Film Documentaries on Samoan Traditional Crafts

The Samoan government’s efforts to revitalize fine mat weaving (‘ie sae) and the making of siapo or tapa, a bark cloth art, now includes a series of short films describing the processes. The film series was commissioned by the Ministry...

Philippines’ First International Conference on ICH

Over two hundred scholars, cultural workers, artists, business management experts, and social and natural scientists from the Philippines, Brunei, USA, Liberia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, and Australia gathered for Pagtib-ong: The UPV International Conference on Intangible Heritage on 25 and...

The 6th International Festival of ICH in Chengdu, China

The 6th International Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place from 10 to 18 June in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. The festival was initiated in 2007 to celebrate the country’s Cultural Heritage Day. For the past ten years, the...

Translating Oral Traditions

Oral traditions are expressions through which many cultures have historically passed on their heritage to the next generation. In the tradition of storytelling, the spoken word carries not only the memory of a community’s views and values but also the...

The Remarkable Revival of Vietnamese Xoan Music

In just six years, an important element of intangible cultural heritage went from being an element in need of urgent safeguarding to being an active part of the lives of Vietnamese people. The Hat Xoan Phu Tho tradition, a distinctive...

Rickshaw Painting: Bangladeshi Art

Introducing rickshaws, three-wheeled non-motorized passenger carts, to the urban areas of Bangladesh in the 1940s led to a new art form, rickshaw painting. Rickshaw painters learn their craftsmanship from mentors at workshops. Their passion is evident in the painted backboards...


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