The Unesco intangibile cultural heritage. A convention with the leading international experts will be held in Venice

Venice October 28th 2013

Defined the subjects of the international convention: “The Intangible Cultural Heritage and Tourist Activities: the Case of Venice”, which will be held at the Venice Cruise Port, Terminal 103 on November 22nd and 23rd 2013.

The summit, organized by Venezia Terminal Passeggeri S.p.A, with the presence of the leading worldwide experts of the sector, will introduce the National and International intangible cultural heritage and the related protection and safeguarding policies, also in order to promote its better knowledge, understanding, cataloging and richness and variety recognition. The attendance to the convention is free upon registration. The attention is focused on Venice since the convention will represent an occasion for the promotion of the Venetian candidacies for the Intangible Cultural Heritage lists, foreseen by the UNESCO 2003 Convention.

The first day, Friday November 22nd 2013, will include two sections: during the morning the focus will be “The Intangible Cultural Heritage from a Worldwide and European perspective” addressing the most international aspects of the UNESCO International Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage with particular reference to tourism, intellectual property and non-governmental organizations.

The second section, during the afternoon, will take stock of “the Venetian Intangible Cultural Heritage” with an in-depth discussion on the Serenissima’s traditions including gondolas, Murano glass-making, Burano lace-making and precious fabrics-making. Attention will also be given to the Carnival of Venice, to the Commedia dell’Arte and to the arts of dancing, from the Angel’s Flight to Vertical Dance.

During the second and final day, Saturday November 23rd 2013, the convention will focus on “the National Intangible Cultural Heritage”: an in-depth discussion on the legal protection and state of the art about some ongoing experiences and projects under investigation.

The purpose of the UNESCO Convention is to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage of the communities, groups and individuals concerned, a particular vulnerable capital of the cultural sense of identity process.
The Intangible Cultural Heritage includes oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, music, festive events, rituals, traditional craftsmanship and social and traditional practice.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage is made of intangible elements which are not less precious of the tangible ones, and must be considered as items of cultural interest of the entire Humanity and consequently safeguarded at a Worldwide and National level.

Under the Convention have been set up the Urgent Safeguarding List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Humanity, the Register of the Best Safeguarding Practices.

The following elements proposed by Italy are currently inscribed in the first list:  the ‘Opera dei Pupi Siciliani’ Sicilian Puppet Theatre, a unique theatral art in the European panorama; the Canto a Tenore of Barbagia Sardinian Pastoral songs, one of the most extraordinary examples of polyphony of the Mediterranean, for complexity, timbric richness and expressiveness; the Mediterranean Diet, inscribed  by our Country together with Morocco, Spain and Greece, consisting in a nutritional model inspired by the alimentary habits of Mediterranean basin Countries; and finally “the traditional violin craftsmanship in Cremona”, the violin-maker art, worldwide highly renowned and appreciated for its techniques in the process of creating and restoring music instruments.

The scientific committee is composed by: Maria Laura Picchio Forlati, Italian Society of International Law, Scuola di San Rocco; Tullio Scovazzi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan; Benedetta Ubertazzi, University of Macerata, Von Humboldt Foundation; Lauso Zagato, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.

The attendance to the convention, which is the only one of this kind, is free upon registration. For attendance please visit the following Web site and download the registration form.

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