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ICOMOS India (NE) and ICICH Hold Webinar, “Bihu : An Agrarian Festival of Assam”

On 20 September, 2020, ICOMOS India (North East Zone) in association with ICICH hosted the webinar on “Bihu: An Agrarian Festival of Assam.” Highlights of the webinar included the following presentations:

The event was covered in an article published by the Assam Tribune.


View examples of the intangible heritage related to the festival:

Celebration of the Kati Bihu festival of Assam at the Auniati Sattrat, Majuli, 17 October 2020. Photographs by Samiran Goswai

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Webinar on The Wheel Chart of Sustainability and ICH – 5 November

Thursday 5th November 2020, 14:00-16:00 Helsinki time on ZOOM

Organized by the Finnish Heritage Agency

What does sustainable development mean in practice? How can it be better taken into account while working with living traditions? What can I and my organization do more for a better world?

Learn more about the relation of sustainable development and living heritage. You will also learn how to use the wheel chart in your own work.

The workshop is in English, it is free and open for all. It is intended for anyone working in the field of culture, for NGOs, museums, researchers, educators, government organisations, entrepreneurs…

Learn more and print out your own Wheel Chart from our website.

Register by the 29th Oct the latest to receive the link to participate:

La Finnish Heritage Agency organise un atelier en ligne le 5 novembre 2020 après-midi, sur inscription, autour de la “Wheel Chart of Sustainability and Intangible Cultural Heritage“, support de sensibilisation et de formation aux liens entre patrimoine culturel immatériel & développement durable.

Traduit en français par le ministère de la Culture (DGP – DPRPS), l’outil peut être téléchargé en ligne

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Entrevista – Nivaldo Andrade, Antonio Arantes e Leonardo Castriota, sobre o primeiro ano de existência do Fórum de Entidades em Defesa do Patrimônio Cultural Brasileiro

Há um ano, em 10 de outubro de 2019, foi criado o Fórum de Entidades em Defesa do Patrimônio Cultural Brasileiro. O momento era o da realização do 21º Congresso Brasileiro de Arquitetos, em Porto Alegre, e o contexto era o de repúdio às investidas do Governo Federal contra o IPHAN, o Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional, sobretudo a partir de 2016 e na forma da exoneração de técnicos experientes e da substituição de muitos dos seus 27 Superintendentes por pessoas desqualificadas na área. Fato que culminou com a nomeação de Larissa Peixoto, graduada em Turismo e Hotelaria, para a presidência do instituto em maio de 2020, precedida pela exoneração em dezembro de 2019 da presidente Kátia Bogéa, que por 30 anos havia sido Superintendente do IPHAN no Maranhão. Com a extinção do Ministério da Cultura, em janeiro de 2019, o IPHAN passou a ser vinculado ao Ministério do Turismo.

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Symbolic Use of Domestic Space in the Upper Svanetian (Georgia). Vernacular House

Upper Svaneti (Georgia) is a territory in almost permanent isolation amid the Caucasus mountain range. This strategic position, along with the military nature of its settlements made its defence so effective that Svaneti served as Georgia`s safehouse, protecting its chief historical and religious relics in times of crisis. This isolation also ensured the preservation of archaic cultural traditions and ancient rituals, such as animal sacrifices, ritual shaving and blood feuds, establishing what is known as popular religion. Some of these rituals, mainly those performed by women, take place in the domestic space. This paper, developed under the scope of the 3DPast project, aims to interpret the symbolic use of space in vernacular houses of Upper Svaneti. The methodological strategy combines architectonic survey with documental analysis and brings forward an interpretation of this vernacular house from a space anthropology perspective. The traditional svanetian house (machubi), is composed of a single volume, of rough quadrangular plan. The ground floor (machub) houses, during winter, the family and the cattle, while the upper floor (darbazi) was mostly used as the family residence during warmer periods. This analysis will focus specifically on the machub, where there are traces of the symbolic use of domestic space. The machub is composed of a single space with a central fireplace. This element is the axis of segmentation of female and male spaces inside the house. The present paper will address this gender-differentiated symbolic use of the domestic space through the scope of anthropology and of the Svanetian history.

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Novas proxémias de valores comunitários

Estes momentos de confinamento obrigatório, aos quais a nossa vida social foi submetida, proporcionaram uma experiência única para se refletir sobre o papel da arquitetura na vida individual e comunitária. A arquitetura é uma das principais profissões responsáveis pela construção dos edifícios nos quais ficamos confinados, bem como pelos diferentes ambientes que definem o espaço construído. Os nossos projetos podem exercer uma clara influência nas relações humanas, pois somos um dos principais agentes dos cenários em que o nosso quotidiano ocorre. Como referido por Durkheim, a arquitetura é um facto social material, ou seja, pode ser a petrificação de um momento cultural. …

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Online debate “Food and Cultural Heritage: an EU Policy Perspective”

In the frame of the “Food is Culture” cooperation project co-funded by the EU Creative Europe programme, Europa Nostra – the European Voice of Civil Society committed to cultural heritage – and Slow Food – the international movement to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions – released  an EU policy brief on Food & Cultural Heritage ahead of World Food Day on 16 October.   

Policy brief

Executive Summary 


The policy brief on Food & Cultural Heritage will be presented on the occasion of the online debateFood and Cultural Heritage: an EU Policy Perspective” on Tuesday 17 November from 11:00 to 13:00 CET, taking place in the frame of Slow Food’s Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2020

The debate will include a presentation of the art exhibition “What you didn’t know existed. Endangered food from around the world“, which is now available online after having been presented in several cities across Europe. This multimedia artwork aims at raising the public awareness of the richness of our food heritage, which embodies our shared European values, but is also often at risk of disappearing. 


The Food is Culture project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, with the contribution of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo. It is led by Slow Food with its partners Europa Nostra, Kinookus, Nova Iskra Creative Hub, and Transpond AB.  

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The Green Colour of Paradisal Garden and Metaphoric Water: A Divine Gift and Promise from Allah to His People in the Islamic Religion and Environment

Water is the origin of life and the basis on earth. It is deep-rooted as the religion to purify the human soul. In Islam, it makes Muslims feel grateful to Allah as divine generosity. The Court of the Lion in Alhambra elaborates the Koranic verse of “Gardens underneath which rivers flow”. Channels and pools were developed for visual beauty and incorporated into sophisticated building schemes. Water is a complement to the nature in architecture, conveying a sense of repose and freshness. It creates openness and breadth to the enclosed spaces. Moreover, the beautiful nature is Allah’s sign which Muslims contemplate on them. Garden is the space of this meditation and an earthly reflection of Paradise. It is the perfect state of the world. A question arises: what signifies the notion of Paradise? It is a green colour, a linguistic-visual sign. In semiotics, Saussure (1959) divides linguistic signs to the signifier and the signified – a concept or meanings by the signifier. Various meanings are a result of arbitrary relationships between the two factors, caused by perceptions, emotions, and interpretations. This paper focuses on the semiotics of the green colour, to manifest the paradisal garden and metaphoric water in the Islamic religion and environment.

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Basic principles and tips for 3D digitisation of cultural heritage published

The Expert Group on Digital Cultural Heritage and Europeana was tasked by the member states of the European Commission to contribute to the development of guidelines on 3D cultural heritage assets. The resulting list of basic principles and tips for 3D digitisation of tangible cultural heritage contains 10 basic principles and a number of tips for each of them geared toward cultural heritage professionals, institutions and regional authorities in charge of Europe’s precious cultural heritage.

Read the guidelines online

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La autenticidad del Tendido de Cristos

En un mundo en el que la información se transmite cada vez con mayor velocidad, es casi imposible distinguir con facilidad entre lo auténtico y lo falso. Noticias falsas, popularmente conocidas con el anglicismo de fakenews, abundan y son tomadas por ciertas por las masas ansiosas por un mundo exótico y exuberante que sirva de contrapeso a lo vano de su vida cotidiana.

Lo mismo ocurre con el patrimonio cultural en general y todavía más con el patrimonio cultural inmaterial. No es fácil distinguir entre lo falso y lo auténtico pues cada día son más las “tradiciones” inventadas para ser un producto turístico al alcance de los interesados. Es por eso que este artículo tiene como objetivo analizar a la luz de la teoría de la conservación el valor de la autenticidad en el Tendido de Cristos de San Martín de Hidalgo, insigne muestra del patrimonio cultural inmaterial en México.

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Human rights and heritage management online workshop

Our Common Dignity Initiative x ICOMOS Brazil

Our Common Dignity Initiative, together with ICOMOS Brazil, are looking forward to offering a week-long workshop on Human Rights and Heritage Management where we focus on what can be considered the two most difficult aspects of human rights theory: 

  1. how do we understand “culture” and
  2. how can we deal with the fact that some rights are group-based or collective and others are individual? How can we balance conflicts between the rights of different communities?

To submit your application, you must submit a summary in which you address a specific issue or problem in your own work that seems to involve human rights and which you suspect can be better managed or resolved by being more human rights conscious. How has it been addressed historically and what is the current management approach? 

Send your short report to by 30 October 2020. Summaries related to the workshop proposal will be selected. 

The workshop will be held in Spanish from 9am to 5pm (-3 UTC), in online format. There is a limit of 25 participants. The target audience is researchers, professionals and managers of cultural heritage. The online format allows the admission of applicants from anywhere.

9 November – 13 November
9am – 5pm (-3 UTC)


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