ICH Video Production

A still-cut from the ‘Art of Doston Narration in Uzbekistan’ © National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO

Due to rapid urbanization and globalization, the environment surrounding intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is rapidly changing. Under such circumstances, storing high-quality video records of ICH elements and practices is an important means of ICH safeguarding.

Video is a digital record that can capture ICH vividly using the latest technology. With a potential to reach a wider spectrum of audience, it is an effective communication tool with the public. However, the capacity of many communities in the Asia-Pacific region to produce video materials is essentially at its nascent stage, requiring a lot of support.

As a response to this, ICHCAP supports the production and distribution of ICH documentary videos to increase the visibility of relevant heritage practices and elements in the region, with emphasis on how they are protected and transmitted. Significantly, this initiative also raises public awareness of the need to safeguard cultural assets found in the region. Documentary videos on ICH of Asia-Pacific countries are broadcasted in various countries and released through various channels such as YouTube.

Main Activities

  • Developing and Distributing Project Guidelines
  • Organizing Expert Workshop by Sub-regions
  • Organizing Expert Committee by Member States
  • Organizing Video Production Team by Member States
  • Producing ICH Videos
  • Distributing and Promoting ICH Videos

Target: 25 Member States in the Asia-Pacific

  • 1st Phase: 5 Member States in Central Asia (2015-2017)
  • 2nd Phase: 8 Member States in Southeast Asia (2017-2019)
  • 3rd Phase: 7 Member States in South Asia (2020-2022)
  • 4th Phase: 5 Member States in the Pacific (2023-2024)

Partner Organizations

Phase Sub-region State Partner Organization
1st Central Asia Uzbekistan National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO
Kyrgyzstan National Commission of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan for UNESCO
Tajikistan National Commission of the Republic of Tajikistan for UNESCO, and Tajik Film
Kazakhstan National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO
Mongolia Foundation for Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage (FPNCH)
2nd Southeast Asia Vietnam Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS)
Philippines National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
Malaysia Real Touch Sdn Bhd
Indonesia STUPPA Indonesia
Lao PDR Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism
Cambodia Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Myanmar Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture
Thailand Thammasat University
3rd South Asia Bhutan Loden Foundation
  • Partner Organizations in Korea: Educational Broadcasting System(EBS) and Asia Culture Center (ACC)


  • 10 ICH Documentary Videos by Each state (26 min duration per each video)