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DCMS seeks views on intangible cultural heritage proposals

Government to host digital roundtables on its plans to ratify Unesco convention
The Legend Of The Kinnoull Dragon organised by Adventure Circus SCIO, an ancient fire festival celebrating the legend of the Kinnoull Hill Dragon in Perth
The Legend Of The Kinnoull Dragon organised by Adventure Circus SCIO, an ancient fire festival celebrating the legend of the Kinnoull Hill Dragon in Perth

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is consulting on the UK Government’s proposals to ratify the Unesco Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The government announced in December that it was planning to ratify the 2003 convention. The first stage of implementing the convention will be the creation of an inventory of intangible cultural heritage in the UK, while the second stage will look at ongoing safeguarding.

Intangible cultural heritage

Intangible cultural heritage is defined by Unesco as the “practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage”.

These include:

  • oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage.
  • performing arts.
  • social practices, rituals and festive events.
  • knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe.
  • traditional craftsmanship.

DCMS is inviting engagement and views relating to the first stage of implementation. As part of the consultation, it will host a series of digital roundtables for interested stakeholders throughout February to explore different aspects of the proposals.

The meetings can be booked through Eventbrite and the dates are:

Comments (3)

  1. says:

    Shame the term craftsMANship remains in use. Try Craft or Craft Practice or Traditional Craft Practice? Thanks.

  2. says:

    When is the roundtable for the discussion about craft? Thanks

    1. Geraldine Kendall Adams says:

      Hi Matthew,

      Apologies, some of the entries were missing from the list we received – please see above for the full list.

      Geraldine

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