Egypt to celebrate 20 years of UNESCO cultural convention

Amira Noshokaty , Tuesday 11 Jul 2023

Egypt and the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will co-organize a series of events celebrating 20 years since the adoption of the 2003 Convention of Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Egyptian minister of culture Nevine el Kelany, UNESCO's regional director Nuria Sanz and Consultant of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Egyptian Ministry of Culture Nahla Emam. Photo courtesy of Ministry of Culture


On Tuesday, Minister of Culture Nevine El-Kilani met with Nahla Imam, the ministry’s consultant for intangible heritage, and Nuria Sanz, the UNESCO's regional director, to discuss the celebration.

Among the planned events is the launch of Heritage House at the Fustat Traditional Crafts Centre, in the heart of old Cairo, at the end of August.

The centre currently offers The Artisans of Egypt (Sanayeitet Masr), a two-year diploma training program designed and implemented by the culture ministry's development fund.

The location will also serve as the premises of the national Intangible Cultural Heritage Archive, as well as the venue for many heritage workshops and events.

The celebration will also include The Dates Festival, which is planned to take place in the Siwa Oasis this October.

The celebration is set to include a documentary on the elements of intangible cultural heritage that are registered on the convention's lists.

These include:

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