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Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The thirteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is taking place in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, since Monday at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC). The meeting is being chaired by the Honourable Prithvirajsing Roopun, Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of Mauritius. Love News spoke via phone to NICH President Sapna Budhrani who said talks have begun about Bruk Down and the Sambai Dance. She shared some of the details about the event.

Sapna Budhrani, President of the National Institute Of  Culture and History: “Good afternoon radio listeners and Love FM followers this is Sapna Budhrani the President of the National Institute of Culture and History. “

Reporter: What is NICH doing in Mauritius?

Sapna Budhrani, President of the National Institute Of  Culture and History: “ Mauritius is hosting the 13the session of the committee also known as the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. As you know Belize ratified this convention back in 2007. As a result we are attending this inter- governmental meeting which is among other things looking at nominations made by various states to have their elements of their intangible cultural heritage inscribed on the representative list of the intangible heritage of humanity. The 13DOTCOM allows us to understand what is happening around us and also the changes that have been made in the convention. In that way Belize would be better prepared when we would be inscribing in the future and for applying for international assistance. This is because in the next cycle Belize plans to submit nomination for UNESCO to recognize other cultural elements from Belize. We also intend to apply for international funding to assist with implementing the convention at home.”

Reporter: What other elements do you plan to nominate ?

Sapna Budhrani, President of the National Institute Of  Culture and History:  “Well we plan to start a discussion regarding the Sambai dance by Gales Point and Bruk Down Music. I hope your Chief would be happy hearing that both of which are at some risk of losing their visibility.”

Reporter: Did anything happen of note today?

Sapna Budhrani, President of the National Institute Of  Culture and History:  “Yes. Today was a very successful day for the Caribbean and Latin America where Jamaica’s Reggae was inscribed on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The Jamaican Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport was there.”

 

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