Cambodia reorienting its methods of inventorying living heritage
14-21 February 2013 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Aiming at reinforcing Cambodia’s community-based focus in its efforts to document and inventory living heritage, over 35 participants came together in Siem Reap to build their knowledge and develop this new approach. The programme included 8 days of intensive course and field-based work carried out in the rural areas of Siem Reap and the town itself. Fieldwork included a visit to the School of Fine Arts and two local communities, with forms of ICH documented including traditional weaving processes, martial arts skills and techniques, and performing arts. Participants learned, through hands-on training, field-based techniques of interviewing and audio-visual recording. A visit was also conducted to the Eco-Global Museum (supported by UNESCO) located in the Preah Vihear Province, to learn about a concrete inventory project underway which combines audio-visual documentation of living heritage among a local indigenous community with the documentation of associated cultural objects. The capacity-building workshop on inventorying with a strong community focus thus provided participants – most of whom are provincial directors – with further skills and knowledge for their field practices. In addition, the training placed much emphasis on developing mutually supportive networks among cultural professionals and communities to support national efforts to document and inventory living heritage. Read the release …

A step further in the identification of intangible cultural heritage in Argentina
25 February – 1 March 2013 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Intensive training was delivered on drawing up inventories of intangible cultural heritage, with emphasis on the key role that the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage grants to communities in the identification and definition of their heritage. The sessions aimed to equip participants with the fundamental knowledge and techniques to design and facilitate an inventorying process with the participation of communities and tailored to their particular circumstances. Read the release …

Cuba: communities involved in the inventory of the rural festivities of Red and Blue bands of Majagua
28 February – 5 March 2013 (Majagua, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba)

In accordance with the consent of the community of Majagua, in the very centre of Cuba, to embark on an inventory exercise, the manifestation selected by the community to undertake the first field exercise was the rural festivities of Red and Blue bands of Majagua, known throughout the island as an enduring social institution that brings residents from different generations into one or the other camp for friendly rivalry and competitions. The exercise took place under the supervision of UNESCO-trained facilitators, and is supported by the community of Majagua, by the provincial authorities in the field of cultural heritage and the Houses of Culture of Ciego de Ávila. Read the release …