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Call for Applications: Endangered Material Knowledge Programme

The programme offers small and large grants to document material knowledge systems that are under threat and in danger of disappearing. This includes knowledge systems associated with the making, use, repair and re-purposing of material objects, spaces, architecture, performances and environments. In order to qualify for these grants, these knowledge systems must still be actively pursued, or at least practiced within living memory of the knowledge holders. EMKP does not support work to revitalise a lost or forgotten tradition.

Small Grants can last up to one year with a maximum award of £15,000. Small Grants are intended for projects that are focused on a specific/individual material practice and which are limited in scope. They are also suitable for initial pilot work to establish the nature and extent of material knowledge systems where these might not be previously known, or for early career applicants who are building new projects.

Large Grants can last up to two years with a maximum award of £70,000. Large Grants are suitable for mature projects where intensive and more diverse documentation is proposed, a larger team is needed, multiple strands of work are happening simultaneously and/or more time is needed to complete the documentation (e.g. because of seasonal cycles of working)

Documentation methods can include, but are not limited to, film, audio recordings, photographs, written notes, maps, 3D images, and drawings. Successful applicants must agree to submit digital copies of these records to the British Museum’s EMKP digital repository, which is open access.

Applicants from across the world can apply for grants irrespective of nationality, although they must be affiliated to an institution that can provide independent oversight and reports to EMKP. There is no restriction on where the proposed work can be carried out; however, strong preference is given to projects in regions and countries where there is limited financial support available for research.

Learn how to apply on the programme’s website.

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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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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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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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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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‘Crafting Resilience’ Webinar to be held 31 October

ICOMOS India and NSC-Intangible Cultural Heritage is organising a webinar on ‘Crafting Resilience: Craft communities and their resilience as embedded in the traditional knowledge: A critical component of intangible cultural heritage.’ on October 31 2020 as part of ICOMOS International webinar series.

India has been home to diverse traditional handicrafts since times immemorial. Like any other occupation, these craftsmen have been practising their crafts amidst disasters as well, be it natural or otherwise. These disasters with their frequent occurrences have affected the craftsmen, at times forcing them to abandon their crafts, to take up other vocations, at the risk of losing the knowledge of producing a craft. But in many situations, these communities have also reoriented themselves in producing artefacts, albeit in a much-modified context, with altered relationships to resources and markets. Crafting Resilience webinar is a narrative of four case studies from different parts of the country with a historic perspective of crafts communities, their struggles, and adaptation to disasters over the years. The webinar brings together individuals who have led movements of crafts revival in their respective regions and worked for a resilient future for crafts and their practitioners.

Please register in advance here:…/tZYpf-qrpjkpG9Kt55DuM…

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Capturing Intangible Heritage Webinar

Australia NSC-ICH Webinar, 5 November 2020, 4-6pm (AEST) – Online

Join us for our annual event on intangible cultural heritage, this year focusing on the diversity of cultures and expressions, and their transmission and recording.

Our three presentations span multiple cultures: from Karanga – the ancient Māori art of calling, to recording and protecting Aboriginal intangible heritage in Victoria, and the challenges of ‘trans-cultural’ intangible heritage in diverse contemporary societies.

Advanced registration is required. Learn more on the website.


Women’s business: Karanga as an Expression of Heritage: Lynda Toki & Dr Diane Menzies

Opening and closing with a Karanga, composed by Lynda Toki for this event, Diane Menzies will then speak about Karanga – the ancient art of calling – and explain what it how, how it is used and what it means. This powerful expression of intangible cultural heritage is an important part of women’s roles in traditional Māori culture and protocol.

Recording Indigenous intangible heritage: Dr Coral Montero Lopez & Amanda Goldfarb

The 2016 amendment to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 opened the door to recording and listing Aboriginal intangible heritage, including social, ritual and material expressions, as well as environmental and ecological Indigenous values. This presentation will discuss the legislative requirements involved in registering Aboriginal intangible values.

Recognising intangible trans-cultural heritage in multicultural societies: Dr Mirjana Lozanovska

Multiculturalism in Australia has fostered a population rich in cultural diversity. Customs and practices adapt and connect trans-cultural communities, and affect local environments. What challenges arise from ‘trans-cultural’ intangible heritage for heritage frameworks of identification and value, and how can they be assessed and recorded? 

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ICICH Annual General Meeting Held 2 October 2020

Six presentations were made during the online Annual General Meeting of ICICH on Friday, 2 October, 2020:

  • President’s Report, Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja
  • Secretary-General’s Report, Marilyn Truscott
  • ICICH Website Report, Angela Labrador
  • India Case Study, Vice-President, Munish Pandit
  • Brazil Case Study, Vice-President, Antonio Arantes
  • Emerging Professionals Report, Monalisa Maharjan

Watch the recording of the meeting on YouTube.

Many time zones and countries were represented among the audience! Screenshots were contributed by Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti and Monalisa Maharjan.


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