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Download Intangible Heritage in a Tangible World
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Thursday, May 27, 2021
The Advocates and Practioners: 9:00am-12:00pm
The Innovators and Visionaries: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Tangible and intangible heritage may be very different, yet they can also be so interconnected that they can be described as two sides of the same coin. Carrying meaning and the embedded memory of humanity, tangible and intangible heritage rely on each other when it comes to understanding their meanings and importance.
Yet even as our understanding and practice of heritage evolves, there is still a tendency to explain heritage through visual and tactile interactions. It is for that reason, no doubt, that UNESCO recommended heritage sites develop new ways to bring together movable and immovable, tangible and intangible, natural and cultural heritage and “[to] develop documentation tools and standards in establishing holistic museums and heritage practices.”
In BC, our heritage conservation tools, inscribed in legislation, have not evolved in the same ways, leading heritage guardians to ask, “How do we recognize intangible heritage in a tangible environment?”
In this session, we explore this question and look closely at new directions from around the world and practices right here at home. We have divided the day into four conversations so that we can explore this vital topic from different perspectives and experiences.
The Advocates: we start the day in conversation with our panel of advocates, who have their fingers on the pulse of the big ideas and trends.
The Practitioners: in this session, we explore the inventive ways our BC colleagues incorporate intangible cultural heritage into their work. Inspiration is in our own backyard.
The Innovators: we hear from those who are breaking new ground in this session.
Helping Communities inventory their Intangible Cultural Heritage
Community-based inventorying is a process that promotes dialogue between community members and generates and systematizes ICH information with and within the community. An ICH inventory is considered one of the main tools for safeguarding ICH because it empowers communities as knowledge producers and keepers, and it encourages ICH specialization. The methodologies and their results strengthen community relations and increase awareness about the importance of the Living Heritage manifestations. In this context, inventories are crucial for knowledge transmission from generation to generation. In this session, Lucas will present techniques for inventorying, referring to some principles and characteristics of the framework. Using the local example of May Day in New Westminster, plus an international example of community-based inventorying, Lucas will demonstrate the potential of creating community-based inventories.
Lucas Dos Santos Roque, intangible cultural heritage specialist; UNESCO ICH global network of facilitators
Planning Beyond the Tangible
Heritage planning and the resulting plan is a familiar process “that deals with the preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, restoration and management of built heritage resources.” But what happens when the process embraces an expanded meaning of heritage that includes both tangible (buildings, monuments, natural landscapes) and intangible or living heritage (oral traditions, celebrations, social manners, performing arts)? This was the approach taken by the City of Vancouver when it recognized a collective responsibility to “not only relate to our past, but to identify, protect, and pass on diverse cultural values and assets to future generations.” Zlatan talks about the process of understanding and discovery and the lessons learned when developing the 2020 heritage program that focuses on reconciliation, redress, cultural heritage, urban landscapes, and tangible and intangible elements.
Zlatan Jankovic, Senior Heritage Planner, City of Vancouver
The Visionaries: Reflecting on what they heard throughout the day, we ask our final group of panelists to propose a bold call to action.
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