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Intangible Cultural Heritage


The Institute for Social and Cultural Research is responsible for implementing the 2003 UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Belize. Intangible Cultural Heritage refers to oral traditions; performing arts; social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; and traditional craftsmanship skills. This includes safeguarding traditions such as Finados, Semana Santa, Yurumei, Christmas Bram, Oxlajun Baaktun, and Carnaval, to name a few.

ISCR works closely with communities to identify and document the various forms of ICH that exist in Belize; to create educational materials about ICH in Belize; and to provide technical support to groups and communities engaged in protecting ICH.