The China Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Annual Meeting was recently held in Yulin, a city located in Shaanxi Province. This meeting brought together cultural heritage experts, scholars, and officials from across China to discuss ways to promote and protect the country’s intangible cultural heritage.
During the meeting, participants shared their experiences and insights on various aspects of cultural heritage protection, such as documentation, preservation, transmission, and innovation. They also discussed the challenges faced by China’s intangible cultural heritage and explored potential solutions to address these challenges.
One of the main themes of the meeting was the importance of promoting and popularizing intangible cultural heritage. This includes not only raising public awareness of these cultural practices, but also developing innovative ways to showcase and share them with a wider audience. For example, participants discussed the use of digital technology and social media to promote traditional arts and crafts, such as embroidery, paper cutting, and pottery.
Another key topic was the role of education in preserving and transmitting intangible cultural heritage. Participants emphasized the need for greater investment in cultural heritage education at all levels, from primary schools to universities. They also discussed the importance of involving local communities in heritage preservation and transmission, and the role of cultural heritage in promoting sustainable development.
The meeting also highlighted the challenges faced by China’s intangible cultural heritage, such as the loss of traditional knowledge and skills, the lack of funding and resources for preservation and transmission, and the impact of urbanization and globalization on traditional lifestyles and cultural practices. Participants discussed potential solutions to address these challenges, such as establishing networks of cultural heritage professionals and promoting cross-cultural exchange and collaboration.
Yulin, the host city of the meeting, is a hub of intangible cultural heritage in China. It is known for its rich history and traditions, including the Yulin Yangge dance, a traditional folk dance that dates back to the Han Dynasty. The city has made significant efforts to promote and protect its cultural heritage, including establishing a local museum and cultural center and organizing cultural festivals and events throughout the year.
Overall, the China Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Annual Meeting was an important platform for cultural heritage experts and practitioners to share their knowledge, experiences, and ideas on how to safeguard and promote China’s rich and diverse intangible cultural heritage. The discussions and outcomes of the meeting are expected to have a positive impact on the future of cultural heritage protection and transmission in China.