19 November 2020     UNESCO 

President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals, Mr Kaloyan Nikolov has shared his experience and knowledge in the Webinar: Life, Environment, and ICH along the Silk Roads & Strategic Meeting on Silk Roads ICH Networking.

Mr Nikolov was one of the twenty fifth experts from ten countries who have given recommendations in the field, during the online forum that was held on 18th and 19th of November 2020.

The aim of the webinar is to create mechanisms to ensure the effective sharing of information related to ICH safeguarding.

ICHCAP intends to undertake activities to enhance access to and the availability of ICH information and strengthen information and networking capacity, targeting ICH stakeholders.

As part of these efforts, ICHCAP has teamed up with Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat and IICAS to develop a survey about ICH festivals along the Silk Roads. This program is the first phase of a longer-term commitment to extend the network to include other ICH forms in the future.

ICHCAP has supported ICH networking in Central Asia, the northern Silk Roads axis, for the past decade. ICHCAP and Uzbekistan signed a three-party MOU to activate the Silk Road intangible cultural heritage network in 2019, which was followed by a Central Asia Sub-regional network meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2019.

Two-day program of the webinar was live on the YouTube channel of ICHCAP in English, Korean and Russian languages.