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ichLinks Platform Server Down Notice
The ichLinks platform is planning to implement server down for a new change.
The platform will not be used smoothly during the announced time.
[ Down time 1 ] 2022. 12. 13. Tuesday / 09:00~18:00(8 hour) UTC+9
[ Down time 2 ] 2022. 12. 16. Friday / 18:00~23:59(6 hour) UTC+9
ICHCAP and BIPA Signed MoU for the Development of Digital Cultural Heritage Content of ASEAN
On 19 April, International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (hereinafter referred to as “ICHCAP”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (hereinafter referred to as “BIPA”) to cooperate in digital cultural heritage content sector by linking up the ‘ichLinks’ with ‘ASEAN·ROK ICT Convergence Village’ project.
The ‘ASEAN·ROK ICT Convergence Village’ was established in 2020, which is a joint operation of the BIPA and the city of Busan, as a follow-up action to the 2019 Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in Busan. It aims to expand exchanges and cooperation in creating 5G immersive content and encourage mutual growth in the field of digital content between the Republic of Korea and ASEAN. Supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT and National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA), the ‘ASEAN·ROK ICT Convergence Village’ has been working on ▲ supporting extended reality (XR) companies in ASEAN and Korea ▲ providing marketing support services for businesses specializing in digital content ▲ providing testbeds and infrastructure for creating 5G-based XR content ▲ operating the XR Academy, etc.
ICHCAP and BIPA decided to cooperate for ▲ operating a cooperative project in the field of digital cultural heritage content in the Asia-Pacific region ▲ sharing organizational networks ▲ co-hosting an XR content workshop ▲ supporting Korean ICT companies to launch into the Asia-Pacific region, etc.
With this chance, it is expected that the intersectoral synergy in the field of digital content based on each organization’s expertise will be expanded.
Inviting the New Partner Organizations for ichLinks
ICHCAP is recruiting the new Partner Organizations for ichLinks, an ICH Information-Sharing Platform in the Asia-Pacific.
ichLinks was opened in March 2021 as an online platform(www.ichlinks.com) that provides services related to ICH in cooperation with UNESCO Member States in the Asia-Pacific region. So far, about 9,000 archive data and 38 special contents are being serviced.
Partner Organizations are designated among the representative institutions in charge of collecting and managing ICH data of each country. So far, ichLinks has partnered with 12 organizations in 12 countries, and the list of current Partner Organizations can be found here.
When designated as a Partner Organization, it can take part in the Executive Committee, and share the ICH data possessed by the organization through ichLinks. Moreover, it can receive the financial and technical supports for building an ICH database, developing ICH content, recruiting project staff, purchasing necessary equipments or IT consultation, upon their request.
Organizations wishing to apply can fill out the attached application form and submit it to the ichLinks Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 25 March 2022 (Fri).
We look forward to your participation.
Held the 2nd ichLinks Executive Committee
The Committee meeting screen © ICHACP
The 2nd ichLinks Executive Committee was held online on December 9, 2021 (Thursday), from 2 pm to 5 pm (KST). Twelve Partner Organizations (Malaysia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Bhutan, Singapore, Uzbekistan, India, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Fiji) participated and had a fruitful discussion.
The Committee was chaired by Dr. Rustam Muzafarov, Deputy Chairman of Kazakhstan National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, who was elected at the first Committee meeting in June. The agenda discussed were as follows.
[Agenda 1] Share ichLinks Project Guidelines
[Agenda 2] Reports on 2020-2021 ichLinks support projects’ results and suggestions to improve ichLinks
[Agenda 3] Reports on 2021-2022 ichLinks support projects’ plans and suggestions to improve ichLinks
[Agenda 4] ichLinks’ mission, vision, roadmap and suggestions for future programmes (ICHCAP)
[Agenda 5] Adopt Operational Rules on ichLinks Executive Committee
Dr. Rustam Muzafarov, Chairperson of the ichLinks Executive Committee © ICHCAP
ICHCAP, the Secretariat of the ichLinks platform, shared ichLinks’ mission, vision and the 1st phase roadmap (2020-2025), and also explained each stage’s goals and activities. In addition, cooperative projects that all Partner Organizations can participate in was proposed. In particular, the programme for artisans’ networking to share good practices of sustainable development through modernization and commercialization of traditional crafts was supported by many Partner Organizations.
Proposed programme for exchange of traditional artisans © ICHCAP
Partner Organizations also proposed several cooperative projects such as joint research on shared ICH elements, multilingual translation of ichLinks content, and establishment of a common archive on the theme of traditional music and musical instruments. Furthermore, the Partner Organizations expressed great interest in the archive management package that is being developed by ICHCAP this year.
The Chairperson, Dr. Muzafarov expressed his special thanks to ICHCAP for initiating the ichLinks project. He mentioned that ichLinks opened a new chapter in the safeguarding of ICH. He also pointed out that the general public in Kazakhstan is starting to take an interest in ICH and understand the need to safeguard ICH through ichLinks.
ICHCAP plans to share the results of the 2nd Executive Committee with all Partner Organizations and hold a working-level meeting early next year as soon as the archive package development is completed. Also, the cooperative projects proposed during the meeting will be further elaborated and be implemented in collaboration with Partner Organizations next year.
The 1st ichLinks Executive Committee Meeting
The 1st ichLinks Executive Committee Meeting was held on June 29, 2021, online. Representatives of the current partner organizations from five countries (Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam) and future partners from four countries (Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, and Singapore) were present.
During this 1st meeting, the Committee discussed draft Project Guidelines and the Operational Rules of ichLinks Executive Committee, elected the first Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, and shared the progress reports on the status of the first ichLinks supported projects of Mongolia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam. The Committee also discussed the provisional agenda for the 2nd Committee meeting as well as the working-level meeting.
Mr. Rustam Muzafarov (Deputy Chairman, National Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Kazakhstan) and Mr. Bui Hoai Son (Director, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies) were elected as the first Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson respectively. Their term of office is one year, which is until June 28, 2022.
ICHCAP will additionally collect opinions from partner organizations on the Project Guidelines and Operational Rules of the Executive Committee and will discuss them at the 2nd Committee meeting at the end of this year. In addition, by holding a working-level meeting in August, ICHCAP plans to conduct technical training and provide manuals to partner organizations so they can directly upload their ICH data to the ichLinks platform.
The current ICH data of partner organizations uploaded to date can be found in the archives of the ichLinks.
ichLinks Official Launching Ceremony Successfully Held
ichLinks Official Launching Ceremony was successfully held on 27 May 2021 with participation of 120 audiences from 29 countries around the world including five partner organizations and speakers.
ICHCAP will continue to expand ichLinks' partner organizations and provide more opportunities to communicate one another.
Detailed information about the event will be distributed through ICHCAP’s e-newsletter and ICH Courier in the near future. You may also watch the recorded video of the entire event on ICHCAP’s YouTube channel.
Basanta Panchami: Arrival of Spring
Sister teaching younger brother to write on the wall within the premise of temple. © Monalisa Maharjan
On 16 February 2021, Hindu Buddhist population of Nepal celebrated Basanta Panchami also known as Shree Panchami or Sarashwoti Puja. This day marks the arrival of spring that could be seen with blooming peach trees and other flowers in the neighborhood. This day falls on the fifth day of shukla pakshya (waxing moon phase) of the Nepali month of Magha. So literally basanta panchami means spring on the fifth day of waxing moon.
On this day, the special event is organized in an ancient palace—Hanumandhoka Durbar Square of Kathmandu known as Basanta Shrawan. According executive director of the Hanumandhoka Museum, Mr. Sandeep Khanal, this event has continued since the Malla period (1100 to 1769 CE). At that time and until the monarchy was abolished in 2008, the king used to attend the ceremony. Even though in the Malla period, the ceremony was not known as Basanta Shrawan, but the inscriptions mention about worshipping the god Kamadeva.
Wall of deity full of writings of kids during the worshiping. © Monalisa Maharjan
The president of Nepal as a head of state attends this ceremony accompanied by the prime minister and other VIPs. The ceremony welcomes the spring, the second stanza of book Geet Govinda is recited. From this recitation this ceremony is named Basanata Shrawan. Along with Geet Govinda, Byachali raag is also recited. Priest performs the special worshiping on the auspicious time set by the panchanga samiti (group of astrologers who sets time and date for the auspicious occasions of major events). Normally the auspicious times are in morning and this year the auspicious time was set on 10:17 am. A group of musicians also play sitar in this event.
It is also celebrated as Saraswati Pooja, worshiping the goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning. On this day, early morning parents are seen with the kids learning to write on the walls of temple of Goddess Sarashwoti with chalk. This is the symbolic meaning for asking blessing from Goddess Sarashwoti to read and write. On this day many parents start initiating teaching alphabets to the kids. Schools around the country also organize events to worship goddess with various other entertainment programs.
Buddhist in Nepal believes Maha Manjushree arrived to Kathmandu from Lasha on this day. Manjushree is associated with the legends of formation of Kathmandu Valley. Manjushree came to worship the light in the lotus blooming at the center of lake. He could not reach there so, cut the hill (which is now believed to be chovar) with his sword and let water out of the lake. After the drainage of water settlement in the valley stated. Manjushree is one of the Bodhisattva that symbolizes wisdom and worshiped on this day. So along with the Sarashwori Temple, the temples of Manjushree are crowded as well.
So, this day is considered auspicious. For the start of new ventures, building houses or getting married according to the Nepali culture, people check the auspicious date with the astrologers. This day Of Basanta Panchami is considered to be so auspicious that people don’t need to consult for an auspicious date. Therefore, on this day we can see many marriages taking place and people starting new houses or constructing new houses.
As in other many festivals and rituals, this day is also an example of syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism in Kathmandu Valley.
2021 International CI Contest for UNESCO WHIPIC
poster image © WHIPIC
International CI Contest for UNESCO WHIPIC
The WHIPIC, International Centre for the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage Sites under the auspices of UNESCO, is set to establish its official incorporation at the end of 2021. Therefore the preparatory office for the WHIPIC holds the international CI contest to celebrate and promote the establishment.
As a Category 2 Centre (C2 Centre) under the auspices of UNESCO in the field of interpretation and presentation of World Heritage, we would like to raise international awareness and interest through the development of a unique, symbolic CI. We look forward to your interest and participation.
– Eligibility: The contest is open to anybody regardless of age, sex and nationality.
– Major schedule
○ Notice: 26 February through 24 March 2021
○ Submission: 25 March trough 01 April 2021 at 18:00 KST
○ Examination: 02 through 14 April 2021
○ Announcement of the final winners: 15 April 2021 at 18:00 KST
– Documents to be submitted and description
○ Contest application form (Attachment 1)
○ Pledge (Attachment 1)
○ Work file
① Centre logo: (1) symbol mark, (2) word mark, (3) Combination
(symbol + word marks)
② Examples of CI use: At least 2 examples including a letter, business card, signboard, and souvenir
– How to apply: via email (email@example.com)
○ A winner will be given about $4,450 (5,000,000 KRW)
○ 2 participants of Prize for Excellence will be given about $445 (500,000 KRW)
For more information and application form, https://bit.ly/2P6bKnO