Building capacities for the inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in Montenegro

©Lazar Pejovic – Traditional
vest (jelek) with silver buttons
Cetinje – 24-31 October 2011
A first national capacity building workshop on community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in Montenegro is organized by the UNESCO Venice Office in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the National Commission for UNESCO of Montenegro. The event brourght together experts, NGOs, community members and actors at the heart of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The objective is to build capacity of the local communities, local authorities, government officials, NGOs and other stakeholders to inventory intangible cultural heritage following a community-based approach.
The 8-day workshop will provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and tools for effective documentation and inventorying of intangible cultural heritage under the 2003 Convention and will also include a fieldwork practicum at the end of the workshop.

The facilitators of the workshop, Ms. Chiara Bortolotto from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Ms. Sasha Sreckovic, from the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, were both trained by UNESCO within a special training of trainers programme for the European region (“Strengthening national capacities for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage”) organized by UNESCO, in cooperation with the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO, in Sofia (March 2011).

As a direct follow-up, the UNESCO Venice Office is seeking now to support training and capacity-building seminars at national levels, in the South-East European region. The strategic emphasis of the Office in the coming years will lie on strengthening capacities of different stakeholders to safeguard intangible cultural heritage at the national level, and to benefit effectively from the opportunities and mechanisms of international cooperation created by the 2003 Convention, now successfully ratified by all Member States of the SEE region.