From 14 to 17 May, a group of researchers, artisans, custodians of traditional knowledge, and representatives of government institutions and NGOs gathered to receive a training on “Intangible cultural heritage of the silk road: identification and inventory in Kyrgyzstan” at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Bishkek. The training was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Almaty Cluster Office which oversees Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan with the financial support of the European Union. The training provided participants with an opportunity to learn more about the contents of the 2003 UNESCO Convention, its methods and techniques of identification and inventory of intangible values.
The training provided workshops on taking high-quality photos and films, as well as on mapping. The groups applied these newly acquired techniques to practice in the field by engaging and testing them.
On the final day, on 17 May, they summarized their experiences from the field work and set off to develop mini-projects on the collection of intangible cultural heritage of the Kyrgyz Republic to be included in the UNESCO inventory list. The group of participants, over the course of six months, will continue to conduct joint programmes for the inventory of intangible cultural heritage in the Kyrgyz Republic.