Track 2: Safeguarding ICH in Multicultural Societies

As multicultural societies become more commonplace all around the world, the safeguarding, promotion and transmission of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) are often regarded as essential to the preservation of community identity, the promotion of greater inclusivity and the fostering of social cohesion and harmony. However, the safeguarding, promotion and transmission of ICH in such contexts often involve multiple actors from the private, public and people sectors, and could result in unintended consequences such as over-commercialisation of ICH elements.

In this track, speakers will share their experiences and lessons learned with regards to the implementation and monitoring of safeguarding measures of ICH in multicultural societies; elaborate on the threats and opportunities created by economic and technological developments; and offer case studies of how ICH could be safeguarded, promoted and transmitted in such societies.