Listening Pause

Protecting our Intangible Cultural Heritage

Given that contemporary ideas of knowledge and education have privileged the textual, other forms of cultural knowledge - oral, musical or movement based - need closer attention in order for us to better understand our antecedents. This series of round tables, keynotes and performances will explore the preservation and knowledge of Intangible Cultural Heritage and its contribution to the development of new partnerships across sustainability, climate change, community building and coexistence. At a time of rapid and profound change in our socio-economic and natural ecosystems, intangible heritage is more likely to dissipate at an increased pace. Without rapid response, especially in regions least represented in international safeguarding efforts, we might lose these valuable practices and knowledge forever. A ‘listening pause’ gives the stage to those practitioners who are grappling with these questions in critical ways.