2018 Asia-Pacific ICH NGO Conference


Since 2014, ICHCAP has been organizing international ICH NGO conferences biennially as a networking platform for NGOs. This conference gives premium focus on the work of NGOs in the ICH field in the Asia-Pacific region.

The aims of these conferences are to better understand the interrelationship between ICH and sustainable development, to empower the NGOs in the field of ICH through sharing useful experiences and information on NGO activities, and to strengthen NGO networks in the region.

2018 Asia-Pacific ICH NGO Conference

Theme ICH NGOs towards Sustainable Development of Communities
Date 6-8 November 2018
Venue Saigon Morin Hotel, Hue, Vietnam
Language English/Vietnamese

  • The International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP)
  • Hue Monuments Conservation Center (HMCC)
  • Cultural Heritage Administration of Republic of Korea
  • Thừa Thiên Huế Provincial People’s Committee
  • UNESCO Office in Hanoi
  • Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Vietnam
  • ICH NGO Forum

Many ICH NGOs conduct activities related to sustainable development based on their experience specialties. These activities target include quality education (SDG 4) and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11). This year, the conference will mainly focus on these two topics.

The conference will be composed of four plenary sessions and two thematic roundtables. More than thirty NGOs and individual researchers with various backgrounds will share presentations about good practices related to ICH safeguarding. The 2018 conference program is available for download. Click to download 2018 program .pdf.


Day 1


Date Tuesday 6 November 2018

Venue Le Cinema (1F), Saigon Morin Hotel

time schedule
09:00–09:20 Registration



Keynote Speech: Safeguarding ICH and NGOs: with CGIs, ODs, EPs, SDGs and ORFs Marc Jacobs, Flemish Interface Centre for Cultural Heritage

11:00–11:15 Group Photo and Break

Introductory Presentations: ICHCAP & NGOs (MC: HMCC, ICHCAP)


Session 1: NGO's Role for ICH Safeguarding


  • Working Together to Achieve the Goals of 2003 Convention and Contributing to Sustainable Development Ananya Bhattacharya, ICH NGO Forum
  • Civil Society Agencies Adding Value Amareswar Galla, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum
  • NGO’s Role for ICH Safeguarding in China Xiaoyu Hu, Institute of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage at Sun Yat-sen University
  • Q & A Session
13:00–14:00 Lunch

Session 2. ICH Education for Sustainable Development

Chair: Dang Van Bai

  • Recognizing the Role of Non-formal Education in Promoting Traditional Health Healing System Ganesh Purohit, Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti
  • The School Links Programme at the International Association for Falconry & Conservation of Birds of Prey Sarangerel Ichinkhorloo, International Association for Falconry & Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF)
  • Taumako Sails Back to the Future: Sustainable Development through Ancient Voyaging Simon Teave Salopuka, Vaka Taumako Project of Solomon Islands
  • Culture Beyond the Classroom: Raising Awareness of ICH through non-formal Arts Education Programmes for Youth Charis Loke, Arts-ED Penang
  • Heritage Education Program for Schools in Hoi An Le Thi Tuan, Hoi An Center for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation
  • Q & A Session
15:30–15:45 Break

Session 3. ICH Safeguarding and Community Development

Co-chairs: Le Thi Minh Ly / Phan Thanh Hai

  • Pagoda Festivals: the Role of Pagoda Trustee Committees in Sustaining the Intangible Culture of the Bagan Area Aye Aye Oo, Yangon University
  • Community Development and Coconut Leaf Craft: Study on ICH and Sustainable Development Jayarajan Vayalakara, Folkland
  • Sustaining Folk Craft Practices: Weaving Authenticity through a Musuo Weaver’s Tale Joseph Lo, Smithsonian Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • Role of Ciqam in Preservation and Promotion of Intangible Heritage in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral Aqeela Bano, Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage of Yao and Ha Nhi People in relation to Natural Environment Protection and Disaster Prevention - A Comparative Analysis Huu Son Tran, Association of Vietnamese Folklorists
  • Q & A Session
17:15–18:00 Wrap-up and Discussion
18:00–20:00 Welcome Dinner
Day 2


Date Wednesday 7 November 2018

Venue Le Cinema (1F) / Le Panorama (3F), Saigon Morin Hotel

Time Schedule

SESSION 4. Parallel Roundtables

Topic 1: How do NGOs contribute to realize sustainable development through ICH education for the youth and marginalized people?

Moderator Amareswar Galla
Rapporteur Ananya Bhattacharya

  • Integrating Intangible Cultural Heritage into Secondary School Curriculum on Cheung Chau Island in Hong Kong Kai-kwong Choi, Temple Fair Culture Promotion Workers Confederation
  • The Role of NGOs in Ethnic Education, Language Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity in the CHTs of Bangladesh: An Analysis from SDG 4 Perspective Saifur Rashid, University of Dhaka
  • The Role of Community in Safeguarding ICH: Cambodian Endangered Music Forms Ploy and Ken Seng Song, Cambodian Living Arts
  • Lessons from Palau: Internet Technology and Safeguarding of ICH Ingmar Sturm, Island Ark Project


  • MA. Nguyen Phuoc Hai Trung, Hue Monuments Conservation Centre
  • Le Thi An Hoa, Hue Monuments Conservation Centre
  • Duong Ngoc Ha, Centre for Scientific and Cultural Activities Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam
  • Phan Thuan Thao, Institute of Ethnomusicology, Hue Academy of Music

Topic 2: What strategies do ICH NGOs employ to empower communities into becoming sustainable, creative, and inclusive?

Moderator Heekyung Choi
Rapporteur Joseph Lo

  • Ladakh Arts and Media Organization: Adaptive Reuse of the 17th Century Heritage building in Leh Old Town Rigzin Chodon, Ladakh Arts and Media Organization
  • Cheongju Craft Biennale Won-kyu Park, Cheongju Craft Biennale Organizational Committee
  • ICH and Inclusive Community Development Rafiqul Islam Mithil, Ajiyer Fair Trade Limited
  • Safe Spaces for Learning, Performing, and Practicing ICH Myjolynne Marie Kim, Australian National University


  • Huynh Thi Anh Van, Hue Royal Museum of Antiques
  • Phan Thi Bach Hac, Hue Traditional Royal Theatre of Art
  • Vo Que, Ca Hue Singing Club
  • Jungkeun Lim, Kyung Hee Cyber University
12:30–14:00 Lunch

Session 5. Roundtable Rapporteurs Report

Co-chairs: Amareswar Galla / Heekyung Choi


Special Session. ICH Safeguarding in Vietnam

Co-chairs: Thi Hien Nguyen / Le Van Toan

  • The Vitality of Nha Nhac – Vietnamese Court Music after 15 Years Acknowledged as the Representative of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO Phan Thanh Hai, Hue Monuments Conservation Center
  • Lessons Learned about the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Vietnam (15 Years of Implementing 2003 UNESCO Convention) Le Thi Minh Ly, Center for Research and Promotion of Cultural Heritage
  • The Effects of Training and Transmission of Traditional Arts at the Thua Thien Hue College of Culture and Arts Duong Hong Lam, College of Culture and Art of Thua Thien Hue Province
  • Safeguarding Methods for Nha Nhac and Its Viability in the Community Master Artist Tran Thao, Club of Phu Xuan Nha Nhac Ensemble
  • Q & A Session
17:15–18:00 Wrap-up and Discussion
18:00–20:00 Dinner
Day 3


Date Thursday 8 November 2018

Venue Le Cinema (1F), Saigon Morin Hotel

Time Schedule


Chair: ICHCAP)

  • Closing Report
  • Adopt Outcome Document
  • Discussion

Site Excursion 1 Visit Hue Culture Museum & Enjoy Hue Folk Songs

12:00–14:00 Lunch

Site Excursion 2 VEnjoy Nha Nhac Performance

18:30–20:00 Farewell Dinner


Click here to register for the 2018 ICH NGO Conference.


Secretariat of 2018 Asia-Pacific ICH NGO Conference

International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP)
Soyoung Min, Cooperation & Networking Section
Office: +82-63-230-9722
E-mail: ich.ngo.conference@gmail.com

Hue Monuments Conservation Center (HMCC)
Le Thi Thanh Binh, Department of Cooperation & External Affairs
Office: +84-234-3512751
E-mail: haute02@gmail.com

Previous Conferences

2016 Asia-Pacific ICH NGO Conference

Theme Achieving SDGs through Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage
Date 3-5 November 2016
Venue Jeonju, Republic of Korea



The full text and program of the 2016 ICH NGO conference is available for download. Click to download 2016 report .pdf.

2014 Intangible Cultural Heritage Conference

Theme Towards Efficient Roles of NGOs for Safeguarding ICH in the Asia-Pacific Region
Date 26-28 June 2014
Venue Jeonju, Republic of Korea



The full text and program of the 2014 intangible cultural heritage conference is available for download. Click to download 2014 report .pdf.