This session includes three case studies:

Tradition Meets Innovations: Engaging Visitors with Intangible Heritage

This panel discusses living cultural heritage cases that present fixed versus flexible transmission options as an ongoing challenge for intangible practice orthodoxy vis-à-vis the liberty of contemporary interpretations. The new National Museum of Qatar represents the history, heritage and culture of Qatar, not only through preserving, collecting and conserving objects but by placing special emphasis on intangible cultural heritage. There are many precious texts and celebrations that have been passed down through intangible transmission. We will discuss “Garanagao” as an example of how the museum brought intangible heritage preservation to a diverse audience. This costume show explores contrasting traditional and contemporary varieties and historic meanings. Different hands-on activities addressed these meanings. Two additional examples of museum-artisan cooperation will detail a rural intangible asset for paper making in Korea and transmission practices for a Native American basket-weaving tradition in the Southwest.

Our Living Languages

The presentation will cover the creation/curation of an exhibition on the intangible heritage of 34 languages, and how the Royal BC Museum relinquished control of the content to our partner, who represented the 34 distinct language groups. The museum provided funding and the physical space while our partner provided the content. The museum also integrated a representative from our partners into our design and fabrication department, creating a truly transparent and immersive approach.

Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage with UNESCO

The Hong Kong Heritage Museum has been safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in compliance with the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage since April 2006. Gain insight on the museum’s experience in and process of engaging the community in a territory-wide survey and the daunting task of compiling inventory for a database through a public awareness campaign and collaboration with intangible cultural heritage bearers, organizations and other stakeholders.


  • Mark Dickson
  • Hing -Wah Chau
  • Raga Ahmed Elamin