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19.11.2009

National Seminar on intangible cultural heritage

On 20 November, the Boyana Residence will host a national seminar on
Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Participants in the seminar will include experts from regional advisory and information centres (community centres or “chitalishta") throughout the country, research scholars from the Institute of Folklore at the Bulgarian Academy of Science (BAS) and the BAS Ethnographic Institute and Museum and other specialists.
The seminar is organized by the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture.
The seminar seeks to train experts in the area of intangible cultural heritage (ICH), with the participation of international speakers. This is the first of a series of initiatives to enhance the expertise of professionals in the sphere. The seminar will provide trainees with a range of knowledge on specific topics in order to enhance their expertise and technical skills to work in the field of ICH. Training includes modules on issues related to safeguarding, preserving and maintaining ICH:
- The trainees will acquire the skills to identify, record (keep records and inventories), study and process examples of cultural heritage and will enhance their expertise in managing ICH.
- The emphasis will be on training (mainly through formal and informal education) to work with youths and introduce them to ICH related issues.
- A key aspect of the programme is the presentation of opportunities for integrating ICH in regional cultural policies and its importance to regional economic development.
- Trainees will be prepared to interact with media to promote ICH on the one hand, and to involve the community in the related issues and risks on the other. The results achieved in the sphere will be presented.
- The participation of international speakers will introduce the Bulgarian experts to achievements made in safeguarding and preserving ICH in other countries.

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