On 29 November 2019, the round table on ICH issues took place in the National Union of Folk-Art Master of Ukraine, as a continuation of the scientific conference “Education in the ICH: research and safeguarding”. Representatives of various research and art institutions and culture organizations – National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, National Union of Folk-Art Masters of Ukraine, Scientific Methodological Center for ICH of Nations Living in Azov Sea Region at Melitopol State Pedagogical University named after B. Khmelnytsky, Donetsk oblast scientific methodological center of culture, Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv State M. Boichuk Academy of Decorative and Applied Art, Development Centre “Democracy through Culture”, ICH bearers and masters gathered at the round table to discuss actual problems “Practical tools of the informal ICH education”.
Yevghen Shevchenko, the head of the National Union of Folk-Art Masters of Ukraine, told about Union activities related to the informal education, particularly about numerous master classes conducted by Union members, interactive exhibitions, lectures, events of transferring knowledge from master to apprentice. Round table participants had the opportunity to see presentations of the All-Ukrainian exhibition-contest “Best work of the year” which took place in the Union hall.
Discussed issues addressed not only different forms of education but also related questions: dissemination of the information and promotion, special programmes existing in the ICH sphere to safeguard the living culture. In particular, it referred to ethic principles, intellectual property rights, author’s rights.
Masters in pysanka art (Easter eggs painting), Tetiana Vlenenko and Liubov Ktitorova, telling about their work, noted that “the Ukrainian pysanka is a real reflection of the living culture of Ukraine, there are intertwined imagination, tradition, knowledge about surrounding world and the miracle of creation”. It is a unique phenomenon able to unite around itself all regions of Ukraine and Ukrainians living abroad, contributing to peace building and social cohesion.
Leonid Nahirniak, pottery master, demonstrated his works presented in the exhibition, revealed used technologies and told about his work with students of the Kyiv State M. Boichuk Academy of Decorative and Applied Art and about events during Ukrainian Symposium of the folk art in the city of Chyhyryn where pottery plener annually took place gathering all interested in pottery art.
International experts, UNESCO ICH network facilitators, Velika Stojkova Serafimovska (Norther Macedonia) and Alla Stashkevich (Belarus) had an opportunity to address important issues with practitioners: risks for ICH, neglect of ethical principles in ICH, violation of intellectual property rights, appropriation of heritage, disrespect to heritage presentations. Round table participants concluded that similar problems existed in all represented countries. Therefore, the joining forces to realize joint projects could be an efficient means to overcome risks and threats. The intangible cultural heritage should unite since it carries eternal values of living culture. Velika Stojkova Serafimovska gave an example of Macedonian living folk music that united all Balkan peoples and resonated to the large extent with Ukrainian polyphonic singing.
Alla Stashkevich noted that Ukraine and Belarus, as neighbouring countries, had many common ICH presentation in frontier regions, thus mutual respect and research would promote safeguarding, transfer and development of such heritage.