The ICH NGO Forum(www.ichngoforum.org) is the platform for communication, networking, exchange and cooperation for NGOs accredited by UNESCO to provide advisory services to the Intergovernmental Committee in the framework of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. It appointed the editorial group from the working group on methodologies and experiences from the Field, to share relevant information among NGOs in the world, more regularly. As a result, #Heritage Alive was created and as a one of boards, ICCN will present you an article from heritage alive, in this section.

UNESCO mourns the death of Senegale percussionist Doudou Ndiaye Rose

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has expressed sorrow at the death of the renowned Senegalese percussionist Doudou Ndiaye Rose, designated a living human treasure in 2006

“The death of Doudou Ndiaye is a great loss to music lovers, lovers of culture and of Africa everywhere,” said the Director-General. “Doudou Ndiaye was an exceptional master of the musical tradition he inherited. With his creative genius he kept that tradition alive, made it known and transmitted it to future generation. The legacy he shared and augmented will live on and we will always remember his name with joy and gratitude”

Born in Senegal in 1930, Doudou Ndiaye transmitted his skills to members of his family, community and beyond throughout his long career, which saw him rise to become one of the most celebrated musicians of Africa.

Senegal named Ndiaye a living human treasure in line of a UNESCO programme established to raise awareness of, and promote, knowledge and mastery of cultural traditions and practices. UNESCO’s living human treasure initiative was a precursor of the Organization’s present intangible cultural heritage programme


UNESCO Director-General opens the Bulgarian National Folklore Festival

On 7 July, 2015 Irina Bokova was in Koprivshtitsa to open the 11th edition of the National Folklore Festival.

Director-General Irina Bokova with some of the performers at the 50th anniversary of the National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore in Koprivshtitsa

Held every five years since 1965, the festival has established itself as a movement for the preservation and promotion of the Bulgarian traditional culture, known today as intangible cultural heritage. Featuring thousands of performing artists from across Bulgaria and other countries in a pastoral setting in the hills above the town, the Koprivshtitsa festival is the most significant Bulgarian music event for amateur performers.

In her opening remarks, Irina Bokova, who is the patron of the festival, highlighted the importance of preserving and upholding intangible cultural heritage, and sharing valuable historical assets and cultural diversity.

“The national folk festival is a rich feast of the Bulgarian spirit, customs and traditions. Folk art contains in itself the historical experience of past generations, it is rich in symbols and notions and this why we must protect it, take it forward and share it across the world.”

The Director-Gеneral recalled the importance of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage as an instrument for dialogue and peace, as a tool for development and growth, and as a unique prism for understanding the world in order to shape it for the common good.

She commended the efforts and commitment of the Bulgarian people and Government to raise awareness about the rich Bulgarian cultural heritage and the need to promote it internationally.

Guests at the concert enjoyed the performance of almost 12,000 participants, including the female ensemble Bistritsa Grannies - archaic polyphony, dances and rituals from the Shoplouk region - relishing also the splendor of the Chiprovtsi carpets, displayed to the public on the street of crafts. Both elements, along with the fire-dancing ritual, called Nestinarstvo, are inscribed on UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

After the official opening, the Director-General toured all 7 stages to greet the singing and dancing ensembles and walked around the stands displaying a rich variety of local artifacts.