On April 19, 2018, in the town of Melitopol (Zaporizhia region) the Interrregional practical seminar “Studying, popularization and safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of the region: experience of Melitopol neighborhood”. The seminar was organized by the cultural department of Melitopol City Council and moderated by Olha Fomina.

The intensive and interesting programme was a result of collaboration between specialists of various regions aimed at sharing experience on key issues related to the implementation of Convention, that is, popularization, communication, distribution of knowledge on ICH.

Olena Arabaji, the provost of Melitopol State Pedagogical University named after B. Khmelnytsky, presented the tradition of Karaite from Melitopol entertainment and her author course “Intangible cultural heritage of peoples of Azov Sea region” which is taught in the university. Seminar participants visited the Center of Karaite Culture “Kale” where engaged to the Karaite tradition: preparation of Karaite pies. It should be reminded that the “Tradition of Karaites from Melitopol entertainment” has been inscribed to the Liast of intangible cultural heritage of Zaporizhia region[1].

During the practical seminar there were presented artisans’ workpieces and the master class for Petrykivka painting was carried out.

The ICH expert of Zaporizhia regional methodological center, Olena Nesterenko, told about ICH safeguarding initiatives in Zaporizhia region.   

This seminar became a continuation of 5-day training on UNESCO Convention implementation which was held on February 5-9, 2018, in the city of Dnipro, with participation of international experts.