Capacity-Building Workshop on the Implementation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Convention and Community-based ICH Inventorying
Over the years, the Tuvalu government and the people of Tuvalu have actively engaged in the safeguarding of its Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for community well-being and sustainable development. This has been done under the Culture Programme of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Rural Development in particular through the participation of the Tuvalu delegation in the Festival of Pacific Arts, held every four years in one of the Pacific islands since 1972.
The Tuvalu government accepted the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in May 2017. It is now urgent for Tuvalu as a state party to build the capacity to start implementing the ICH Convention at the national level.
With this as background, a Capacity Building Workshop on the Implementation of the ICH Convention and Community-based ICH Inventorying will take place in Funafuti from 24 to 29 July 2017. Around 40 participants, including government officials, community leaders, a Women’s Committee, NGOs and other stakeholders will receive training from Mr Sipiriano Nemani, Director of the Fiji Museum and a UNESCO-accredited facilitator from Fiji, and learn good practice in community-based ICH inventorying. Field practices in using traditional dances, traditional craftsmanship and preparation of traditional cuisines are foreseen in the Workshop programme.
The Workshop will be organized by the Tuvalu Ministry of Internal Affairs and Rural Development in cooperation with Tuvalu National Commission for UNESCO. It will be held with funding from the Rei Foundation in New Zealand through UNESCO.