Webinar: Theme Year Living Heritage 2023 – 07/11/2022

Year 2023 is a milestone in the history of the work around Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is the 20th anniversary of the 2003 Convention. At the same time, it will be celebrated throughout our continent as the European Heritage Days (EHD) theme year “Living Heritage”. These two initiatives give a firm background to lift up ICH in the agendas all across Europe! It will be a great possibility to create new kind of visibility for ICH and create synergies with institutions in national level.

Therefore, the European Network of Focal Points (ENFP) organised a webinar on the 7th November to give more information and to inspire colleagues to make the best out of this theme year.

In the programme we heard presentations from UNESCO/ Living Heritage Entity and also from the Council of Europe on the EHD theme year. After this we heard some inspirational examples from colleagues in different corners of Europe. In the small groups we continued planning the year and sharing ideas on how to best celebrate and benefit from the year.

The webinar was open for the experts working in the core of the implementation of the 2003 Convention in the region (UNESCO Group I and II countries): focal points, facilitators and NGOs involved in the coordination of the Convention. Furthermore, coordinators of the European Heritage Days were warmly welcome.

The language of the webinar was English. A recording of the plenary sessions will soon be available online.


13.00 Opening of the webinar, the ENFP steering committee
13.10 Anniversary of the UNESCO 2003 Convention, Tim Curtis, UNESCO
13.20 European heritage days theme year 2023 Living Heritage, Sergei Bazarya, Council of Europe
13.25 European Union and intangible cultural heritage, Pia Sopta, Commission of Europe

13.35 Inspiration from EHD coordinators, panel chaired by Jorijn Neyrinck (UNESCO 2003 facilitator) with Hakan Shearer Demir (Council of Europe), Nada Andonovska (North Macedonia) and Anuška Deranja Crnokic (Croatia)

14.00 Inspiration from UNESCO 2003 focal points, panel chaired by Ioanna Baskerville (Romania) with a.o Sophie Mullyaert (Belgium), Leena Marsio (Finland) and Lily Martinet (France)

14.30 Break
14.40 Brainstorming in small groups about the ideas around the theme year
15.10 Discussion and Conclusions
15.30 End of the webinar

More information
Leena Marsio, Finnish Heritage Agency: leena.marsio@museovirasto.fi
European Network Focal Points: enfp2003network@gmail.com

Read more about the ENFP and our previous webinar

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