The ICOMOS International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage is established in accordance with article 14 of the Statutes of ICOMOS (adopted by the 5th General Assembly) and the Eger-Xi’an Principles for the International Scientific Committees (adopted by the 15th General Assembly).
Message from President
I welcome you to the website of the International Committee of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICICH). I trust that you find this a space to better understand this aspect of heritage as well as share your experiences of memory, story, tradition, practice, dance, song and so much more that provides cultural continuity.
ICICH was formed by ICOMOS in late 2005. It was part of a growing recognition of intangible heritage by ICOMOS, the international professional association for cultural heritage places. In 1998 ICOMOS decided to hold one of its triennial conferences on this topic of intangible heritage values and place. This was ‘Place - Memory – Meaning: Preserving intangible heritage in memorials and sites’ held in 2003 in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where many ICOMOS members shared their experience of intangible value and place [www.international.icomos.org/victoriafalls2003/index.html ].
Concurrently, UNESCO was working in this area that resulted in the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) [www.unesco.org/culture/ich/], and since then declarations and other recognition on cultural diversity and indigenous rights (UN) has occurred.
This website of the International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage is launched as a platform for an ongoing discussion on intangible cultural heritage and place—and object. It is offered to enable a comprehensive understanding of how we connect with our surroundings, how we see and relate to it, and how such meanings and associations can be shared with the wider society.
I welcome all to this site and trust that it aids a better understanding and respect of intangible cultural heritage whether urban or rural, traditional or newly emerging. Please join in and share your experiences of intangible cultural heritage around the world.
Marilyn C Truscott