Workshop on the Nomination of Kun Lbokator, on the Representative List of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MoCFA) in close collaboration with UNESCO Phnom Penh Office organized a workshop on the preparation of the nomination file of Kun Lbokator, Khmer traditional martial arts, on the Representative List of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cambodia on the 4th and 5th of February 2021 at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Phnom Penh.

38 participants attended the workshop, including representatives from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Tourism, Provincial Departments of Culture and Fine Arts, the Cambodian National Commission for UNESCO, the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, Royal University of Fine Arts, Cultural and Scientific Research Centre, Provincial Departments of Tourism, Cambodian Kun Lbokator Federation, Cambodian Living Arts, Cambodian Kun Lbokator Academy and Kun Lbokator communities (grand masters, masters and apprentices).

The workshop was moderated by H.E. Mr. Siyonn Sophearith, Director-General of Techniques for Cultural Affairs (Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts), Mr. Masanori Nagaoka, Culture Programme Specialist (UNESCO) and Mr. Rahul Goswami, expert facilitator on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia-Pacific region (on-line participation).

The workshop aimed at building the capacities of communities, practitioners of Kun Lbokator (Cambodian traditional martial arts) and relevant stakeholders to prepare the nomination file based on the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The workshop consisted of a presentation of key concepts of the UNESCO 2003 Convention of Intangible Cultural Heritage, a review of the Advisory Body’s recommendation for the reasons of referral, and an analysis of successful nomination files of martial arts submitted by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Brazil and Georgia.

The workshop was moderated by H.E. Mr. Siyonn Sophearith, Director-General of Techniques for Cultural Affairs (Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts), Mr. Masanori Nagaoka, Culture Programme Specialist (UNESCO) and Mr. Rahul Goswami, expert facilitator on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia-Pacific region (on-line participation).

The workshop aimed at building the capacities of communities, practitioners of Kun Lbokator (Cambodian traditional martial arts) and relevant stakeholders to prepare the nomination file based on the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The workshop consisted of a presentation of key concepts of the UNESCO 2003 Convention of Intangible Cultural Heritage, a review of the Advisory Body’s recommendation for the reasons of referral, and an analysis of successful nomination files of martial arts submitted by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Brazil and Georgia.

 

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