Published On: Fri, Aug 18th, 2017

Unesco consultations on intangible cultural heritage in September

GREAT BAY – The Department of Culture in collaboration with the National Commission for Unesco will host the second round of national intangible cultural heritage consultations on Monday, September 4 and Wednesday September 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at conference room in the government building on Pond Island.

The theme of this activity is strengthening capacities for implementing the convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in St. Maarten. The consultations will be facilitated by global Unesco facilitator David Brown from Jamaica. A field excursion exercise will take place on Tuesday, September 5 in Simpson Bay where participants will be able to actively observe, partake and learn about the making of fishing pots, nets, traps, boats –  all key elements of St. Maarten’s cultural heritage.

The main ambitions of this 3-day workshop are to strengthen capacities for implementing the Unesco convention on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, to review, supplement and finalize the first draft of the national ICH Inventory of St. Maarten and to experience and explore specific aspects of living heritage on St. Maarten.

“It is crucial that we have a good balance of heritage experts/professionals, community organizers, tradition bearers and practitioners to ensure the success of the workshop and reinforce our commitment to keeping with the Unesco convention on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage,” the culture department said in a press statement.

Those interested in participating should contact Marcellia Henry, Secretary General of Unesco via henrymarcellia@gmail.com or Sharine Allamby, Policy Officer at the Department of Culture via culturedepartmentofsxm@gmail.com.