We would like to kindly invite experts working in the safeguarding, promotion, and documentation of phenomena within the sphere of intangible cultural heritage: members of national and self-government bodies and institutions, non-governmental organisations, cultural and educational institutions, culture animators, to participate in the First Expert-Level Forum China and East-Central Europe on the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH). The event will be devoted to sharing experiences, developing competence, and establishing a model of co-operation between the countries from the East-Central Europe and China in terms of the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage.
This will be the first international meeting of this kind dedicated to intangible cultural heritage as part of supra-regional co-operation format '16+1'. The event will gather specialists from 17 countries. The format was proposed in 2012 by China. It covers Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. All those countries are parties to the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ratified by Poland in 2011).
We hope that the Forum will contribute to the exchange of thoughts, experiences, and practices applied in particular countries in order to preserve the thing that is truly important to each and every one of us – the intangible cultural heritage. During the conference, experts will share their knowledge and experience in adopting and adjusting the legal regulations that protect the intangible cultural heritage, research and documentation practices concerning ICH in their countries, and they will share their best practices in terms of the intergenerational transmission. We will discuss on how to connect the principles for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in practice with the concept of sustainable development that was adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly as Agenda 2030's guiding principle and defines the goals of the international community for the next 15 years.
On the first day of the Forum, the participants will hear speeches prepared by the representatives of particular countries. The second day will focus on a panel session and discussion on sustainable development in the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage. In addition to the Forum, an official Gala will be held, during which the decisions of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on the inscription of 12 new elements of ICH into the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage will be granted.
Date: 12 to 14 October 2016
Venue: the International Cultural Centre in Cracow.
The Gala for granting decisions of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on entry into the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
Date: 14 October 2016, 1 pm
Venue: Gallery of the 19th-century Polish Art, Sukiennice, Main Market Square
The organizers provide catering during the Forum and the Gala. The participation in the forum is free of charge.
Please note that notifications are accepted by order of receipt. Please register on: www. forum-intangible-2016.pl
If the number of registrations exceeds the available seats limit, you will be put on the reserve list and you will be informed about the possibility of attending the meeting at least a week prior to the scheduled date of the Forum.
Following the 3rd Meeting of the heads of the Governments of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) as well as the meeting between China’s Minister of Culture and Poland’s Minister of Culture and National Heritage in Beijing in February 2015, the 1st China – Central and Eastern European Countries Expert-Level Forum on Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (“the Forum”) will be held in Kraków, Poland (International Cultural Centre) from the 11th to the 14th of October 2016.
Purpose of the Forum
Bu bo jinren ai guren, qing ci li ju bi wei lin.
The beauty left by our ancestors is there to enchant us
in the pursuit of our own identity./
The beauty left by our ancestors is there to inspire us
yet not to limit us. The words of Tang dynasty poet Du Fu (712-770 A.C.) on the dialogue between “the old” and “the new” is perhaps an excellent metaphor of the spirit of intangible cultural heritage. It is built parallelly on the past and present, it is dynamic and transformative, helping us to see and develop our own identity. It is in this shift - from our ancestors to future generations that are yet to come - where we search for solutions of sustaining the heartbeat of our local, regional, and national cultures.
The upcoming Expert-Level Forum with China and 16 Central and Eastern European Countries on intangible cultural heritage is the first platform that reflects not only on the transgenerational and „trans-time” transmission of intangible cultural heritage but is also transregional in its character, bringing Asia and Europe together to exchange thoughts, ideas and examples on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. This unique polylogue is hoped to initiate long-term and fruitful international cooperation between experts in this field.
Representatives of 17 countries are going to share their views on the current and future challenges facing intangible cultural heritage within our cultural environments, thus fulfilling the message of famous Polish founder of humanistic sociology, philosopher Florian Znaniecki (1882-1958):
“The wise man is the one who not only highly values various cultural systems and knows how to validate them in many ways, but can also appreciate culture in all its richness and versatility and is interested in its persistence and development”.