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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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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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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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China-South Africa Ethnic Cultural Exchange Workshop at Yunnan University, China in December, 2019

Contributed by ICICH Expert Member, Dr Junjie Su. 

In order to continue the success of the 2018 China-Africa Workshop on the Protection and Inheritance of Intangible Cultural Heritage , Yunnan University held the 2019 China-South Africa Ethnic Cultural Exchange Workshop from 14 to 20th of December, 2019. This Workshop was supported by the Ministry of Education, China and organised by the Cultural Development Institute of Yunnan University and the Research Centre for China-South Africa Peopleto- People Exchanges, Yunnan University. As an Expert Member of the ICICH of ICOMOS, Associate Professor Dr. Junjie SU acted as the Convener of the Workshop.

14 South African artists and scholars attended this workshop, including those from University of Stellenbosch, University of Johannesburg, Durban University of Technology, The University of Cape Town and South African National Gallery. Among other Chinese scholars and experts, Director Guo Hong of China-Africa Institute attended the Workshop. The Workshop was themed on Exchange and Mutual Learning, Sharing and Collaborative Creation. Through activities such as forum, workshop and visits, this Workshop aims to enable Chinese and South African intangible cultural heritage practitioners, artists, scholars, experts and officials to exchange and work together in regard to the protection, use and creative use of ethnic culture, arts, and intangible cultural heritage.

Read the report and view photos from the workshop

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Exploring Intersections between Tangible and Intangible Heritage in Finland

On 28th Nov 2019 a short seminar dealing with the intangible dimensions on tangible heritages was hosted in Finland. Dr Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja (President, ICICH) opened the seminar. She discussed the ICICH-committee, WH-criteria, and she shared interesting case studies. The President of ICOMOS Finland, arch. Kirsti Kovanen had studied all ICOMOS charters and documents, keeping in mind “intangible heritage”. She suggested that Culture-Nature Journey might be a good area for the dialogue between tangible and intangible heritage.

After the opening-speeches we had some philosophical and theoretical lectures dealing with “Material, time and atmosphere of heritage”. The discussion about the possibilities to protect immaterial values of heritage by the Heritage legislation was interesting. Many actual cases are just now not at the tables of civil servants.

Four round tables hosted further discussions under the titles:

  • The original use of heritage, new uses
  • The skillfulness and capability
  • The knowledge and research work
  • Good will, participating, political will

ICOMOS Finland ICH seminar 2019 programme

Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja Presentation

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Workshop on Documenting ICH at the University of Jammu

Maintaining the momentum from the April 2019 panel co-organized by ICICH, the University of Jammu hosted an exhibition “Memory of Movement”, documentary film “Ripples of Time” screening, and a two-day workshop for students of the Centre for Studies in Museology in November 2019. The workshop, “Techniques of documenting Intangible Heritage” was conducted by Munish Pandit, Vice President ICICH. 

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Report on ICICH co-organized panel on Rural Landscapes

As part of World Heritage Day celebrations, ICICH, Sanrakshan Heritage Consultants Pvt. Ltd., and VIRASAT organized a panel discussion entitled “Rural Landscapes: A Paradigm for Heritage” in Jammu, India, on 19 April 2019. The panel focused on the States of Jammu and Kashmir and brought together multiple sectors, including representatives from rural communities, to begin collaboration on a document that can help inform new policies focused on the identification, documentation, promotion, education, and management of rural landscapes. Munish Pandit, Vice President of ICICH was among the event’s participants.

Read the Report

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