Hamdan Center holds workshops on heritage

HHC joint workshop 2
By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) is the first body in the Arab world to organise a series of three workshops to discuss the intangible cultural heritage of the UAE and take concrete measures to protect these for future generations.
“Currently the third workshop of the series titled ‘Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage’ is in progress and at the end a committee will be formed to implement the suggestions on the guideline being set with the expert view of Unesco officials in the 5-day meet,” said Fatima Mohammed, Senior Researcher at Research and Studies Department at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) while talking to The Gulf Today on the sidelines of the workshop on Monday.fatma Mohammed.jpeg
The workshop is being held in collaboration with the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) at Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai.
As part of the workshop, the session will include key concepts of safeguarding heritage; safeguarding (Committee; intellectual property protection); step-by-step guide for developing safeguarding plans for ICH (Intangible Cultural Heritage); scenarios for developing safeguarding plans; assessing knowledge and evaluation.
She pointed that during the workshop the participants will discuss various aspects of cultural heritage, including its preservation, with the participants of HHC employees and officials from different UAE bodies.
“After the last year workshop, the participants along with the HHC officials visited 11 sites in the UAE and practice their learning with the collaboration of the Unesco officials. After this third and final workshop in Dubai, the officials and other participants will again visit all these 11 sites to review their experience and implement the expertise,” she said.
The previous two joint workshops with the UNESCO, the HHC seeks to move forth to a new level in alignment with the broader scope of implementing ‘The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage that was passed by the UNESCO General Conference held in 2003, and the need to raise awareness about cultural manifestations and expressions’.
This year’s third and final workshop will tackle means to plan, strategize and review different scenarios in the Emirate of Dubai with real models for implementing the 2003 Convention.
Beside 20 participants from HHC staff led by Abdullah Bin Dalmook, the chief executive officer of HHC, couple of other participants from other emirates taking part in the workshop in order to empower them in developing relevant plans and practices in their respective filed of work.
“Under the directions of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, to preserve and revive intangible cultural heritage of the UAE and passing it onto the new generation, the two previous workshops with the UNESCO have helped broaden our perceptions and knowledge of how to implement the 2003 Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, and availed the opportunity to merge theory with practice – as demonstrated by last year’s workshop. The overall results have brought us closer to real implementation of the convention. With this third workshop we aim to further lay plans and scenarios of models in Dubai,” he said.
-Published in The Gulf Today
http://gulftoday.ae/portal/df392328-a686-4478-890f-1f43d26b9204.aspx

~ by jamilkhan on April 20, 2017.

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