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Time to apply for Heritage in Progress 2019

In September 2019, the first ever Heritage in Progress Conference (HIP) takes place in Gothenburg.

The theme of the conference is intercultural dialogue and how cultural heritage can be used as a potential tool to engage local communities and be a driving force for social sustainability.

Our ambition is to provide an intriguing conference with exciting guest speakers, dynamic workshops and an excursion to Tanum World Heritage Site and the unique rock carvings.

A diverse and dynamic program

During the conference we will take part of best practice examples, creative development and innovative ways to use our cultural heritage to amplify intercultural dialogue. We will hear from guest speakers from the Altamira World Heritage Site in Spain, The Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making in England, challenges and successes from Laponia World Heritage in the North of Sweden, the archaeological site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey and much more.

You will also meet the World Heritage WatchBridging Ages and Unesco whom will share their perspectives on inclusion and engagement. We will also highlight the concept of Culture Labs and community-building in digital media. The program also includes a field trip to Tanum World Heritage and its unique bronze age petroglyphs.

It’s all about engagement, inspiration and sustainability

Heritage in Progress is a conference on how we can use cultural heritage sites as a catalyst and create an arena where the owners of the cultural heritage site, namely us humans, can meet and exchange ideas and use the heritage in an active way. This is highly visible if you take a look at the program for our three days together. There are a lot of focus on engaging people through exiting methods such as time travels and other tools to gain new ground and make the cultural heritage sites flourish with the help of the people living at or near the sites. I think all cultural institutions can gain from this conference program in one way or another.  

Welcome to Heritage in Progress, 11-13 September in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Contact: Johan Gustafsson, project manager
Phone: +46 (0)72 450 42 94

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2018 Living Heritage Conference Report

The final report of the 2018 Living Heritage Conference is available for download (in French). The conference celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Conseil québécois du patrimoine vivant and attracted over 250 attendees. The report outlines the discussions of the various thematic working groups on elements of intangible heritage in Canada as well as reflections on the use of the Global Result Framework of the 2003 Convention. 

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Passing on Our Cultural Traditions to Future Generations

A One Day Conference Hosted by the
ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee

Saturday 23 March 2019, Tara Theatre, London

This second ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage conference, building on the success of the first one (held in 2014), is a response to the need for more information on safeguarding cultural traditions. It has also been informed by an Arts Council supported project implemented in 2016/17 by the Committee on “Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Museum Contexts”, and by the report’s outcomes and findings published in October 2018. 

Living cultural and social practices are not static: while being transmitted over the centuries from one generation to another, they have continuously evolved in response to events and to changes to their environment. This process has resulted in the demise of some and in the urgent need of the safeguard of others. Questions regarding records and conservation arise: how and why should living heritage be preserved? More importantly, how would the bearers or practicing communities, who are the owners of these cultural traditions, be involved in the process? How can a culturally aware and inclusive framework be created and implemented?

The Conference will be a platform to explore how practicing communities, civil society, arts and heritage organisations can help to promote and pass on our customs and cultural traditions to next generations.

Speakers to include:

  • Dr Tim Curtis – Secretary of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Living Heritage Entity, UNESCO Culture Sector  (Paris)
  • Marya Burgess – BBC Radio 4 producer for The Listening Project
  • Rosy Greenlees, OBE. Executive Director of the Crafts Council since 2006

Download the Preliminary Program

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ICICH at ICOMOS General Assembly

Thank you to Gabriel Caballero for providing the following photos of ICICH members at the recent 2018 ICOMOS General Assembly and Advisory Committee and Scientific Symposium in Buenos Aires, 4-8 December.

View the ICOMOS-BUE Assembly Website

Access the Assembly’s Working Documents

Read about the Buenos Aires Declaration

ICICH members enjoying a meal at ICOMOS-BUE 2018

Museo de Arquitectura y Diseño

ICICH Annual General Meeting Chair, Angel Cabeza

ICICH Annual General Meeting, Marilyn Truscott

ICICH Annual General Meeting attendees

ICICH Annual General Meeting attendees

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International Conference ‘Water as Heritage’

From 27 to 31 May, 2019, the Taiwan International Institute for Water Education in cooperation with ICOMOS Netherlands and the Centre for Global Heritage and Development of The Netherlands will organize the international conference ‘Water as Heritage’, that will take place in Chiayi, Taiwan – named Formosa since the 16th century – a beautiful island on the Pacific rim as a gateway of Asian continent.

Among the five themes, ICICH will cooperate with CIRAT (Centro Internacional de Água e Transdisciplinaridade, Brazil) about the “Worldvision and Water” panel. 

If you would like to join the panel, please register through the website. Then, you will be requested to submit an abstract (max 500 words) for an article or a poster. 

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The Living Heritage Gathering in Québec

26-28 October 2018

A major happening around the arts of oral tradition (dance, music & storytelling), craftsmanship and intangible heritage will be held at Domaine Cataraqui in Quebec City on October 26th, 27th and 28th. The 2018 Living Heritage Gathering is open to all and will bring together community leaders: artists, artisans, cultural workers, speakers, institutional and government partners, researchers and more. The event is an opportunity to promote networking, highlight the activities of organizations and produce deliverables useful for the community and for decision-makers. More than 35 free cultural activities are also on the program of La Folle Bastringue!

Watch for complete programming at

Un grand happening autour des arts de tradition orale (danse, musique & conte trad), de l’artisanat et du patrimoine immatériel se tiendra au Domaine Cataraqui à Québec les 26, 27 et 28 octobre prochains. Le Rassemblement patrimoine vivant 2018 est ouvert à tous et ralliera les forces vives du milieu : artistes, artisans, travailleurs culturels, conférenciers, partenaires institutionnels et gouvernementaux, chercheurs et plus. L’événement est l’occasion de favoriser le réseautage, de mettre en valeur les activités des organismes et de produire des livrables utiles pour le milieu et pour les décideurs. Plusieurs activités culturelles gratuites sont également au programme de la Folle bastringue!

Surveillez la programmation complète à

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Virtual conference: ICH and TVET / Conférence virtuelle : PCI et l’EFTP

Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through technical and vocational education and training (TVET)

29 October to 7 November 2018

Moderated by Panas Karampampas and Wouter de Regt

From 29 October to 7 November, 2018 the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section and UNESCO-UNEVOC will co-host a virtual conference on ‘Integrating the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in technical and vocational education and training (TVET)’. The conference, which comes under the new programme on ‘Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education’, will explore the links between ICH and TVET.

The conference will be held on the UNESCO-UNEVOC TVeT Forum: an online discussion board where people from around the world can share information and knowledge about different aspects of TVET. Participants in the conference can read and post comments on the discussion boards—over the 10 days of the conference they can participate as much or as little as they like, logging in whenever suites their schedule.

Learn more and sign up on the website

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Food 2019

2nd Global Conference: Food, Heritage and Community
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

Saturday 9th March 2019 – Sunday 10th March 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Food and Drink have always been far more than simply sustenance and succor. Forming a fascinating, complex and diverse foundation for communities across the world, the needs, rituals and practices related to food and drink open up important insights and perspectives on who we are, how we live and the ways in which we have and continue to come together.

The second meeting of this inclusive interdisciplinary project seeks to explore how food is perceived, constructed, celebrated and resisted as cultural heritage at personal, regional, national and global levels with a view to forming a publication to engender further collaboration and discussion.

Learn more at the conference website

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“Los Sismos y El Patrimonio Dañado” un Año Después Coloquio, Dialogos y Talleres

17, 18 19, DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 2018

La República Mexicana ha sido víctima de innumerables catástrofes naturales, año con año, los fenómenos meteorológicos afectan poblaciones enteras. El patrimonio dañado por los sismos suscitados en septiembre del 2017 y febrero del 2018 debe ser analizado y estudiado por especialistas para conocer sus logros y carencias así como para contar con un sistema nacional de prevención de desastres perfectamente bien definido en el que se incluyan las poblaciones en riesgo con protocolos para prevenir daños humanos y materiales.

Con el objeto de realizar un dialogo entre especialistas nacionales e internacionales, se realizará en la Ciudad de México el Coloquio Internacional sobre Patrimonio Cultural dañado por sismos, en donde con la experiencia obtenida en otros sitios, los expertos en diferentes materias expondrán sus experiencias ante las catástrofes impredecibles.

El congreso tendrá como objetivo conocer los avances tecnológicos, científicos y académicos en prevención y conservación de sitios y patrimonio cultural histórico afectados por desastres naturales.



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