On 29-31 October 2018, the UNESCO Khartoum Office along with the National Council for Cultural Heritage and Promotion of National Languages (NCCH), Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities (MoCTA), and Sudanese National Commission for Education, Science and Culture (NATCOM) organized a training workshop (TWS) on Developing Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Safeguarding Measures and Project Management for Sudanese cultural professionals on premises of the Heritage House, Khartoum, Sudan. The TWS took place in frameworks of the project “Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Sudan” funded by the UAE, and resulted in training of 32 Sudanese cultural professionals working with ICH including 11 women and 7 persons from out of the capital metropolis.
The opening ceremony of the workshop was honored by H.E. Mr. Omer Suleiman, the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, H.E. Dr. Pavel Kroupkine, the UNESCO Representative to Sudan, Dr. Asaad Abdelrahman, the Secretary General of the NCCH, Dr. Abdulgadir Noureddin, the Secretary General of NATCOM, and many distinguished scholars and professionals working with ICH. The heating concert of an ethnic band before warmed the welcome speeches during the ceremony. In his closing speech, the H.E. Minister Omer Suleiman expressed his full support to the development of infrastructure for working with ICH in accordance with the UNESCO 2003 Convention, welcomed participants, and sincerely thanked the UAE for its generous support.
Then, during 3 days, the participants actively cultivated their skills and understanding on how to develop safeguarding measures for ICH, how to plan appropriate activities, and manage their execution. Prof. Ismail Al Fihail, the member of UNESCO’s network of ICH facilitators, Dr. Asaad Abdelrahman, the Secretary General of NCCH, Dr. Ali Abdow, the professor in the Khartoum University, shared their knowledge and experience with the participants, leading them in their studies.