SUPPORT FOR THE REGISTRATION OF THE PONTE… NAS ONDAS! TO THE UNESCO REGISTER OF GOOD SAFEGUARDING PRACTICES OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE
PONTE… NAS ONDAS! CANDIDATE TO THE UNESCO REGISTER OF GOOD SAFEGUARDING PRACTICES OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE
Both Spain and Portugal have presented in the UNESCO headquarters the candidacy of Ponte… Nas Ondas! to the register of Good Safeguarding Practices of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Willing to know what Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is?
The “Intangible Cultural Heritage” are, according to UNESCO, “the practices, representations, expressions, as well as the knowledge and skills (including instruments, objects, artifacts, cultural spaces), that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage. This cultural heritage, which is passed on throughout generations, is replicated constantly by communities and different groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity”.
Which are the UNESCO’s ICH lists?
• Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
• List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding
• Register of Good Safeguarding Practices
What are Good Safeguarding Practices?
Broadly, they are those programs, projects and activities, performed in their natural area or internationally, that best reflect the principles and the objective of the convention of safeguarding the ICH.
How is the registration procedure?
Once the multinational application for Portugal and Spain is presented, before the 31st of March of 2021, the process continues with the following deadlines:
• 30th June: Deadline by which the Secretariat will have processed the files, including registration and acknowledgement of receipt. If any file is found incomplete, additional documents may be required.
• 30th September: Deadline by which missing information required to complete files, if any, shall be submitted by the State Party to the Secretariat.
• December 2021 – May 2022: Evaluation of the files presented to the Evaluation Body.
• April – June 2022: Meeting for final evaluation by the Evaluation Body.
• November – December 2022: The Committee examines the nominations and makes its decisions.
Why Ponte… Nas Ondas! should be part of Good Safeguarding Practice?
Along with the Convention of Safeguarding of ICH there is a key role given to education as a form to preserve and transmit ICH to the new generations. Its highly recommended to make young people direct participants in the gathering and promotion of their community’s heritage.
This is what PNO! kept working for since more than two decades ago: helping to spread the intangible heritage of the Galician-Portuguese communities.