Intangible Cultural Heritage and Civic Life
2019 World Forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage l Performance Hall
Oct 10(Thu)-12(Sat), 2019
A joyful village celebration, the entire community dancing together regardless of age or gender, skills to craft everyday items for the home and work.
Awareness of intangible cultural heritage does not come as easily as tangible heritage with physical form. However, intangible heritage is the soul of cultural heritage, and carries its essence. This is why the UNESCO views intangible heritage as the repository of human creativity and cultural diversity. This living heritage is transmitted across generations, but also changes along with the times, which gives it the characteristics of both tradition and modernity. It holds immense value in the lives of ordinary people of its day and age. However, due to the unfamiliarity of the concept and its formless nature, it can be difficult to understand its impact on our lives.
Intangible cultural heritage exists closer to us than we think. It adds fun to our daily lives, makes our society worth living in, enhances individual capacities, and adds value to our lives. At this forum, we want to explore how this living heritage enriches and adds value to our lives, and the role it plays in sustainable development and individual capacity-building, through the keywords of “enjoyment and participation”, “solidarity and respect”, and “study and learning”, with case studies from specialized institutions in the respective fields.
Through this forum, some of us may discover the beauty of intangible cultural heritage in our daily lives, and others might even go on to become protectors of intangible cultural heritage in the future. We also hope that it would be an opportunity for professionals and institutions in the field of intangible cultural heritage to further expand their current safeguarding activities.
Intangible cultural heritage
enriches our lives.
It solves societal problems.
It empowers individuals.