NewPilgrimAge at UNESCO’s workshop

Author: Jasna Fakin Bajec, ZRC SAZU

The Slovenian ethnographic museum, which is the Coordinator for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural heritage in Slovenia, organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture (Directorate for Cultural Heritage) a capacity-building workshop entitled: Implementing the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) at the national level. The workshop was carried out 22-26 January 2018 by Nikolai Vukov, PhD and Tamara Nikolic Djeric, experts from the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding ICH in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO from Sofia. One of the member of ZRC SAZU’S team, Jasna Fakin Bajec actively attended the workshop and find out many interesting facts, which are important also for the research work in the framework of the NewPilgrimAge project. Among many things the experts put special attention on the role of community in safeguarding process. Community has become one of the most important actors in heritage practices. Besides, experts highlighted the concept of safeguarding as well, which is completely in contrast with the concept conservation. The participants also discussed how to inscribe the heritage element on the Unseco’s list of intangible cultural heritage for humanity.


Among lectures, the workshop also included the work in groups where participants talked about their experiences, good and less good case studies and projects on which they recently worked. Jasna Fakin Bajec presented the work in the NPA project and some findings from the First Transnational exchange meeting. Moreover, as some partners want to inscribe St. Martin’s heritage on this Unesco’s list, the researcher of ZRC SAZU together with the representative of the UNESCO Hungarian National Committee gave to all NPA’s partners short explanation what is intangible cultural heritage and what are the benefits of its inscription on Unesco’s list in the Second transnational meeting.