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Tehran ICH Centre hosts Meeting of West and Central Asian States Ambassadors with H. E. Dr. Masoud Soltanifar, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Chairman to the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) on “Mutual Cooperation to Promote Intangible Cultural Heritage

 

On 14 January 2015, the meeting of West and Central Asian States Ambassadors with H. E. Dr. Masoud Soltanifar, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Chairman to the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) on “Mutual Cooperation to Promote Intangible Cultural Heritage” took place at Museum of Vessels in Saadabad Historical-Cultural Complex in Tehran. The event was organized jointly by Tehran ICH Centre, the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and Saadabad Historical-Cultural Complex.

 

The meeting focused on the role of Tehran ICH Centre  in the implementation of the 2003 Convention, capacity-building and awareness raising at local, national, and regional levels, identification and promotion of successful safeguarding practices, programming for cooperation of states to safeguard shared Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the methods of utilizing the related capacities to promote cultural cooperation over the West and Central Asian Region, to encourage mutual cooperation and peace , and to raise awareness on the importance of The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

 

The discussions were guided based on reports by Dr. Yadollah Parmoun, the Director to Tehran ICH Centre, and Dr. Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Chairman to the Governing Council of Tehran ICH Centre. The achievements by the Islamic Republic of Iran were introduced to the guests; those included active participation in the field of World Heritage, and inscription of 17 properties on the World Heritage List; Joining the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006, as the 40th Member State; membership in the Intergovernmental Committee of the States Members to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, in 2010 and 2011; Successful inscription of 10 ICH elements on the UNESCO Lists; Moderating the drafting of the first multinational nomination on Intangible Cultural Heritage, titled “Nowrouz”, and successful inscription of the mentioned, with the collaboration of a group of the states on the Region; Membership of the Subsidiary Body responsible for the evaluation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage nominations of the year 2012; Enjoying the presence of two Iranian experts among the members of the World Network of Facilitators on Intangible Cultural Heritage, competent enough to promote capacity-building and training on ICH all over the Region, and finally Signing an agreement with the Director General of UNESCO on the Establishment of a Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia Under the Auspices of UNESCO.

In his report, the Director of the Centre also presented a survey of the history, activities, and programmes of the centre and he stated the meeting was an important opportunity to gather West and Central Asian States Ambassadors to highlight the importance of Tehran ICH centre in the field of intangible cultural heritage. He, also, introduced Tehran ICH Centre as a competent body ready to strengthen capacities over the region to safeguard its ICH, and promote acquaintance with it. He, also, mentioned the Centre’s potential to promote peace, solidarity, and rapprochement among the West and Central Asian states.

 

Mr. Mehdi Fallah Safa, the prominent young Iranian musician, researcher, on music and player of Tar, the major Iranian classical Music Instrument, Introduced and performed  “Radif of Iranian Classical Music”, an ICH element of Iran, inscribed in 2009 on UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. His performance the last part of the programme.

On the sidelines of this meeting, the exhibition presented more than 50 photos featuring oral traditions, traditional music, dance and theater, social practices, rituals and festivals, as well as traditional knowledge and skills that communities and groups in West and Central Asia, registered on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

 
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