Following the mission of binding activity in June 2015 aims to pursue and intensify the work of training and awareness with the authorities, communities and other stakeholders for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is part of the project "Strengthening of African Portuguese speaking countries capacities for the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage" supported by the Fund of intangible cultural heritage through a contribution the Government of Norway. Contributing to the global strategy of capacity building set up in 2009, aims to strengthen the capacity of countries to effectively safeguard the intangible cultural heritage present in their territories as well as its potential for development sustainable communities.
Following a first workshop in November 2015, the National Cultural Heritage Institute of Angola (INPC), in cooperation with UNESCO, organizes a workshop on the development of community-based inventories of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The workshop addresses technical staff and stakeholders i.e. community members and bearers of the living heritage. It introduces methods to gather and adequately store information and documentation for further safeguarding action. The training will take place from 8-18 February and includes practical exercises in the community of the Island of Luanda. The pilot project should find replication in other regions of the State later on.
As part of UNESCO’s global strategy aiming to enhance national capacity for safeguarding of living heritage in the Portuguese speaking countries in Africa (PALOP), the workshop will gather some 20 Angolan participants, including stakeholders from local to national levels. With the aim to strengthen regional cooperation among PALOP countries, the training will be co-facilitated by an expert from another PALOP country who has been previously trained through the same programme. This workshop is made possible thanks to the generous contribution from the Government of Norway to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.
The regional workshop closes the capacity building project for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Portuguese Speaking African countries, funded by an earmarked contribution from Norway to the ICH-Fund. Professionals from all five PALOP countries will gather for a training on nominations and to take stock of the project’s results in order to develop a strategy for ICH safeguarding in the PALOP region. The meeting will be hosted by the Mozambican The Mozambican Institute for Socio-Cultural Research, Arquivo do Património Cultural (ARPAC), a leading institution in ICH safeguarding.
Hanoi (Viet Nam)
In collaboration with the Department of Cultural Heritage and aiming to support Viet Nam’s efforts in ICH inventorying, UNESCO will provide a training of national trainers who can later act as key persons in the inventorying of ICH in Viet Nam from 9 to 15 May 2016.
The training of trainers program will mainly employ the training material package on community-based ICH inventory prepared by UNESCO under its global strategy of capacity building. The training program has the specific objectives:
To strengthen awareness on safeguarding purpose of ICH inventorying, in line with the 2003 Convention and Law on cultural heritage;
To promote knowledge and practice of community-based approaches in ICH inventorying;
To build capacity for and establish a facility of experts, national trainers on ICH inventorying in Viet Nam.
The important objectives of ICH inventorying are to identify its values, to evaluate its viability and to propose safeguarding measures with informed consent by the local communities.
Following a seven-day training course, the participants will prepare training materials for the target localities. Depending on practical needs, they will act as national trainers in future trainings and in conducting inventories in provinces and cities.