2020 ICH NGO Conference

2020 ICH NGO Conference

“ICH and Resilience in Crisis”

Implication in the Era of B.C.(Before Corona) and A.C.(After Corona)

Concept Note


Venue Online Conference
Main Theme ICH and Resilience in Crisis: Implication in the Era of B.C. (Before Corona) and A.C. (After Corona)
  • Representatives from the ICH NGOs, Researchers, Experts
  • Various stakeholders including UNESCO
Language English
  • International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP)
  • ICH NGO Forum


Even though we are encountered extraordinary conditions due to the COVID-19, both co-organizers decide to continue cooperative exchanges among ICH NGOs in this challenging time by changing the conference format to online. Therefore, this year, as a timely issue, the conference aims to thoroughly understand the broadness and depth of ICH NGOs’ roles and challenges, particularly in the education field. Since the breaking of the pandemic, diverse cultural institutes, such as museums and galleries, offered online access to all, and UNESCO also has been trying to collect case studies in the line with the 2003 Convention and sustainable development, particularly SDG 4 Quality Education.

The value illumines when the situation is in hardship. So is the intangible cultural heritage. These days, it is called as living heritage, which emphasizes the characteristics of a source of resilience, inspiration, joy, and solidarity. This conference will be a ground for diverse stakeholders centering on NGOs to overcome the crisis for the bright future.


The 2020 ICH NGO Conference aims to better understand the interrelationship between intangible cultural heritage and education in the sense of sustainable development, to discover good practices, and empower ICH NGOs in the region through sharing useful experiences and information on their activities. Notably, by strengthening NGO networks in the world under the current unexpected crisis, Many ICH NGOs, based on their experience and specialties, conduct activities in diverse ways. As NGOs are mediators bridging between governments and communities, it is crucial to share their activities and build a network for vitalizing their ICH safeguarding activities for the sustainable development of humanity.

  • To understand and examine the effects and roles of ICH NGOs in crisis
  • To widen the scope of reachable, adaptable, and practical ICH safeguarding tools

Day 1

12 November 2020

14:00-14:10 Opening
14:10-14:30 Special Lecture 1: Resilience System Analysis

Roberto Martinez Yllescas
(OECD in Mexico)

Session 1

In the Vortex: COVID-19 Era, Roles of NGOs to Safeguard ICH

Moderator: Mr. KEUM Gi Hyung(ICHCAP)

14:30-14:45 Uncovering the veil of immaterial cultural heritage towards and autonomous management of well-being as well as cultural and territorial preservation Carolina Bermúdez
(Fundación Etnollano)
14:45-15:00 Holistic Development Model of Community-Based Intangible Cultural Heritage of Yuen Long District in Hong Kong of China Kai-kwong Choi
(Life Encouraging Fund)
15:00-15:15 Indigenous Knowledge System as a vector in combating COVID-19 Alington Ndlovu
(Amagugu International Heritage Centre)
15:15-15:30 Enlivening Dyeing Tradition and ICH: The initiative of ARHI in North East of India Dibya Borah
15:30-16:00 Discussion
16:00-17:30 BREAK

Session 2

Homo Ludens vs. Home Ludens: changed features COVID-19 brought

Moderator: Ms. Reme Sakr(Syria Trust for Development)

17:30-17:45 The popular reaction to COVID-19 from the Intangible Cultural Heritage among member cities of the ICCN Julio Nacher
(ICCN Secretariat, Algemesi, Spain)
17:45-18:00 Innovation for Arts and Cultural Education Amid a Pandemic Jeffrey Poulin
(Creative Generation)
18:00-18:15 Promoting Heritage Education through Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Kalasha Valleys of Pakistan Ghiasuddin Pir & Meeza Ubaid (THAPP)
18:15-18:30 Shifting to Online Activities: Digital Divide among the NGOs and ICH Communities in Korea Hanhee Hahm
18:30-19:00 Discussion

Day 2

13 November 2020

14:00-14:20 Special Lecture 2: Survey on the Regional Imbalance of NGOs
Matti Hakamäki
(Finnish Folk Music Institute)

Session 3

Consilience: Prototype vs. Archetype for Educational Source

Moderator: Ms. Ananya Bhattacharya(Contact Base)

14:20-14:35 Crafting a Post Covid-19 World: Building Greater Resilience in the Crafts Sector through Strengthening Ties with its Community’s Cultural System Joseph Lo
(World Crafts Council International)
14:35-14:50 Arts and Influence: Untangling Corporate Engagement in the Cultural Sector Nicholas Pozek
(Columbia University)
14:50-15:05 ICH in the South-Western Alps: Empowering communities through youth education on nature and cultural practices Alessio Re
(Santagata Foundation for the Economy of Culture)
15:05-15:35 Discussion
15:35-15:50 Break
15:50-17:00 Plenary Discussion Post Corona: Between Calm and Passion
Moderator. Dr. Janet Blake
17:00-17:20 Outcome Document Declaration
17:20-17:30 Closing

* Programs and speakers shall be changed concerning the situation