Intangible Cultural Heritage and Civic Life

2019 World Forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage l Performance Hall l Oct 10(Thu)-12(Sat), 2019

A joyful village celebration, the entire community dancing together regardless of age or gender, skills to craft everyday items for the home and work.
Awareness of intangible cultural heritage does not come as easily as tangible heritage with physical form. However, intangible heritage is the soul of cultural heritage, and carries its essence. This is why the UNESCO views intangible heritage as the repository of human creativity and cultural diversity. This living heritage is transmitted across generations, but also changes along with the times, which gives it the characteristics of both tradition and modernity. It holds immense value in the lives of ordinary people of its day and age. However, due to the unfamiliarity of the concept and its formless nature, it can be difficult to understand its impact on our lives.

Intangible cultural heritage exists closer to us than we think. It adds fun to our daily lives, makes our society worth living in, enhances individual capacities, and adds value to our lives. At this forum, we want to explore how this living heritage enriches and adds value to our lives, and the role it plays in sustainable development and individual capacity-building, through the keywords of “enjoyment and participation”, “solidarity and respect”, and “study and learning”, with case studies from specialized institutions in the respective fields.

Through this forum, some of us may discover the beauty of intangible cultural heritage in our daily lives, and others might even go on to become protectors of intangible cultural heritage in the future. We also hope that it would be an opportunity for professionals and institutions in the field of intangible cultural heritage to further expand their current safeguarding activities.

Intangible cultural heritage
enriches our lives.
It solves societal problems.
It empowers individuals.


Language: English/Korean (Simultaneous Interpretation)

October 10 (Thu)

Day 1-1 : Opening 09:30~11:50 | Performance Hall

Time Schedule
09:00 ~ 09:30 Registration
09:30 ~ 10:10 Opening

Special Lecture / Keynotes
(Moderator: Dr. Kyung-Koo Han, Professor, Seoul National University, Korea)

10:10 ~ 11:10 Keynotes

  • Keynote 1. Enrich, Include and Empower: Living Heritage
    (Prof. Marc Jacobs, Critical Heritage Studies in the Faculty of Design Sciences, University Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Keynote 2. Value of ICH in the Contemporary Lives of People
    (Prof. Yon Ho Suh, Chair of the ICH Committee, Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea)
11:10 ~ 11:50 Special Lecture: Sustainable Development, Civic Life, and ICH
(Mr. Ki-moon Ban, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations)

Day 1-2 13:30~18:10 | Floor 3F Conference Hall | Go to YouTube Live 10. 10.(Thu), 13:30-18:10

Time Schedule

Session 1. Enriching Life: Enjoyment and Participation
(Moderator: Dr. Jang-Sik Jang, National Folk Museum of Korea)

13:30 ~ 15:10
  • Richness Resulting from Diversity: Staging World Performing Arts at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, Paris
    (Mr. Pierre Bois, Scientific Advisor, Maison des Cultures du Monde)
  • Sacred Sites as Living Heritage: Enriching Community Life
    (Ms. Cholponai Usubalieva-Grishchuk, Aigine, Kyrgyzstan)
  • Nordic Safeguarding Practices: Safeguarding from Civil Society
    (Dr. Leena Marsio, Finnish Heritage Agency)
  • George Town Heritage Celebrations: Community Mobilization and Empowerment
    (Dr. Ang Ming Chee, General Manager, George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Malaysia)
15:10 ~ 15:20 Coffee break

Session 2. Inclusive Society: Solidarity and Respect
(Moderator: Mr. Gi Hyung Keum, Director-General, ICHCAP)

15:20 ~ 17:00
  • Inclusivity through ICH: How Cambodian Living Arts is working towards a more diverse and inclusive society
    (Ms. Yon Sokhorn, Cambodian Living Arts)
  • Adapting Ancient ICH for New Situation
    (Mr. Yeo Kirk Siang, National Heritage Board, Singapore)
  • Adapting Ancient ICH for New Situations
    (Dr. Karma Phuntsho, Loden Foundation of Bhutan)
  • Made51: Bringing Refugee-made Craft to the Global Market
    (Mr. Aurore Lebouchard, Protection Officer, UNHCR Representation in the Republic of Korea)
17:00 ~ 17:10 Coffee break
17:10 ~ 18:10 (60 min) Panel Discussion 1. Agency of the Public in ICH Enjoyment: Direction for ICH Promotion Activities and Policy

  • Moderator: Dr. Jeongsook Chung (Representative Director, Jeonju Cultural Foundation)
  • Panels
    Dr. Urtnasan Norov (Foundation for the Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage, Mongolia)
    Dr. Le Thi Minh Ly (Director, Center for Research and Promotion Cultural Heritage Vietnam)
    Mr. Ok-Sub Jin (President, Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation)
    Prof. Kyeongmi Kim (Director, Jeonbuk Culture and Tourism Foundation)

    Dr. Heekyung Choi (International Women and Family Foundation)

Session 1: Enriching Life: Enjoyment and Participation
Overview: How does ICH make our lives more enjoyable, beautiful, and enriched? How does living heritage enrich civic life? This session presents case studies that highlight how non-ICH specialists and those with no professional training in heritage work are brought to take interest in and participate in the enjoyment of ICH.

Session 2: Inclusive Society: Solidarity and Respect
Overview: ICH cannot only solve global problems such as environmental issues and food security, but also enhance civic life by resolving conflicts and building solidarity within society. This session presents ICH activities that help us understand the larger role of living heritage in public life.

Panel Discussion 1: Agency of the Public in ICH Enjoyment: Direction for ICH Promotion Activities and Policy
Overview: Sessions 1 and 2 focus on case studies related to the enjoyment of ICH and the social value of ICH respectively, connected to the activities of promotional organizations that initiate participatory activities and policy institutions that build social infrastructures. The goal of this discussion is to think about the direction of promotional activities and policy-making to achieve sustainability in civic life.

Day 2. October 11 (Fri)
Time Schedule

Session 3. Empowering Individual: Study and Learning
(Moderator: Weon Mo Park, Director, Office of Cooperation and Networking, ICHCAP)

09:30 ~ 11:30
  • Action-Transmitted Knowledge for Mastery and Inclusion
    (Ms. Torunn Elise Kveen, Study Association of Culture and Tradition, Norway)
  • Exploring Knowledge: Preserving and Sharing Knowledge on Heritage
    (Dr. Dale Jarvis, Heritage Foundation)
  • Matter of Making
    (Dr. Anne Pedersen, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)
  • A School of Living Tradition
    (Ms. Renee Talavera, Head of the Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts Section, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Philippines)
  • Voices of the Wind: Celebrating Traditional Musicians of Laos
    (Ms. Tara Gujadhur, Co-Director, Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Laos)
11:30 ~ 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 ~ 12:45 Panel discussion 2. Agency of the Public in ICH Safeguarding – Direction for ICH Education and Research

  • Moderator: Mr. Utak Chung (Policy Advisor to the Global Citizenship Education)
  • Panels
    Mr. Dilshod Rahimi (Vice-Director, Research Institute of Culture and Information)
    Mr. Tsetsenbileg Magsarjav (Head, Department for Cultural Heritage Registration and Research, National Center for Cultural Heritage, Mongolia)
    Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa (Researcher, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies)
    Mr. Seung-Bum Lim (National Intangible Heritage Center, Korea)
    Prof. Tae-han Hong (Chief Editor, Intangible Cultural Heritage Society)
12:45 ~ 14:00 Lunch
15:00 ~ 17:00 Opening: Festival of Korean Intangible Cultural Heritage

Session 3 : Empowering Individual: Study and Learning

  • Overview : From participant to professional. ICH becomes more than a hobby for some, as it develops into a vocation and means of self-actualization. The knowledge and wisdom contained in ICH also breed insight, raise awareness, and provide a source of income for the individual to realize their full potential in society.

Panel Discussion 2 : Agency of the Public in ICH Safeguarding – Direction for ICH Education and Research

  • Overview : Education increases participation of people with little background in ICH. It also enhances the expertise of ICH practitioners (heritage managers, cultural experts, tradition bearers, and so on), helping them grow as protectors of ICH and fostering more active safeguarding activities. ICH practitioners also perform research to make recommendations for policy and provide data that inform the activities of other actors. This discussion explores the direction for ICH education and research activities that transform the public into more active agents of safeguarding.

Special Session: ROK-DPRK Collaboration for ICH Safeguarding

Time Schedule
09:30-10:45 Special Session 1: ICH Safeguarding Activities in the DPRK and International Collaboration

  • Moderator: Dr. Seong-Yong Park (Assistant Director General, ICHCAP)
  • Speaker: Ms. Suzanne Ogge (Director of Museums and Heritage Projects, Studio Milou Singapore / UNESCO-accredited facilitator)
  • Panels
    Mr. Jinsung Jeon (Director, Division of Culture, Korean National Commission for UNESCO)
    Mr. Deok-soon Kim (Director, Office of Information and Research, ICHCAP)
    Ms. Jing Guan (Training Programme Coordinator of Training Division, CRIHAP)
    Dr. Urtnasan Norov (Former Secretary-General, Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO)
11:00-12:15 Special Session 2: Collaboration between the Two Koreas for Safeguarding ICH

  • Moderator: Prof. Yong-ho Hŏ (Korea National University of Arts)
  • Speaker: Prof. Sangmee Bak (Professor, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea)
  • Panels
    Dr. Samuel Lee (Executive Chairman, Korea Dialogue Academy)
    Mr. Young-jeong Park (Head, Arts Policy Research Division, Korea Culture and Tourism Institute)
    Mr. Hyoung-Jin Lim (Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea)
    Dr. Le Thi Minh Ly (Former Deputy Director, Department of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam)
11:00-12:15 Closing

Special Session 1: ICH Safeguarding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and International Cooperation

  • Overview: The DPRK has been party to the Convention since 2008. Three ICH elements of the country namely Arirang, kimchi making, and ssireum (traditional wrestling) are inscribed into the Representative List. The DPRK has updated local laws to create the institutional foundation for ICH safeguarding. This session explores safeguarding activities within the DPRK and international cooperation in the field through UNESCO.

Special Session 2: Inter-Korean Cooperation for Joint Safeguarding of ICH in the Korean Peninsula

  • Overview: The two Koreas are one nation, which share a common cultural heritage. They have been making their respective efforts in various ways to safeguard ICH. Last December, ssireum wrestling was jointly inscribed into the Representative List by the two Koreas in Mauritius, marking a new turning point in the inter-Korean relationship. This session provides discussions on ways for joint safeguarding efforts between the two Koreas for peace and reconciliation in the Korean peninsula.


Introducing domestic and foreign participants to 2019 World Forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage


Please register for our forum by October 3 online and select the day (or days) you will attend.


  • International Conference Hall, National Intangible Heritage Center
    95 Seohak-ro, Wansan-gum jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, 55101 Republic of Korea
    (Opening : Performance Hall)
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