Central Asian Meeting Supports the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

18 May 2006

Central Asian Regional Meeting for Promotion of the 2003 Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, 18-20 May 2006, Boysun, Uzbekistan

For centuries, the phenomenon of intangible cultural heritage was a key factor for the transmission of indigenous cultural traditions for future generations as well as a matching point for intercultural dialogue in Central Asia – countries with unique oral and music traditions. Proclaimed by UNESCO as Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity from the Central Asian region include, “The Cultural Space of the Boysun District” (Uzbekistan 2001), “Shashmaqom –Classical Music of Central Asia” (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan 2003), “The Art of Akyns, Kyrgyz Epic Tellers” (Kyrgyzstan 2003). Ratification of the Convention could be considered a very important step in the Central Asian countries for further preservation and development of its unique intangible cultural heritage (ICH). By becoming a party to the 2003 Convention a State can count on the mutual commitment of all States Parties concerning the various ways and means of safeguarding the ICH described in the "principles" of this standard-setting document, which came into force in 20 April 2006. Major operational projects of UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation of Intangible Heritage are currently under implementation in the region. The main activities of these projects are inventory-making. Some countries already have experiences in inventorying elements of its intangible cultural heritage and approaches differ widely from each other. The main objective of the seminar is preservation and sustainable development of the proclaimed Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity as well as other unique cultural forms and spaces within Central Asian region. In order to reach the above-mentioned objective the meeting will provide platform for exchange of views and experiences between experts and other stakeholders in preservation of ICH, analysis of good practices in methodology of inventory of the ICH in certain countries. It is expected that the meeting will encourage Central Asian countries to ratify the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and to promote adoption of international norms into the respective national legislations. Policy makers and culture experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well as specialists from UNESCO HQ, UNESCO Tashkent and UNESCO Almaty will participate in the Meeting. Photo from: sanat

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