Intangible Cultural Heritage of Asia and the Pacific

Congratulatory Remarks

Jae-Suk Chung, Administrator

Cultural Heritage Administration, Republic of Korea
I would like to send my sincere congratulations on the tenth anniversary of the ICH Courier. It is surprising that the excellent worldwide magazine has been published, recognizing the importance of information sharing in the field of intangible cultural heritage. In addition, I feel very rewarding and proud that the Korean government has contributed to promoting intangible cultural heritage of the Asia-Pacific region internationally through the ICH Courier. I believe that the ICH Courier has been a key channel for conveying treasures of the Asia-Pacific region. I would like to express my applause to the excellent work of the editors and ICHCAP who have been working for the magazine for the last ten years. I hope that the ICH Courier will further develop and become a medium that leads in disseminating intangible cultural heritage information and leads global trends in this field.

Alisher Ikramov, Director

Development of International Cooperation, International Institute for Central Asian Studies, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Congratulations on the tenth anniversary of the ICH Courier. I remember with great pleasure collaborating with Member States during my term on the Editorial Advisory Board. It has been a delight to observe the growth and evolution of the content and quality. Over these years the ICH Courier has provided a unique space for information exchange and networking among policymakers and local communities, scholars, and ICH bearers in sustainable safeguarding of ICH. The ICH Courier is today one among the well-known circulating newsletters in the Asia-Pacific region, and the credit for that solely goes to ICHCAP’s team. I am grateful to the Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea and the high level of professionalism at ICHCAP for their continuing efforts towards international collaboration for discovering the richness and diversity of traditional culture in the contemporary world.

Ananya Bhattacharya, Founder / Director

Contact Base and banglanatak.com
Warmest congratulations to ICHCAP and ICH Courier team for completing a decade of deep diving into the world of ICH. The quarterly periodical, available both online and in print, has not only provided knowledge to the readers but also empowered heritage professionals with opportunities and skills for sharing their insights. In this age of information and knowledge economy, the ICH Courier has emerged as a powerful means of creating and distributing knowledge. The publication is also playing a path breaking role in bridging the past and the future by strengthening access to the ICH of diverse communities and helping us to understand the world in a better way.

Bin Liang, Director-General

Intangible Training Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (CRIHAP), China
The ICH Courier is an impressive publication on safeguarding ICH. Founded in 2009, the ICH Courier has published forty editions, attaining remarkable achievements. It ranges over a great variety of topics, offering information on ICH safeguarding across the Asia Pacific region and even worldwide, covering global issues, regional reports, and Asia Pacific ICH elements. Its beautiful graphics and informative contents have enabled readers to gain not only professional and interesting references but also fantastic visual entertainment, offering a reading experience of both visual and mental delight. We congratulate the ICH Courier on its tenth anniversary.

Wataru Iwamoto, Director-General

International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCI), Japan
I would like to express my congratulations on the tenth anniversary of the ICH Courier, which has made great contributions to IRCI’s activities by introducing our projects and providing other interesting articles that promote the public’s understanding of ICH. IRCI would like to continue working closely with ICHCAP and other Category 2 Centres and strengthen ties for the future. On behalf of IRCI which promotes research in the field of ICH safeguarding, I extend my profound respect to the Director-General of ICHCAP as well as the editorial staff and express my wishes for promoting the 2003 Convention.

Slimane Hachi, Director-General

Regional Center in Algiers for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Africa under the auspices of UNESCO (CRESPIAF)
At the seventh coordination meeting of the seven centers under the auspices of UNESCO in the field of ICH held in Algiers on 2 and 3 September 2019 by UNESCO and CRESPIAF, each center was given the opportunity to hear about their programs. We appreciated the extent of the actions deployed by ICHCAP, in particular concerning intangible heritage education project and the publication of the ICH Courier for the Asia-Pacific region for which it is the tenth anniversary. We wish an excellent anniversary to this outstanding publication, which is very useful for the dissemination of information relating to the intangible cultural heritage around the world.

Mirena Staneva, Expert on Programs and Projects

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO
I would like to congratulate ICHCAP on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the ICH Courier and the continuous efforts to develop and grow as a platform where bearers, experts, researchers, and politicians can connect and discuss ICH in Asia and the Pacific and even beyond. Reading the pages of the journal, you can dive into the rich traditions and cultures of the region to enhance knowledge about safeguarding practices from all over the world and to learn new theoretical approaches towards ICH. Congratulations to the editorial board for the high-level professionalism and creativity in preparing each issue, which I believe is the reason for the ICH Courier’s success. Wishing you good luck in your mission to be a “window for Asia-Pacific ICH” and am looking forward for the next pages of inspiration.