Transnational Proposals

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Multi-national Expressions of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Many expressions of the intangible cultural heritage stretch across borders and contribute to the identity of two or more states. The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage encourages proposals for heritage listings which are jointly-drafted by several States Parties. Whether preparing a nomination for the Urgent Safeguarding List or for the Representative List, transnational proposals often turn out to be the most difficult proposals to prepare.

Nominations of such nature require adequate expertise, terminological and formal knowledge as well as writing skills, while at the same time demand an equal level of enthusiasm and motivation to be present in all national agencies and all practitioner communities involved. Often the coordinating agency or community spends a considerable amount of time aiming to collect information from other partners or experiences delays waiting to receive responses and consents from other participating states. Here we can help!

think heritage! offers its services to help coordinate and manage your multi-national nomination, bring all the partners together and follow-up with information provision and community consultation for each partnering State Party. During this process think heritage! gathers the information required to compile a complete nomination file, in addition we can link the contributions maintaining consistent language and policy approaches. think heritage! aims to be a facilitator among the partners concerned, and allows each individual State Party involved to save time and effort through combining their individual strengths during the preparation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage listing proposal and the development of a joint safeguarding plan.