Passing on Our Cultural Traditions to Future Generations

A One Day Conference Hosted by the
ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee

Saturday 23 March 2019, Tara Theatre, London

supported by Arts Council England

This second ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage conference, building on the success of the first one (held in 2014), is a response to the need for more information on safeguarding cultural traditions. It has also been informed by an Arts Council supported project implemented in 2016/17 by the Committee on “Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Museum Contexts”, and by the report’s outcomes and findings published in October 2018.

Living cultural and social practices are not static: while being transmitted over the centuries from one generation to another, they have continuously evolved in response to events and to changes to their environment. This process has resulted in the demise of some and in the urgent need of the safeguard of others. Questions regarding records and conservation arise: how and why should living heritage be preserved? More importantly, how would the bearers or practicing communities, who are the owners of these cultural traditions, be involved in the process? How can a culturally aware and inclusive framework be created and implemented?

The Conference will be a platform to explore how practicing communities, civil society, arts and heritage organisations can help to promote and pass on our customs and cultural traditions to next generations.

Speakers to include:

  • Dr Tim Curtis – Secretary of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Living Heritage Entity, UNESCO Culture Sector  (Paris)
  • Marya Burgess – BBC Radio 4 producer for The Listening Project
  • Rosy Greenlees, OBE. Executive Director of the Crafts Council since 2006

Location: Tara Arts, 356 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES

Date and Time: 23rd of March 2019, 09:30 – 17:00

Tickets’ Prices: 

Full price: £75 per person

ICOMOS Members’ rate: £65 per person

Student rate: £15 per person

The attendance fee includes lunch, light refreshments and a copy of the publication “Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage in Museum Contexts. A Pilot Project”.

We have a very limited number of discounted tickets at the special rate of £20pp for members of community groups.

If you are a member of a community group engaged in practicing/safeguarding a particular cultural tradition, to book your tickets please contact providing short details about the work of the community group.  Feedback from us may take up to two working days.