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Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cities: Multiculturalism, Social Cohesion and Sustainability

Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum
30 October
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Free

More than half the world’s population live in urban areas, and the proportion is set to increase to 68% by 2050.

Coupled with the increased globalisation and movement of people, cities are sites of rich and diverse intangible cultural heritage (ICH). In such dense urban environments, ICH can be a resource to foster social cohesion and facilitate dialogue among communities. At the same time, the rapid rate of urbanisation and development observed in cities around the world poses challenges to the safeguarding of ICH.

Titled “ICH in Cities: Multiculturalism, Social Cohesion and Sustainability”, the 2019 Intangible Cultural Heritage symposium organised by the National Heritage Board, explores the roles of ICH in multicultural cosmopolitan societies especially in terms of promoting community identity and fostering inter-cultural understanding and appreciation amongst diverse communities.

The symposium will feature international and local speakers, including ICH experts, academics, researchers and cultural practitioners. It will explore the themes of ICH in cities, including the issues and challenges relating to research and documentation of ICH in multicultural and/or urban context; the role of ICH in sustainable development; as well as the ICH frameworks, policies and initiatives that can encourage and empower communities to play a role in the safeguarding and transmission of ICH.

  • Speaker Highlights

    • Ms Hanh Duong Bich

      Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok Office

      Keynote Speech (l) Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cities: UNESCO’s New Direction and Efforts

    • Mr Keum Gi Hyung

      Director-General, International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP)

      Keynote Speech (ll) The Roles of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Multicultural Urban Societies in the Asia-Pacific Area: Issues and Challenges

    • Professor Alexandra Bitusikova

      Professor in Social Anthropology; Head of Research, Matej Bel University, Banksa Bystrica, Slovakia

      Track 1 – ICH and Multiculturalism: Issues and
      Challenges

      Can (Intangible) Cultural Heritage be the Key to an Inclusive and Sustainable City?

    • Dr Albert van der Zeijden

      ICH Specialist & Researcher, Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage

      Track 1 – ICH and Multiculturalism: Issues and
      Challenges

      Ethnic Diversity in the Netherlands: Municipal Policies and the Role of Entrepreneurs in Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

    • Dr Vivienne Wee

      Anthropologist & Director of Ethnographica Private Limited

      Track 1 – ICH and Multiculturalism: Issues and
      Challenges

      Multiple Streams of Singapore’s Cultural Heritage: Recognising a Port City’s Complex History

    • Dr Lai Ah Eng

      Adjunct Senior Fellow Associate, University Scholar Programme, National University of Singapore

      Track 1 – ICH and Multiculturalism: Issues and
      Challenges

      A World of Colourful Contrasts: Some Complementarities and Contestations in Multicultural Singapore’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

    • Mr David Brown

      Director, Policy & Research, National Cultural & Creative Industries Council (NCCIC), Ministry of Culture, Gender Entertainment & Sport, Jamaica

      Track 2 – Safeguarding ICH in Multicultural Societies

      Searching for the Maroons: Lessons in Safeguarding the Intangible in Secret Societies

    • Mr Loic Bienassis

      Researcher & Project Manager, European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food (IEHCA), France

      Track 2 – Safeguarding ICH in Multicultural Societies

      The Gastronomic Meal of the French and Multiculturality – A Neglected Question?

    • Ms Suhaili Osman

      Curator, Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore

      Track 2 – Safeguarding ICH in Multicultural Societies

      Racun dan Penawar: Opportunities and Challenges of Traditional Malay Medicine as Sustainable Complementary Health Practice

    • Mr Leonce Ki

      Executive Secretary, Association for the Protection of Masks (ASAMA), Burkina Faso

      Track 3 – ICH and Sustainable Development

      FESTIMA and Sustainable Development

    • Professor Pornrat Damrhung

      Professor, Dramatic Arts Department, Chulalongkorn University

      Track 3 – ICH and Sustainable Development

      Create Sustainable Khon in Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Perspectives

    • Mr Kelvin Ang

      Director, Conservation Management, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore

      Track 3 – ICH and Sustainable Development

      The Role of Conservation in Sustainable Development

    • Professor Pier Luigi Petrillo

      Professor, Comparative Public Law, University of Rome, Unitelma Sapienza, Italy

      Track 4 – Cultural Policies and Frameworks on ICH

      The Legal Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in a Comparative Perspective

    • Mr Khalid Bin Syed Ali

      Director, ICH Division, Department of National Heritage, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia

      Track 4 – Cultural Policies and Frameworks on ICH

    • Mr Timothy Chin

      Director, Arts and Heritage Division, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore

      Track 4 – Cultural Policies and Frameworks on ICH

      Intangible Cultural Heritage in Singapore

  • Programme

    8.30am

    Registration


    9.00am

    Opening Address

    by Guest of Honour, Ms Sim Ann
    Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth


    9.15am

    Keynote Speech (l): Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cities: UNESCO’s New Direction and Efforts

    by Ms Duong Bich Hanh
    Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok Office


    9.30am

    Keynote Speech (ll): The Roles of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Multicultural Urban Societies in the Asia-Pacific Area: Issues and Challenges

    by Mr Keum Gi Hyung
    Director-General, International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP)


    9.45am

    Panel Discussion and Question and Answer Session

    Moderated by Mr Yeo Kirk Siang
    Director, Heritage Research and Assessment, National Heritage Board, Singapore


    10.00am

    Tea Break


    10.30am

    Track 1 – ICH and Multiculturalism: Issues and Challenges

    Speakers:

    Professor Alexandra Bitusikova
    Professor in Social Anthropology; Head of Research, Matej Bel
    University, Banksa Bystrica, Slovakia

    Dr Albert van der Zeijden
    ICH Specialist & Researcher
    Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage

    Dr Vivienne Wee
    Anthropologist & Director
    Ethnographica Private Limited

    Dr Lai Ah Eng
    Adjunct Senior Fellow Associate, University Scholar Programme
    National University of Singapore

    Moderator:

    Professor Brenda Yeoh
    Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
    Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster, Asia Research Institute


    12.00pm

    Lunch


    1.00pm

    Panel Discussion and Q&A:

    Track 2 – Safeguarding ICH in Multicultural Societies

    Speakers:

    Mr David Brown
    Director, Policy & Research
    National Cultural & Creative Industries Council (NCCIC), Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, Jamaica

    Mr Loic Bienassis
    Researcher & Project Manager
    European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food (IEHCA), France

    Ms Suhaili Osman
    Curator
    Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore

    Moderator:

    Mr John Teo
    Deputy Director, Heritage Research and Assessment Division
    National Heritage Board


    2.30pm

    Panel Discussion & Q&A:

    Track 3 – ICH and Sustainable Development

    Speakers:

    Mr Leonce Ki
    Executive Secretary, Association for the Protection of Masks (ASAMA)
    Burkina Faso

    Professor Pornrat Damrhung
    Professor, Dramatic Arts Department
    Chulalongkorn University

    Mr Kelvin Ang
    Director, Conservation Management
    Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore

    Moderator:

    Ms Suzanne Ogge
    Heritage Consultant


    4.00pm

    Tea Break


    4.30pm

    Panel Discussion and Q&A:

    Track 4 – Cultural Policies and Frameworks on ICH

    Speakers:

    Professor Pier Luigi Petrillo
    Professor, Comparative Public Law
    University of Rome, Unitelma Sapienza, Italy

    Mr Khalid Bin Syed Ali
    Director, ICH Division, Department of National Heritage
    Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia

    Mr Timothy Chin
    Director, Arts and Heritage Division
    Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore

    Moderator:

    Professor Kwok Kian Woon
    Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences
    Nanyang Technological University


    6.00pm – 6.30pm

    Closing Remarks

    *Note: Programme is subject to change by NHB