KIT Culture & Development

This weblog is an experiment by Anne Hardon, informationspecialist on Culture & Development (C&D) at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. We are developing a portal on C&D which will be launched in october 2006. The portal will provide extensive information (e-publications, databases, news) on 3 three subjects: museums & international development (developing countries), theatre & ID and cultural heritage. If you have information on these subjects, please let me know.

03 september 2006

Mekong Performing Arts Laboratory and HIV/AIDS Prevention

The 2006 laboratory (Hanoi) will consist of a three-week intensive training course linked with UNESCO’s project for innovative HIV-prevention approaches using traditional forms of performing arts in Asia.
The Mekong Performing Arts Laboratory is an annual mobile workshop designed primarily to provide avenues for performing arts training and exchanges from the Greater Mekong sub-region. The workshop will bring together 24 participants from the Greater Mekong Sub-Region: Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Thailand, Viet Nam and the Yunnan province of China, as well as 6 artists sponsored by UNESCO and a guest participant from Indonesia. More information >>

25 augustus 2006

Angola: Talks On Importance of Cultural Institution

August 24, 2006Posted to the web August 24, 2006
The Culture Ministry (Mincult), through the National Institute of Cultural Heritage holds this Thursday, in Luanda, a talk under the theme "Importance of cultural institutions in the preservation of the collective memory, conditions of the National Museums", in the ambit of the Third Symposium on National Culture, to be held next September, in Luanda. More information>>

24 augustus 2006

US Embassy provides Rs 8.6 million to restore two cultural sites

The US Embassy is providing the funds to the Patan Tourism Development Organization of Lalitpur district and to Heritage & Environment Conservation Foundation Nepal, Kathmandu. A grant of $85,535 will help restore the traditional waterspout at Nag Bahal in Patan, and a grant of $29,273 will help rebuild the Machali Pati, a traditional public rest house in Pachali, Teku, according to the statement. More information>>

11 juli 2006

Botswana: Our Culture is an Economic Asset

The distinction between traditional or folk music and 'modern' or 'contemporary' music becomes blurred outside of the commercial purpose of the various classifications.
Otherwise I do not see how the ditlhaka of the Batlokwa should be seen as 'un-modern' or 'not-contemporary'. This music is played today. It can be played on television and it can be adapted to 21st century technology. Why not? Perhaps 'traditional', apart from the purposes commercial classification, also refers to 'accoustic' or not electrified. It also, perhaps, refers to community ownership where a particular composer cannot be identified for purposes of copyright. An examination of the development of the arts in Botswana in the last 40 years will reveal neglect of the 'accoustic, community-owned' musics of the various Botswana ethnic groups. More>>

04 juli 2006

Denmark-Vietnam Culture Development and Exchange Fund to be launched

The Denmark-Vietnam Culture Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF) established by the Embassy of Denmark is launched today, June 30 at 53X Pasteur Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
The CDEF will support contemporary artists and cultural performances in Vietnam and cultural exchange activities between Denmark and Vietnam. The Danish culture will be presented in Vietnam to stimulate mutual inspiration and exchange of experiences between artists from both countries and in return, the Vietnamese culture will be introduced to the Danish public for better understanding and close friendship between the two peoples.
More information for applications for donation and others can be reached at

Vietnam selected to intangible cultural heritage committee

Vietnam was selected as a member to UNESCO’s transnational committee for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage at a 3-day meeting in Paris, a local newspaper reported.
Vietnam was among 18 members of the committee, chosen at the meeting on June 27-29 from 45 signatories of the convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The presence of Vietnam in the committee is an advantage for the country to raise its own worldwide cultural recognition, including the most recent submissions of Quan ho Bac Ninh (folk duets) and traditional Ca Tru (ceremonial songs).
Vietnam so far has two recognized intangible heritages: Gong and Nha Nhac (Vietnamese royal court music from Hue).
Source: Tuoi Tre – Translated by Thanh Tuan

Senegal elected to UNESCO heritage committee

Dakar, Senegal, 07/03 - Senegal was elected member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention to Safeguard Intangible Cultural Heritage during the UNESCO General Assembly held 27-29 June in Paris, the ministry of culture announced here."This election, which expresses the international community`s trust in our country, rewards Senegal`s relentless efforts toward the promotion of cultural diversity and the safeguard of the intangible cultural heritage of which the African continent is one of the richest guardians," the statement noted.The committee, first made up of representatives from 18 member states, will be extended to 24 members as soon as the number of signatories to the convention reaches 50 member states, a target that could be reached by the next general assembly.In addition to Senegal, Nigeria and Gabon represent Africa on the committee."This Convention essentially completes UNESCO`s normative system for the conservation of the cultural heritage," the statement indicated.It noted that the Convention seeks to preserve oral traditions and expressions (including the language as vehicle for the immaterial cultural heritage), performance arts, social, ritual practices and festive events, knowledge and practices about nature and the universe as well as the know-how on traditional craft industry.

31 mei 2006

India-Latvia-Cultural exchange

In order to increase cooperation in the fields of culture, art and mass media, India and Latvia signed a cultural exchange program here today.....more>>

23 mei 2006

What is our duty ?

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2006 : Further to the adoption of UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001, the General Assembly of the United Nations welcomed the Declaration and the main lines of the Action Plan and proclaimed 21 May as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (Resolution 57/249) More>>

Launch New African Heritage Fund

A fund to help the States of sub-Saharan Africa improve the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage will be launched in South Africa on 5 May. The African World Heritage Fund will also be used to help boost the number of African sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Sub-Saharan Africa is severely under-represented on the List. Despite great cultural and natural diversity, only 65 of the 812 World Heritage sites are to be found in this region. They constitute 43 percent of sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger. More >>