Track 4: Cultural Policies and Frameworks on ICH

The concept of culture, as defined in the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies, is referred to as “whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterise a society or social group. It includes not only arts and letters, but modes of life… value systems, traditions and beliefs.” (UNESCO, 1982; 1998).

The above definition of culture has been reflected and reinforced by the introduction and adoption of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity in 2003. The convention has since paved the way in generating greater awareness and appreciation of the safeguarding of ICH and the incorporation of such safeguards in the design of ICH frameworks and policies at a global level.

In this track, speakers will share the cultural frameworks and policies from their respective countries; discuss the considerations and challenges in the development and implementation of such frameworks and policies; and offer their views on the way forward for future cultural frameworks and policies and their impact on the safeguarding, promotion and transmission of ICH.