UNESCO Headquarters, Paris – Despite widespread advocacy and growing influence at its 176 Conference of States Parties, there is an urgent need to raise awareness of the dynamics of intangible cultural heritage and its relationship with the world today, especially young people. Therefore, the Secretariat of the Convention is developing a video series focusing on intangible cultural heritage and adolescents. A preview of this video series was presented at the 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee held in Jeju, South Korea last December.
The youth in this video were selected from 60 young participants to participate in the 10th UNESCO Youth Forum, held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from October 25th to 26th, 2017. Despite being from all over the world, they share a common philosophy in the intangible cultural heritage. Heritage is closely related to the past, but when it comes to intangible heritage, it may still resonate, even in people’s daily lives, giving the community a sense of identity and between people and generations. Form a connection. “Color”, “root”, “custom” and “memory”… This is how young people describe the way they unite their families and communities. They are proud of their ancestors, knowledge and social practices, and more importantly, they realize the need to keep their traditions and pass them on.
The remaining six episodes of the series will be released at the 7th Congress of UNESCO Headquarters in June 2018.