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UNESCO selects Kingston for intangible cultural heritage pilot

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange says that Kingston is among the first group of cities selected by UNESCO to ­participate in its community-based Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Urban Contexts pilot project.

Grange made the announcement on Monday at the opening of a week-long workshop – held at the Trench Town Multipurpose Centre – examining the types of intangible cultural heritage that exist within communities in Kingston.

“Many Jamaicans associate intangible cultural heritage with the rural areas and of a past era when our elders would transmit to us knowledge about plants, Anansi stories, duppies, and how to make the best run dung. This workshop, will, however, for the first time, examine what intangible cultural heritage exists within an urban space. The fact that Jamaica, and Kingston in particular, was selected for this pilot is a signal from UNESCO of the respect it has for the island’s culture elements,” Grange said.

The workshop includes participants from the communities of Trench Town and Port Royal.

The UNESCO project seeks to contribute to the international debate on safeguarding heritage in urban contexts with links to sustainable development through community-based inventories of intangible cultural heritage in nine cities in different regions of the world.

The first group of pilot cities will also involve communities in George Town (Malaysia) and Harare (Zimbabwe).

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (centre) in conversation with participants of the workshop on intangible cultural heritage being held at the Trench Town Multipurpose Centre.