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UNESCO-Samsung Partnership for the Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO-Samsung Partnership for the Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO and Samsung Electronics Co. launched in December 2004 a Partnership project for the promotion and preservation of the intangible cultural heritage.

UNESCO seeks more visibility and awareness when it comes to the importance of safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage. By sharing its resources and networks, Samsung help promote the visibility of UNESCO’s efforts in this field.

what is Intangible Heritage?
The intangible cultural heritage is defined as “the practices, representations, expressions, as well as the knowledge and skills, that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage.” As an example the picture portrays The Sbek Thom, shadow theatre, a Cambodian ceremony which was almost wiped out under the repressive Khmer Rouge regime but since 1979 has undergone a revival thanks to the few surviving artists.

In collaboration with UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage Section, UNESCO's Bureau of Public Information and Samsung together carry out the following activities:

  • Production of audiovisual contents on the intangible cultural heritage by BBC World Ltd. (UK)
  • Financing of a Manual on the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • Development of a photo series of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
  • Renovation of the Intangible Heritage Homepage in the UNESCO website.
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