The Diary of Young Explorers: Venice

The Diary of Young Explorers is a collection of travel accounts from Ankur, Giulio, and Caspar, who are documenting their experiences while journeying from Venice, Italy to Xi'an, China. You can read the introduction to their adventure here: The Diary of Young Explorers: Retracing the Ancient Silk Roads.

The Diary of Young Explorers: Retracing the Ancient Silk Roads

Throughout history the legendary Silk Roads have drawn people from all over the world for trade, discovery, and adventure.  Crossing Eurasia over thousands of kilometers on land and sea, these routes have been the arteries that have allowed cultures to be circulated, exchanged, influenced  and recreated over centuries.  From 1990 to 1995 UNESCO retraced these routes in five scientific expeditions which served to gather important knowledge and data that have given us a deeper un

‘Sohar Ship Voyage: Symposium "Interpretation and Outlook"’ - the 35-year anniversary of the arrival of the Sohar Ship to Canton Port

On the 5-6th December 2016, Muscat hosted the ‘Sohar Voyage Symposium: "Interpretation and Outlook"’, organized by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of Sultanate of Oman, marking the 35-year anniversary of the arrival of the Sohar ship to Canton Port in China.

The Inscription of the Valencia Fallas Festivity on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Valencia Fallas festivity was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on the 30 November 2016, by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The festivity was born in Valencia in the 18th century and at present is held in 160 municipalities with some 800 participating Fallas Commissions actively uniting around 200,000 ‘Falleros’ and ‘Falleras’ (volunteers for the commission who organise and partake in the festivity).

The Reports on the UNESCO/ Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust Project “Support for the Preparation for the World Heritage Serial Nomination of the Silk Roads in South Asia”

In line with UNESCO’s efforts since 1988 to encourage research on the Silk Roads as routes of interchange and dialogue of cultures, the UNESCO/Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust (FiT) project “Support for the preparation for the World Heritage Serial Nomination of the Silk Roads in South Asia” was developed in May 2013 and completed in August 2016.

The International Congress: ‘The History of the Silk Roads in Spain and Portugal’

From 26 to 28 October 2016, Valencia hosted an International Congress on the ‘History of the Silk Roads in Spain and Portugal’, organized by the Faculties of Geography and History of the University of Valencia, the Valencian Tourism Agency and the Department of Education, Research, Culture and Sport.

International Silk Road Conference on “Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities”

The International Silk Road Conference on “Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities” was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia between the 13th and 15th October, 2016. The aim of the conference was to explore nomadic culture and tourism opportunities along the world’s renowned Silk Road, develop a new tourism brand product and raise awareness of the necessity to conserve and protect nomadic heritage.

International Conference of the Silk Road: Mashhad, Iran

An International Conference of the Silk Road was held from the 15 to 16 October in Mashhad, Iran. The conference was jointly organized by the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, the Centre for International Research and Education of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS). Notably Mashhad, which was historically a significant centre along the Silk Roads, will also be an Islamic Cultural Capital city in 2017. 

'A World of the Silks’: Discussing the Diversity of Silk Craft

A symposium on the theme ‘A World of the Silks’, was held from the 2 to  25 September 2016 in Hangzhou, China to study the styles of silk handcraft in different regions of the world and shed light on the cultural and technological influences  through sericulture and silk production.

Archaeological Site of Ani was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

During the 40th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Istanbul, Turkey in July 2016, “Archaeological Site of Ani” in Turkey was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a relic historic city of the medieval period on one branch of the Silk Roads. Ani is a largely unexcavated medieval urban site located on a plateau at Turkey’s border with Armenia, which visually and physically integrates remarkably well-preserved monumental buildings, above numerous passages and caves that extent into the surrounding valleys.

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