Announcing the official inauguration of the Silk Roads Living Heritage Network

The Silk Roads Living Heritage Network AD Image © ICHCAP

UNESCO-ICHCAP and its collaborative partners International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) and KF Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat, are pleased to make an announcement of the official inauguration of the Silk Roads Living Heritage Network (SRLH) on 28 October 2021 in Seoul and online.

With the aim of establishing mechanisms to ensure the effective sharing of information related to ICH safeguarding along the silk roads and building and strengthening networks among concerned stakeholders, SRLH network intends to undertake activities to emphasize the distinctive strategy to promote and operate the network concerning UNESCO’s program coinciding with UNESCO International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).

Laid the foundation since 2020, with the experience establishing various networks of the ICH field in the Asia-Pacific, including Central Asia over the past decade, ICHCAP and its collaborative partners held five preparatory committee meetings discussing general operational measures of the network, including statute, membership, etc., but also launching ceremony.

37 Festival Committees from 9 countries of the silk road region (Republic of Korea, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Mongolia, and Turkey) will join as the founding institutions, including 3 Coordinating Bureau members.

Accompanied with KF Public Diplomacy Week on 28-29 October in Seoul, the Living Heritage Forum and Online Photo Exhibition will be rolled out for the public. The secretariat is welcomed to receive interest of participation from ICH-related institutions in this region. More information is on UNESCO-ICHCAP’s website (