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Community-Based ICH Inventorying Gears up in the DPRK

Pyongyang is all set to host a four-day training workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage from 29 August to 1 September 2016. This capacity-building workshop is the outcome of the joint efforts of the National Authority for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the National Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for UNESCO, and the UNESCO Beijing Office, with financial contribution from the International Training Centre for Intangible Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region category 2 center. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ratified the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008. To support the endeavor of safeguarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s rich intangible cultural heritage, the UNESCO Beijing Office has been assisting with organizing a series of capacity-building workshops since 2010, including the National Safeguarding Awareness-Raising Workshop (2011) and the Training Workshop on the Implementation of the 2003 Convention (2013).

With the spirit of the Convention in mind, this upcoming workshop focuses on community-based inventorying, with a total of twenty-five participants, comprising government officials, cultural officers, academics, and ICH practitioners. Using newly developed training modules on community-based ICH inventorying, UNESCO-accredited facilitators will give theoretical sessions and present a step-by-step guide for developing an inventorying framework. This workshop is being organized within the context of UNESCO’s global capacity-building strategy for safeguarding ICH.

Original News Link: UNESCO Intangible Heritage News

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