A National Consultative Workshop on Intangible Cultural Heritage Policy

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02 Dec 2009

The Department of Arts and Culture invites media to the opening of a consultative workshop on the development of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) policy. As part of the consultative process, the department will host a national consultative workshop from 08-09 December 2009 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand.

According to the 2003 UNESCO Convention on ICH, intangible cultural heritage is oral tradition, traditional music and theatre, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and traditional workmanship.

Intangible cultural heritage also includes instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces associated with the manifestation of intangible cultural heritage. ICH is vulnerable and threatened by marginalization and disappearance as a result of, amongst others, conflicts, intolerance, excessive merchandising, uncontrolled urbanization and rural decay. The opening of the workshop will take place as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2009
Time: 9:00

Venue: Gallagher Estate, Midrand

The programme, the registration form and the draft policy are available on the website: www.dac.gov.za.

Members of the public who are interested in attending the workshop should contact Hlengani Mabasa on (012) 441 3470/E-mail: Hlengani.Mabasa@dac.gov.za on or before Friday, 04 December 2009.


Media enquires &rsvps: Eric Mudzanani on 0822025000/ 012 441 37 37