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Book Launch | Incredible Treasures_UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India | By Mapin Publishing

Revisiting Sites: Understanding Gender in the Heritage Sites | 18 April 2021 | World Heritage Day

On World Heritage Day, West Bengal Art Leadership Council, WICCI organized the talk to understand and revisit the placement of gender in terms of equality and equity in heritage sites of India. The president of WBALC, WICCI Ms. Reena Dewan was in conversation with Prof. Amareswar Galla.

Link to Recording: Click Here

Bihar Museum Biennale | Visions for Future Museums | 24th March 2021 | 5:30-6:45 PM

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LExyyiVgTGeJq6dFld8gzg

Having experienced the impetus to museum cultures, their engagement, and their outreach via the necessary adaptation required due to the pandemic how do we see the museum experience undergoing a change in the future? What is the new role of the museum? How is the museum visit going to change in terms of interaction, the virtual, and the exploratory? What role will data play in informing museum cultures? What can museums do to keep up with the technological and interactive design advancement to stay relevant? What will be the elements of the museum of the future?

Dr Amareswar Galla (UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development, Anant National University, Ahmedabad)
Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Director-General of CSMVS, Mumbai)
Abhishek Poddar (Founder, MAP)
Roobina Karode (Director & Chief Curator of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art)
Mofidul Hoque (Founder-Trustee, The Liberation War Museum)

Moderator: Suresh Jayaram, Founder of 1.Shanthiroad Studio

UNESCO Online Debate on Museums | Reflections on the Future of Museums | 18th March 2021 | 6:30-9:30 PM IST

UNESCO brings together 12 museum directors from around the world at an online debate on 18 March. The event will focus on the impact of the pandemic on museum institutions, the lessons learnt, how they are addressing ongoing challenges and shaping the future of museums. Over 90% of the world’s 95000 museums have closed their doors during the first wave of Covid19, a considerable percentage of which were shut down again since the last semester of 2020. Even though museums globally have quickly adapted to the situation, the impact of the pandemic will significantly change, even redefine, museums in the post Covid era.

After an opening by Lazare Eloundou Assomo (Director of Culture and Emergencies at UNESCO) and Alberto Garlandini (President of ICOM), the panelists will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of museums within two high-level panels.

The first panel, moderated by Laurella Yssap-Rinçon (Memorial ACTe Guadeloupe), includes Barbara Jatta (Vatican Museums), Barbara Helwing (Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin), Xudong Wang (Palace Museum, Beijing), Juliana Restrepo (National Museum of Colombia) and Tristram Hunt (Victoria & Albert Museum, London).

The second panel, moderated by Emmanuel Kasarhérou (Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac museum, Paris), includes Antonio Saborit (National museum of Anthropology of Mexico), Hamady Bocoum (Museum of Black Civilizations, Dakar), Mikhail Piotrovski (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim (National museum of Egyptian Civilization, Cairo) and Deborah Lynn Mack (National museum of African Art, Washington D.C.).

Watch the debate in French: http://webcast.unesco.org/live/room-12/fr

Watch the debate in English: http://webcast.unesco.org/live/room-12/en

For any questions or inquiries about this event, please contact UNESCO Museums Unit at: sec.mus@unesco.org

Heritage Matters Webinar 14 | Intangible Dance Heritage – Kalavantalu/’Devadasis’ | 8 March 2021 | 7:30-9:00 PM IST

Date: 8th March 2021, Monday, International Women’s Day

Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30 – 9:00 PM)

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/3uC1XWM

The complexity of safeguarding intangible heritage is yet to be researched in depth and understood through the First Voice of the respective Bearers and Transmitters. Not all elements of intangible heritage are for safeguarding. Most need to be disaggregated. Unpacked. One such element is the Dance Heritage of the Kalavantalu- Devadasis or traditional temple dancers of South India. The practice itself is legally banned. But the deep knowledge of dance and its associated creativity is highly endangered. As more and more people co-opt or appropriate their dance heritage, the livelihood of the Kalavantalu community groups has become a major concern. This webinar opens up the intercultural dialogue addressing UN SDG 5 on Women and Girls that has become imperative for safeguarding the dance heritage of Kalavantalu.

Panellist: Kalavantalu Heritage Transmitter Dr Yashoda Thakore, Kuchipudi and Devadasi Dance artist

Host: Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India; and Founding Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/USA.

Significance of Fellowships | 20th February 2021 | 5-6:30 PM IST

The Webinar on the ‘Significance of Fellowships’ will discuss the importance of scholarships in practice-based art research. The webinar invites experienced voices to introduce the audience to the essential aspects of fellowships and scholarships and discuss the pros and cons of such support systems, while exploring the possibilities of practice-based researches in the field of independent art practise.

Speakers: Prof Dr Amreswar Galla (Academician & Mentor), Pooja Sood (Art Administrator), Anurupa Roy (Practitioner, Former fellow and Initiator);

Moderator: Ms Reena Dewan (Director of KCC)

Zoom Webinar & Facebook Live
Date: 20th February 2021
Time: 17:00 – 18:30 hrs (IST)
Register at: https://bit.ly/3d2uO0n

To know more, visit – www.kolkatacentreforcreativity.org/program

Heritage Matters Webinar 13 | Existential Crisis of Biennales | 20 February 2021 | 7:30-9:00 PM IST

Date: 20th February 2021, Saturday

Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30 – 9:00 PM)

Recording Link: Click here to View
The circuit of Biennales and Triennials has come to a standstill. Most are deferred. It is an opportunity for the hosts and organizers to stop, reflect and re-envision the future of the way they engage with their main purpose. The plethora of these Biennials and Triennials of contemporary art has reached a plateau or existential crisis even before the Pandemic disruption. Three elements constitute the state of play: Paucity of resources; Contextuality; and balancing the Global hegemonic with the Integrity of the Host agency. Three outstanding thinkers will reflect on these and many other salient points.

Panellists: Bose Krishnamachari [Mumbai/Kochi], artist, independent curator and co-founder of Kochi Biennale Foundation and Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012; Board Member of International Biennale Association. Professor Dr Ute Meta Bauer [Germany/Singapore], Founding Director of the NTU CCA Singapore, Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; co-curator of Documenta 11 and 3rd Berlin Biennale and US Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale with Joan Jonas; and Co-curator, Istanbul Biennale 2022. Gina Fairley, ArtsHub’s National Visual Arts Editor; previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News; and extensive contributions on Biennales and Triennials in the Asia Pacific.

Host: Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad and Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia.

Korea’s lantern festival becomes UNESCO intangible cultural heritage

Source: The Korea Times

Yeondeunghoe, the Lotus Lantern Festival, held every year to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday, was listed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, Wednesday, becoming Korea’s 21st intangible cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO.

According to the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), the lantern festival was included on the list during the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage, the same day. The event was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris as well as online due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is with great pleasure that the evaluation body highly commends Yeondeunghoe for its function in encouraging dialogue among communities and cultures, which lead sto enhancing the visibility of intangible cultural heritages in general,” Chung Jae-suk, an administrator of the CHA, said.

“I do anticipate that the spirit of dialogue of Yeondeunghoe will be widely shared, offering inspiration in addressing conflicts between countries.”

The Lotus Lantern Festival is held around Buddha’s birthday, which falls on the eighth day of the fourth month on the lunar calendar. The festival, which consists of a Buddhist ceremony, a lantern procession and memorial service, symbolizes lighting up the world to make it an abundant and fair place for everyone.

The history of Yeondeunghoe dates back some 1,200 years, first appearing in the “Samguk Sagi” (History of the Three Kingdoms). In the book, under the reign of the 668-935 Unified Silla Kingdom, King Gyeongmun and Queen Jinseong visited the Hwangnyong Temple to observe lanterns on the occasion of the first full moon of the year in 866 and 890, respectively.

The tradition of lantern lighting continued in the 918―1392 Goryeo Kingdom, when Buddhism flourished. Directions for hosting Yeondeunghoe were included in “Hunyosipjo” (The 10 Injunctions) compiled by Goryeo’s first King Taejo for his successors. In the early Goryeo era, the lantern festival was held to observe the full moon of the first or second month in the lunar calendar and was later moved to the fourth day of the fourth month, to commemorate Buddha’s birthday.

The Lotus Lantern Festivals of Silla and Goryeo were primarily a Buddhist event, but the event became a folk event during the 1392-1910 Joseon Kingdom. As the authorities discontinued the official Buddhist lantern festival, the tradition continued as Gwandeung-nori, or the lantern celebration, in the Joseon era.

In the modern day parade, participants hold lanterns symbolizing Buddha’s wisdom. The shape and size of the lanterns varies, with each design symbolizing different cultural meanings ― a turtle shaped lantern symbolizes longevity, while fruit represents prosperity and fecundity.

Yeondeunghoe was designated as Intangible Cultural Heritage no. 122 in 2012 and the Yeondeunghoe Safeguarding Association is in charge of transmitting and passing down the tradition.

“Yeondeunghoe began as a Buddhist event, but it evolved into a spring festival anyone can participate in. People regardless of faith, age and gender take part in the Lantern Lighting Festival now and such traits correspond to the UNESCO’s guidelines for the Intangible Cultural Heritage list emphasizing community involvement,” an official of the CHA said.

This year’s Yeondeunghoe was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Next year’s event is scheduled from April to May, with the main lantern parade on May 15.

The CHA first nominated Yeondeunghoe for the UNESCO list in 2018 and amended it in 2019. It received a recommendation for inclusion on the list from the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in November.

Other Korean intangible cultural heritages recognized by UNESCO include ssireum (traditional Korean wrestling), Jeju haenyeo (women divers), nongak (community band music), kimjang (the making and sharing of kimchi) and the folk song Arirang as well as Jongmyojerye (royal ancestral rituals in the Jongmyo shrine and its music) and pansori (musical storytelling).

Heritage Matters 12 | Heritage and Values | 12 December 2020 | 7:30-9 PM IST

Date: 12th December 2020, Saturday

Time: 1930-2100 Indian Standard Time (7:30 – 9:00 PM)

Recording Link: Click Here

Research and evaluation of Heritage Matters Webinars reveal that COVID 19 has opened up opportunities to: address inequities in the system to embed sustainable in SDGs; transform education and workplaces to rebuild the way we do things; rethink leadership as transformative, inclusive and collaborative; scope with immediacy new approaches to the climate crisis; and address culture as an integral part of UN Agenda 2030. To sustain these aspirations, especially from the younger generations, how well can we focus revealing the values of the built environment and reshaping urban conservation, and consequently enabling cities to develop towards more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable environments? Could we address the inDivisibility of heritage and values to build future possibilities and normalities – yes in plural, multivocal and pluri-praxis to respect global cultural and linguistic diversity? Eminent panellists will address these and more questions and contestations to stimulate thinking.

Panellists: Prof Dr Ana Pereira Roders, UNESCO Chair in Heritage and Values, TUDelft, Delft; Prof Rabindra Vasavada, Architect FRAS, Former Head, Centre for Conservation Studies, CRDU CEPT University, Ahmedabad; and Ritika Khanna, Heritage Consultant and Researcher, MA in World Heritage, New Delhi.

Host: Prof Dr Amareswar Galla, Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad and Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia.

LADxNYUAD Symposium | Reframing Museums | 16-18 November 2020 |

Reframing Museums is a first-of-its-kind, virtual symposium to address new challenges and responsibilities facing museums today. The symposium will see a daily programme of roundtable panel discussions, break-out groups, and keynotes from global leaders such as HE Noura Al Kaabi (Minister of Culture and Youth, UAE), HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak (Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi), Jean-Luc Martinez (Director of Musée du Louvre, France), Kwame Anthony Appiah (Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University and NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE/USA), Krzysztof Pomian (historian and philosopher) and Nujoom Al Ghanem (poet and film director)

The programme was developed by a curatorial committee and informed by key learnings gleaned from pre-symposium workshops titled “Unframed Voices.” Hosted by both institutions, the workshops were conceived to enable active engagement from a broad range of voices before and during the symposium

The three-day symposium is free and open to the public. The full programme and registration are available on the Reframing Museums website.

Prof Amareswar Galla spoke on the topic ‘InDivisible World Views & Indigenous Peoples’ in Roundtable 5 | Voices of authority: expertise, participation and inclusion in the museum of tomorrow.  Click Here for Recording.

Click Here to view program overview.

Click here to view the speaker bios.