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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.

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Traditional musical instruments

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.

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Traditional medicine

#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

Traditional food

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.

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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:



Albert van der Zeiden Prize: the first winner is Laura Lopez

December 3, 2022
On 1 December 2022, during the UNESCO 17.COM in Rabat, Morocco, #HeritageAlive and the ICH NGO Forum had the pleasure to award Laura Lopez of CIOFF the first Albert van der Zeiden Prize to recognize her contributions to #HeritageAlive and her work supporting the spirit of the UNESCO 2003 Convention…

Minutes from the #HeritageAlive Editorial board meeting

December 2, 2022
November 29th, 2022 in Rabat, Rose garden at Sofitel hotel Present: Antoine Gauthier, Rachel Gefferie, Ananya Bhattacharya, Laura Lopez, Vakil Jayaran, Hanhee Ham, Paulina Adamska, Eivind Falk Welcome / introduction Eivind gave a short introduction to the #HeritageAlive history and concept for the new members of the Editorial Board Thursdays…

#HeritageAlive – Call for Articles: extended deadline for Storytelling

October 20, 2022
In order to receive more contributions, the #HeritageAlive Editorial board have decided to extend the deadline for submission of articles on Storytelling to November 20. Call for Articles: Storytelling At 16.COM in Paris, the #HeritageAlive Editorial Board chose “storytelling” as the topic for the next book in the Living Heritage…

#HeritageAlive book launching on July 5th

July 5, 2022
Welcome to #HeritageAlive book launching! Live music – presentations -announcement of the next theme for #HeritageAlive! Tuesday July 5th, after the GA. 18:30-20:00 in Room No.6 Traditional Musical Instruments -Sharing experiences from the field At this event we will present the book, Traditional Musical Instruments -Sharing experiences from the field.…

#HeritageAlive: a call for articles on Storytelling

May 6, 2022
(French version follows / La version française suit) At 16.COM in Paris, the #HeritageAlive Editorial Board chose “storytelling” as the topic for the next book in the Living Heritage Series. The new book will be published with the assistance of ICHCAP and will be ready by the end of 2023 to…

The Marcianisana Tammurriata and the Music of Sant’Antuono in Campania (Italy)

March 29, 2022
The Music of Sant’Antuono performed by the bottari of Macerata Campania (Vincenzo Polcari, Macerata Campania 17-01-2020) Vincenzo Capuano, Luca De Simone, Luigi Ferraiuolo, Associazione Sant'Antuono & le Battuglie di Pastellessa In Campania, in South Italy, we find a series of traditional musical instruments with a strong identity value: among these…


“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.