Mediterranean Living Heritage (MedLiHer)

Intangible culture heritage in Damietta as a part of the Nile Heritage

Training workshop on preparation of nomination file of ICH elements to be inscribed on UNESCO ICH lists


The workshop of the preparation of nomination files to inscribe elements of Intangible Heritage on UNESCO ICH list is considered the second workshop following Damietta workshop for scholrs on “preparing Intangible Cultural Heritage lists”. The workshop was held from 14 to 24 July 2012 as part of the third phase of MEDLIHER project that includes Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. 


 MEDLIHER project in Egypt included three phases, the first phase was monitoring the current status of the intangible heritage in Egypt. In the second phase, Intangible Cultural Heritage in Damietta was selected to be an example of ICH in Egypt. The third and last phase of the project consisted of two workshops. The last phase lasted four months in which the field researchers included 50 elements in Damietta in the Intangible cultural heritage inventory.

The main objective of the last workshop was to train field researchers on preparing nomination files of ICH elements.
Ms. TAMAR TENEISHVILI, Head of Culture Department at UNESCO’s Regional Office in Cairo, inaugurated the workshop and she mentioned in her opening speech the objective of the workshop within the framework of the Convention of Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. Following Ms. TENEISHVILI’s speech, Dr. Samih Shaalan gave the speech of the scientific committee that revised the material of the field work. Eng. Safwat Salem, Secretary General of the Egyptian National Commission, concluded the opening session by talking about MEDLIHER project and he summarized all the efforts done in the project. To conclude the opening ceremony, Mr. Ayman Khoury summarized the field work through some documented photos which represented different phases of the project



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