Training Workshop on Community-Based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Elaborating Nomination Files under the Mechanisms of the 2003 UNESCO Convention

When :

from Wednesday 26 September, 2018
09:00
to Wednesday 3 October, 2018
13:00

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea

The Training Workshop on Community-Based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Elaborating Nomination Files under the Mechanisms of the 2003 UNESCO Convention is aimed at strengthening the capacities of its participants of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in preparing nomination files for the Convention’s Lists as well as refreshing their knowledge on ICH inventorying methodologies and techniques. Organized from 26 September to 3 October 2018 by UNESCO Beijing Office and hosted by the National Authority for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, this workshop is the first of its kind wherein an International Assistance is jointly implemented by a Member State and a UNESCO Field Office with the financial support from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Training Workshop on Community-Based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Elaborating Nomination Files under the Mechanisms of the 2003 UNESCO Convention is aimed at strengthening the capacities of its participants of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in preparing nomination files for the Convention’s Lists as well as refreshing their knowledge on ICH inventorying methodologies and techniques. Organized from 26 September to 3 October 2018 by UNESCO Beijing Office and hosted by the National Authority for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, this workshop is the first of its kind that an International Assistance is jointly implemented by a Member State and a UNESCO Field Office with the financial support from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.

Since the ratification of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, DPRK has been striving to safeguard and promote its invaluable heritage as a pillar and testimony of the Korean identity. It is the common interest between the DPRK and UNESCO to continuously strengthen DPRK’s institutional, human and technical capacities to implement the Convention effectively. UNESCO, through its global-capacity building strategy for ICH, intends to fill the gaps and provide concerned stakeholders with adequate skills and knowledge in order to develop sustainable frameworks for ICH safeguarding. The aim of this capacity-building approach is to provide integrated and sustainable support to DPRK to allow authorities and communities to enact and transmit their heritage over time. Under this approach, UNESCO Beijing Office has been supporting DPRK’s endeavour to safeguard its intangible cultural heritage through a cycle of capacity-building activities, including a Training Workshop on the Implementation of the 2003 Convention in 2013 and a Training Workshop on Community-Based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016.

The current workshop will be a continuation of the previous capacity building efforts. Taking note that DPRK has already successfully nominated two elements to the Representative List – traditional kimchi-making and Arirang folk singing – the training will build on these successes. It will further reinforce participants’ knowledge of the requirements and criteria of nominations, and cover more specialized topics such as joint nominations with other countries, how to apply for international financial assistance, and the importance of integrating sustainable development and inclusive approaches in nominations. The 32 participants of the workshop will practice what they will learn by applying them on several ICH elements from DPRK, including the Janggo dance and other traditional dance forms as well as the traditional Korean painting and celadon.