The Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia, Under the Auspices of UNESCO (Tehran ICH Centre) works towards achieving the following goals in the west and central Asian region:
- to promote the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) - known as the 2003 Convention - and its implementation in west and central Asia;
- to promote public awareness and expert capacities in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage;
- to strengthen capacities and cooperation in the region for identifying, inventorying documenting and studying Intangible Cultural Heritage to contribute to its safeguarding;
- to promote peace and friendship and synergy in the region;
The geographical area assigned to Tehran ICH Centre includes 24 countries. These countries in alphabetic order are: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, the Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
“ICH has a deep importance in the everyday lives of people of our region. This competition is aimed at raising awareness of this and at broadening the identification of ICH through the efforts of amateur/professional photographers, while also underlining the important role photography plays in the documentation of ICH.”
Subject of the Competition
Next generations (especially the youth) are central to ICH in all its forms. When ICH is transmitted - that is, the art, knowledge, skills, meanings and values are transferred from one generation to the next (the youth) - it is young people who receive and absorb it. In this way, a sense of belonging is inculcated in young people, through which the future of ICH is made viable.
Everywhere in the world, the communities that are host to ICH, the groups of practitioners and knowledge bearers, have developed their own systems for transmitting their knowledge and skills. These have usually depended on oral methods and on direct practice under guidance and instruction.
The theme of the competition, 'Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Youth', intends especially to:
* show the presence and participation of young people in intangible cultural heritage, in all its forms;
* illustrate how the transmission of ICH is carried out;
* describe the diversity of the forms of ICH - such as artistic expression, handicraft and textile, the utilisation of nature's gifts, social institutions that organise communities and knowledge;
* highlight the participation of girls and women.
- Entrants should send their competition entries through uploading them in the following address. http://www.tichct.ir/photocompetition up to 6 March 2019;
- Final winners will be announced by early April 2019, and the awards ceremony will be held with prior notice.
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