St. Vincent and the Grenadines (iWitness News) – Stakeholders in the cultural sector in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are being sensitised about the importance of preserving living heritage in crisis situations, such as natural disasters or health pandemics.
This sensitisation comes in the form of a three-day workshop sponsored by UNESCO — the United Nations agency for culture — and is being held until Thursday of this week.
“We had the volcanic activities, we are still going through the COVID-19 pandemic and during all of this, we noted the culture; a number of persons may not see culture as a priority. However, UNESCO, as one of its mandates, noted that culture is always important to the people of a nation,” Janeil N. Henry-Rose, SVG Secretary-General for UNESCO told workshop participants on the opening day.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Commission for UNESCO in partnership with the UNESCO Kingstown Cluster Office is holding the workshop under the theme, “Safeguarding and Promoting Living Heritage in Crisis Situations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
Intangible cultural heritage refers to the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills handed down from generation to generation. This heritage provides communities with a sense of identity and is continuously recreated in response to their environment.