Seminar “Inventory of intangible cultural heritage with the participation of communities” is held in Karshi

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- The national seminar “Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage with Community Participation” will be held from 3 to 10 December 2018 in Karshi (Uzbekistan) and will be continued with field works on bakhshi art until 21 December 2018.

The seminar is held within the framework of the UNESCO regular program “Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Uzbekistan through the strengthening of the national capacity for inventorying ICH and its integration into the education system”.

The event is organized by the UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan is located at the crossroads of ancient civilizations. Its territory is an ensemble of elements and monuments of cultural heritage, which symbolize a common history and reflect amazing cultural diversity. Among them, a special place is occupied by elements of intangible cultural heritage, which are customs, forms of representation and expression, knowledge and skills - as well as associated tools, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces - recognized by communities, groups and, in some cases, individual individuals as part of their cultural heritage. Such heritage is the art of bahshi and dastan.

The main purpose of the event is to strengthen the national capacity in the effective implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, in particular, teaching methods for preparing and developing community inventory of ICHs, including the preservation of the art of bashi and dastan.

The event will be attended by experts in the field of intangible cultural heritage, as well as the practice of Bakhshi art from Karakalpakstan, Tashkent, Surkhandarya, Khorezm and Kashkadarya regions.

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