ICHCAP and the Tajikistan National Commission for UNESCO will hold the seventh Central Asia Sub-regional Network Meeting on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage from 16 to 18 May in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Experts from Korea, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia will participate and discuss possible means of international cooperation for ICH safeguarding in the Central Asian region.
Since the first sub-regional meeting held in 2010, ICHCAP has been working with ICH-related organizations and experts to promote ICH safeguarding activities in the Central Asian region.
A symposium on the theme of “Sacred Cultural Spaces, Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage and Reinforcing Identity” will be held on the first day of the meeting. Experts from Central Asia as well as Korea will examine the significant value of sacred cultural space in connection with the 2003 convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and discuss the possibility of setting up a significant network among experts and practitioners in Central Asia and Mongolia.
The second and third days of the meeting will be dedicated to a working meeting to discuss ICH safeguarding projects between ICHCAP and the Central Asian nations.
On 17 May, the second day of the meeting, there will also be discussions on publishing national intangible heritage guides and renewing national ICH websites that are being developed as part of a project on raising the visibility of Central Asian ICH.
On 18 May, the interim results of the Central Asian intangible heritage audiovisual documentation project will be examined and participants will discuss the different ways of raising the a quality of the final output.
As this is the seventh network meeting in Central Asia, ICHCAP and the Tajikistan National Commission for UNESCO hope that it can move beyond the initial stage of network building within Central Asia and to be held up as a leading example of international cooperation at the working-level for ICH safeguarding.