Programme accurate as of 29 October 2019

Note: Programme is subject to change by organisers.

Time Programme
0830 - 0900 Registration
0900 - 0915

Opening Address by Guest of Honour

Ms Sim Ann
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Communications and Information

0915 - 0930

Keynote Address (I)
Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cities: UNESCO’s New Direction and Efforts

Ms Duong Bich Hanh
Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok Office

0930 - 0945

Keynote Address (II)
The Roles of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Multicultural Urban Societies in the Asia-Pacific Area: Issues and Challenges

Mr Keum Gi Hyung
Director-General, International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP)

0945 - 1000

Q&A for Keynote Speakers


  • Mr Yeo Kirk Siang

    Director, Heritage Research and Assessment, National Heritage Board, Singapore

1000 - 1030 Morning Tea Break
1030 - 1200

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Track 1 - ICH and Multiculturalism: Issues and Challenges


  • Ethnic Diversity in the Netherlands: Municipal Policies and the Role of Entrepreneurs in Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage
    Dr Albert van der Zeijden
    ICH Specialist & Researcher, Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Netherlands
  • A World of Colourful Contrasts: Some Complementarities and Contestations in Multicultural Singapore’s Intangible Cultural Heritage
    Dr Lai Ah Eng 
    Adjunct Senior Fellow, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore
  • Multiple Streams of Singapore’s Cultural Heritage: Recognising a Port City’s Complex History
    Dr Vivienne Wee 
    Anthropologist and Director of Ethnographica Private Limited, Singapore


  • Professor Brenda Yeoh
    Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore;
    Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster, Asia Research Institute, Singapore
1200 - 1300


1300 - 1430

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Track 2 - Safeguarding ICH in Multicultural Societies


  • Searching for the Maroons: Lessons in Safeguarding the Intangible in Secret Societies
    Mr David Brown
    Director, Policy & Research, National Cultural & Creative Industries Council (NCCIC), Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, Jamaica
  • The Gastronomic Meal of the French and Multiculturality – A Neglected Question?
    Mr Loïc Bienassis

    Researcher & Project Manager, European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food (IEHCA), France
  • Racun dan Penawar: Opportunities and Challenges of Traditional Malay Medicine as Sustainable Complementary Health Practice
    Ms Suhaili Osman
    Curator, Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore


  • Mr John Teo
    Deputy Director, Heritage Research and Assessment, National Heritage Board, Singapore
1430 - 1600

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Track 3 - ICH and Sustainable Development


  • FESTIMA and Sustainable Development
    Mr Léonce Ki

    Executive Secretary, Association for the Protection of Masks (ASAMA), Burkina Faso
  • Create Sustainable Khon in Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Perspectives
    Professor Pornrat Damrhung

    Professor, Dramatic Arts Department, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • The Role of Conservation in Sustainable Development
    Mr Kelvin Ang

    Director, Conservation Management, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore


1600 - 1630

Tea Break

1630 - 1800

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Track 4 - Cultural Policies and Frameworks on ICH


  • The Legal Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in a Comparative Perspective
    Professor Pier Luigi Petrillo
    Professor, Comparative Public Law, University of Rome Unitelma Sapienza, Italy
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage in Singapore
    Mr Timothy Chin

    Senior Director (Arts and Heritage), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore


  • Professor Kwok Kian Woon
    Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
1800 - 1830 Closing Remarks