Workshop on Community-based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Fiji
A Workshop on Community-based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) will be held by the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts of Fiji in Suva from 3 to 11 February 2016.
As State Party to the ICH Convention, Fiji has actively engaged in the implementation of the ICH Convention. Some of the initiatives undertaken so far include, among others, mapping of traditional knowledge and expressions of cultures of indigenous peoples by the Ministry of iTaukei (indigenous) affairs, community workshops for revitalization of traditional handicrafts. There is also a support to the activities of Multicultural Centres, the Rotuman Day Festival, a support to radio and TV programmes on Fiji’s history, culture and traditions and mainstreaming cultural heritage into school curriculum.
As part of UNESCO’s global strategy aiming to enhance national capacity for ICH safeguarding and with the financial assistance under the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust, Fiji organized the first ICH Workshop on the Implementation of the ICH Convention in September 2015 in Suva. Following this, the 2nd Workshop will focus on community-based inventorying of ICH. The workshop participants will learn ICH inventorying, its framework, methodology for data collection, organisation and presentation.
The workshop will gather some twenty participants, including government officials, village leaders, experts and NGOs representatives involved in the ICH safeguarding both national and provincial levels. The workshop will include hands-on exercise at Nabukaluka village that will be carried out with the participation of communities.