8th Ministerial Conference on Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe: Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development
24-25 October 2012 (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Within the framework of UNESCO’s global initiative “Culture: a Bridge to Development”, and following the recent inauguration, in February 2012, of the Sofia Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe, placed under the auspices of UNESCO, the main theme for this ministerial conference is “Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development”. The conference aims to reinforce regional cooperation on capacity building and the exchange of knowledge and good practices, as well as on the safeguarding of the elements of intangible cultural heritage that are shared by more countries and/or local communities in the region. In addition, the conference will offer the opportunity to discuss on the way to streamline the different cultural cooperation platforms at the ministerial level existing in the South-East European region, in order to improve their coordination and to devise possible forms of convergence. This theme is proposed as main focus for the meeting of the International Working Group, convened on 24 October and formed by experts in representation of the participating ministries of culture. Read UNESCO’s release …