In 2012, at the meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO 2003 Convention in Baku, Azerbaijan, the NGO Forum  decided to establish an online journal with the title #HeritageAlive.
The journal sought to share NGOs experiences regarding safeguarding practices, both good and bad, within the area of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The concept was to share knowledge from fieldwork in communities and with practitioners, between the UNESCO accredited NGOs and experts, in order to learn from each other. An editorial board was formed, with members from all over the world, and Eivind Falk was elected as the Editor in Chief. The online journal has published articles on a variety of different themes concerned Intangible cultural heritage and safeguarding, such as articles on traditional crafts, festivals and naming practices.

Whilst the interest in the journal remained relatively steady, interest peaked after a call for papers was made in relation to Traditional Medicine. As a result of the overwhelming response, we decided to publish the an edition of #HeritageAlive, a book, dedicated to the theme of Traditional medicine.

Members of the #Heritage Alive editorial board is: Emily Drani, Antoine Gauthier, Michael Peterson, V. Jayarajan, Albert van der Zeijden, Ki Leonce, Gabriele Desiderio, Ananya Bhattacharya, Okello Quinto.

For further information: Eivind.Falk@handverksinstituttet.no


This book, with the topic Traditional musical instruments, was made with contributions of fifteen writers, representing different NGOs, from countries across the globe. The authors describe the current status of traditional musical traditions and provide insight in safeguarding activities of these traditions in the spirit of the 2003 Convention. The main project has been to share safeguarding experiences, methodology and activities, among us who are working in the field, with the communities concerned, craftsmen, musicians, bearers and practitioners.

Nevertheless we considered that it would be almost impossible to give a fair impression for understanding the musical instruments from text only. We wanted to listen to the sound of the musical instruments, in order to get a better and more fair impression. Therefor we decided to add a playlist, made available online. In this way, we can listen to sample of music referring to each chapter.

Download and listen.



#HeritageAlive has been publishing articles on a variety of themes concerning intangible cultural heritage (ICH) safeguarding since 2012. After remaining relatively steady in the past, public interest in the online journal has increased after a call for papers in relation to traditional medicine was issued. As a result the editorial board decided to publish a book dedicated to traditional medicine. Luckily ICHCAP, as a consistent producer and distributor of high-quality publications, was willing to be our partner publishing Traditional Medicine, sharing experiences from the field.

At the 12th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (12.COM) in the International Convention Center Jeju, the book entitled Traditional Medicine: exchange of experiences from the field was launched as a result of this fruitful cooperation between ICHCAP and #HeritageAlive.

Read the book or download it from our website: Traditional Medicine: exchange of experiences from the field


ICHCAP published the book Living Heritage Series – Traditional Food in collaboration with the ICHNGO Forum’s #HeritageAlive.

Living Heritage Series-Traditional Food showcases creative and historical traditional food from around the world through contributions from 16 writers in various countries.

Download the book.

Excutive Publisher KEUM Gi Hyung
Editors-in-Chief Eivind Falk and Seong-Yong Park
Editorial Sta Deok-soon Kim, Weonmo Park, Jinhee Oh, Minji Kim and Soyoung Min
Editorial Board Antoine Gauthier, Ananya Bhattacharya, Casimir Ani, Emily Drani, Gabriele Desiderio, Hanhee Ham, Joseph Ogieriakhi, Ki Leonce, Robert BD Otto and Reme Sakr
Proofreader Gaura Mancacaritadipura, Michael Peterson and Bernidick Bryan Hosmillo
Project Coordinator Yunsuk Jang

ARTICLES FROM #HeritageAlive:


“Symposium on Traditional Medicine, sharing experiences from the field”

5th of December 2017  – With gratitude for the generous support of ICHCAP – International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO – based in Korea.


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