PESHAWAR: A three-day workshop on intangible cultural heritage concluded at Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Auditorium, University of Peshawar on Saturday.
The workshop was arranged by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority in collaboration with UNESCO. On the last day, a field visit was arranged to Mohalla Chagha Khel Umar Baba Mazar in Chamkani in which information was collected from the locals about intangible cultural heritage including, old fairy tales, fading languages and other culture aspects.
During the workshop Deputy Secretary National Heritage and Cultural Division Niaz Ahmed, Manager Culture and Tourism Authority Humayun Khan, UNESCO Culture Specialist Naeem Safi, and other important personalities attended the workshop.
Deputy Secretary National Heritage and Cultural Division Niaz Ahmed said that the Government of Pakistan had introduced the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage. “Intangible culture includes cultural aspects that are fading over the time. Every community needs to raise awareness among the young generation about the restoration and recognition of endangered cultural values.”
The workshop also discussed about capacity building of participants regarding intangible cultural heritage in which different stakeholders, participants from different communities expressed their views and shared the role and responsibilities of the community. Participants said that cultural diversity is a key factor in the development of any country.
Participants in the workshop said that the workshop is useful for understanding and protecting intangible cultural heritage. The aim of the workshop is to develop the capacity of cultural figures, researchers, students, teachers, government officials and other community members to understand and work for the preservation of culture in the province.