: Eighth Annual Meeting of the South East European Experts Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage – conclusions and presentations now online

Фестивал на Чипровския килим – 2 май, град Чипровци
Work plan 2014 of Regional Centre Sofia

Enhancing regional cooperation

on Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe

The Eighth Annual Meeting of the South East European Experts Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage was held on 15-16 May 2014 in Limassol, Cyprus. It was organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice ( Italy). The main thematic topic for the meeting was “Intangible cultural heritage: youth, transmission and education”.

It is a follow-up to the previous meetings in Arbanassi, Bulgaria, June 2007; Safranbolu, Turkey, May 2008; Zagreb, Croatia, April 2009, Râmnicu-Vâlcea, Romania, May 2010; Belgrade, Serbia, May 2011; Athens, Greece, May 2012; Sofia, Bulgaria, May 2013. On the last year’s meeting which was hosted by the Regional Centre Sofia, the main thematic topic was: “New strategies for sustainable development, tourism and partnerships”. (Declaration Sofia 2013)

The topic for this session was “Intangible cultural heritage: youth, transmission and education” and titled “Intangible cultural heritage and education: experiences, good practices, lessons learned”. There were 3 main areas of discussion:

  • The progress made by specific countries in implementing the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage;
  • The integration of intangible cultural heritage within formal and informal education programmes/systems;
  • Regional cooperation on training and capacity-building, within the framework of UNESCO’s global capacity-building strategy.

The meeting was attended by experts in representation of the ministries of culture of Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria, Croatia; Cyprus; Greece; Montenegro; Republic of Moldova; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia; The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey, as well as by representatives from Hungary, Italy and of the Regional Centre Sofia.


Conclusions and Presentations – Limassol 2014

UNESCO Venice Office for culture and science in Europe