Intangible Cultural Heritage Workshop, 2011 /AE//GAMS Arts & Cultural Festival 05 September 2011, City of Windhoek (Namibia)The City of Windhoek will hold its Annual /Ae//Gams festival from 4 to 10 September 2011. The aim of the festival is to bring together the visitors and Windhoek city residents to reflect Namibia diverse cultures as well as to improve the city identity and showcase the City Of Windhoek as a vibrant cultural and tourist experience.
The term ‘cultural heritage’ has changed content considerably in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.
The City of Windhoek will hold its Annual /Ae//Gams festival from 4 to 10 September 2011. The aim of the festival is to bring together the visitors and Windhoek city residents to reflect Namibia diverse cultures as well as to improve the city identity and showcase the City Of Windhoek as a vibrant cultural and tourist experience.
As part of this years programme, the City of Windhoek division of Economic Development and Tourism under the Department of Economic Development and Community Services will organise a one day training workshop on identification, inventorying and safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The workshop will be attended by a variety of cultural groups and cultural practitioners operating in the City and its surroundings. The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness about the practical aspects of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as recognition of cultural heritage as an important resource for economic and social development. As part of UNESCO’s mandate on promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO Windhoek Cluster Office supported the training financially and donated materials such as the Basic texts of the 2003 Convention and Representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of humanity.