13th Annual Meeting of the South-East European Experts Network on ICH

Community-based inventorying workshop in Tirana
Arts and crafts week in Plovdiv

Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage at local level:
governance frameworks and community engagement


The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and the Regional Centre Sofia were convening the 13th Annual Meeting of the South-East European Experts Network on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cremona on 16-18 June 2019.

This year’s meeting, hosted by Italy upon proposal of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, was the latest in a series dating back to 2007, when the first workshop was held in Arbanasi, Bulgaria. This year’s meeting of the network in Cremona allowed participants to develop their institutional and operational capacities on Intangible Cultural Heritage-related policy frameworks for safeguarding, with special focus on the engagement of local community actors. To this end, the programme combined presentations with workshop discussions and group exercises led by technical facilitators, taking the “Traditional Violin Craftsmanship in Cremona” (inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012) as case study, while encouraging participants to share their respective experiences at country level.

Photo: Giovanni Tagini/Traditional Violin Craftsmanship in Cremona