Youth Day Celebration
- 18 August 2019 - UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in collaboration with the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) concluded the “World Heritage Specialist Guide Training Program” in Iran