The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica / Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB) in collaboration with the UNESCO Cluster Office in Kingston will host a national workshop on inventory making in the area of Intangible Cultural Heritage. With financial support from the Government of Japan, the workshop will take place at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, from Monday, December 10 to Friday, December 14, 2012.
The public is invited to the opening ceremony on Monday, commencing at 9:00 a.m. This workshop is one of the activities under the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which seeks to assist member states in strengthening their capacities for the implementation of the Convention. The immediate aim is to establish and further develop inventories of intangible cultural heritage in Jamaica.
As the agency that is foremost in dealing with Intangible Cultural Heritage, the ACIJ/JMB is the most likely partner for this venture.
The ACIJ/JMB is a division of the Institute of Jamaica that serves to deepen public awareness of the contribution of African cultural retentions, to the Jamaican social ethos. To fulfill this mission, the ACIJ has developed a systematic research and documentation programme, which has produced a considerable body of material on the nation’s cultural heritage, thereby affirming its importance as a centre for the study of the African presence in Jamaican and Caribbean culture.