On 27 January 2020, the exhibition “Safeguarding of traditional crafts and arts as precondition for peace building” was openned in the museum Literary Prydniprovia (Middle Dnipro region) in the city of Dnipro. It is the joint initiative of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Ministry of Culture of Columbia, National Union of Folk-Art Masters of Ukraine, Development Centre “Democracy through Culture” and Department of Culture, Nationalities and Religions of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration. The exposition is based on the best practice of Columbia for safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage “Safeguarding strategy of traditional crafts for peace building” inscribed in 2019 in the UNESCO’s Register of Good Safeguarding Practices https://ich.unesco.org/en/BSP/safeguarding-strategy-of-traditional-crafts-for-peace-building-01480.
The motto of proposed exhibition, “Living tradition – living knowledge – living culture – living world”, demonstrates the decisive role of culture, traditional knowledge and skills, transmitting from generation to generation, transforming and updating, in the development of modern society, achievement of socia cohesion and peace. Basing upon the visual and textual presentation of 11-cities-programme, generously provided by the Ministry of Culture of Columbia, the exposition presents also the Ukrainian practice allowing to develop no less successful programme of creative way to peace and social cohesion in Ukraine.
As Natalia Pershyna, chief of the Department of Cultures, Nationalities and Religions of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration, said at exhibition openning: “It is the first step for discussing new directions in ICH safeguarding since Dnipropetrovsk region is the region which has inscribed, firstly in Ukraine, ICH elements for UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, namely, Petrykivka decorative painting and Cossack’s songs of Dnipropetrovsk Region. The region has long experience in this area and could demonstrate how important is the transmittion of knowledge between generations leading to understanding, dialogue and creative cooperation.
Lilia Hyrenko, chief of Department on Humanitarian, Social-Cultural Sphere and Education of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, highlighted that a set of events were organized in the region concerning such important issues as gender and ICH, sustainable tourism and other. Various exhibitions and festivals were organizing in the region directed at ICH promotion not only in the region but outside as well, demonstrating the importance of culture and cultural heritage for developing a community, a region or a country.
The National Programme for safeguarding traditional crafts initiated by the Ministry of Culture of Columbia is one of pillars of ICH safeguarding of Columbia and Latin America as a whole. «Safeguarding strategy of traditional crafts for peace building» was inscribed in 2019 in the UNESCO’s Register of Good Safeguarding Practices: https://ich.unesco.org/en/BSP/safeguarding-strategy-of-traditional-crafts-for-peace-building-01480. The priority of the Strategy, as it is said in the nomination file, is the apprenticeship of young people, of those who are exposed to the effects of armed conflict, lack of opportunities, school desertion and unemployment; the crafts and skills development centers offer alternative opportunities for learning, entrepreneurship, work and sustainability.
The Ukrainian part of the exposition is built in such a manner to show as wide as possible the diversity of traditional crafts, skills and arts, as well as cultural traditions in Ukraine and their invaluable significance in the ordinary life. It should be noted that a lot of young people learning traditional crafts took part in the openning of the exhibition. Tetiana Harkava, master of Petrykivka painting, ICH bearer, pointed out the importance of intergeneration transmition of knowledge and skills.
One can find in the exposition, among other, elements representing Luhansk region and demonstrating how essential are today the issues of building peace and social cohesion through cultural ineraction, attraction of young people for learning traditional arts. The exhibition underlines the possibilities of Ukraine in this direction: each locality adds its own sample of living culture representing, thus, people of different nationalities and age which are cultural ambassadors of peace.
Living tradition–living knowledge– living culture– living Ukraine!