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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.

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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.

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Oral Storytelling Tradition Seminar in Ljungby, Sweden

Join the Festival for a seminar in The Land of Legends on 13 and 14 June 2019 in Ljungby, Sweden.

The Storytelling Festival of Ljungby in Sweden is the oldest annual storytelling festival in the Nordic countries. Since 1990, storytellers, folklorists, and story-lovers have met here to share stories, and discuss topics related to transmission and safeguarding of oral tradition. This year, special attention will be given to that the Land of Legends was adopted to the UNESCO Register of Good Safeguarding Practice under the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage during the UNESCO committee meeting in November 2018. Therefore we would like to invite you to join us for a two-day seminar on the topic Oral Storytelling Tradition.

Each year, just before midsummer, Ljungby Storytelling Festival takes place. This year, the dates are set to June 13 to June 16. For four days, The Land of Legends will be filled with storytelling, music, workshops and lectures. During the festival, there is an easy to follow “English track” – where performances are held in English.

Visit the festival webpage for more information:

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4th CLAT 2019-Taste Paradise-27 April to 04 May

The Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is a non-profit organization specialized in the area of Cultural Landscape and the only institution in Iran that focuses on cultural landscapes interdisciplinary. The Association’s mission is to strengthen the role of cultural landscape in sustainable development in Iran and the region, by building the capacity of all those professionals and bodies involved with cultural landscape recognition, protection, conservation and management in the region, through training, research, the dissemination of information and network building. 

For  more information, you can see the tour webpage:

To review the first workshop and tour see the video:

In the case on any queries do not hesitate to contact us by email: or

Parastoo Eshrati, Assistant Professor, University of Tehran, Iran

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ICOMOS members work towards setting the foundations of the Pasifika Charter

Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy reports that a number of ICOMOS members are currently in Levuka Fiji at a workshop with ICOMOS Pasifika members helping to develop a draft heritage charter for Pasifika. This workshop is a side event of the “Culture: Conserving it Together” conference jointly organised by ICOMOS Australia, ICOMOS Pasifika and ICOMOS New Zealand in Suva Fiji. There are so many overlaps with ICH in many of the discussions that members may like to watch out for the reports that come from these various meetings. Click here to learn more about the conference.

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