Indonesian Cultural Heritage Takes Center Stage at WIPO Supported Event
WIPO Press Room, 17 April 2008

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: As part of its efforts related to the protection of intangible cultural heritage, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has partnered with the Permanent Mission of Indonesia in Geneva, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) to support a performance of the Wayang Shadow Puppet Theatre, an exquisite portrayal of Indonesia’s living heritage. Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Mr. Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General of WIPO, noted that traditional cultural expressions are part of Indonesia’s intellectual and cultural assets, and directly convey precious cultural diversity. The intellectual property system aims at establishing an environment in which musicians, artists and performers are able to obtain just remuneration and acknowledgement for their efforts while ensuring that the public is able to enjoy and benefit from their artistic genius. As intangible cultural heritage embodies rich and distinctive creativity in constant evolution, suitably balanced intellectual property measures can also contribute to its preservation, promotion and protection. Read the press release…

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