Passing on Our Cultural Traditions to Future Generations

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A Conference Hosted by the ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee and Supported by Arts Council England.

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This second ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage conference, building on the success of the first one (held in 2014), is a response to the need for more information on safeguarding cultural traditions. It has also been informed by an Arts Council supported project implemented in 2016/17 by the Committee on “Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Museum Contexts”, and by the report’s outcomes and findings published in October 2018.

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Storytelling, performing arts, social customs and practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, healing systems, traditional crafts knowledge and skills, culinary traditions, fishing and gathering practices are just some of the living traditions of the UK’s vast intangible cultural heritage.

Living cultural and social practices are not static: while being transmitted over the centuries from one generation to another, they have continuously evolved in response to events and to changes to their environment. This process has resulted in the demise of some and in the urgent need of the safeguard of others.

Questions regarding records and conservation arise: how and why should living heritage be preserved? More importantly, how would the bearers or practicing communities, who are the owners of these cultural traditions, be involved in the process? How can a culturally aware and inclusive framework be created and implemented?

The Conference will be a platform to explore how practicing communities, civil society, arts and heritage organisations can help to promote and pass on our customs and cultural traditions to next generations.

While the focus for the day will be on the UK, the conference will draw on the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003), therefore looking at international examples and perspectives to inform the discussion on theoretical framework and good practice in documenting and safeguarding cultural heritage.

The conference aims to attract a diverse audience and should be of interest to practitioners/bearers across the ICH Domains in UK, community groups, civil society, arts and heritage practitioners, the academic community interested and/or involved in ICH work, and representatives of public sector and policy and funding bodies who can facilitate and support work in the ICH sector.

We have a very limited number of discounted tickets at the special rate of £20pp for members of community groups. If you are a member of a community group engaged in practicing/safeguarding a particular cultural tradition, to book your tickets please contact admin@icomos-uk.org providing short details about the work of the community group. Feedback from us may take up to two working days.

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