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Implementing the UNESCO convention for the safeguarding of ICH in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina – Ms. Marija Radakovic, Senior Curator at Museum of Kozera in Prijedor

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Ms. Marija Radakovic, Senior Curator at Museum of Kozera in Prijedor

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  • 1. 1IMPLEMENTING THE UNESCOCONVENTION FOR THESAFEGUARDING OF ICHIN BOSNIAAND HEZEGOVINAMay 2013SofiaSeventh Annual Regional meeting on Intangible Cultural Heritage“New strategies for sustainable development, tourism and partnership”Sofia, Bulgaria, 27-28 May 2013Radakovic MarijaSenior curatorRepresentativeOf Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina was ratify the 16th July 2008. UNESCO’s Convention onthe Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was published in the ,,OfficialGazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina’’ – International Agreement No. 11/08.For the protection of intangible cultural heritage, every country in the mannergeared to it’s own situation, draw up a list of intangible heritage located on it’sterritory, which was later updated regularly.Cultural area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on constitution of the country, is underthe jurisdiction of the entities, the cantons and the district Brcko and in accordancewith that, also are the obligations for the implementation of ratified internationalconventions.At the level of Bosnia and Herzegovina there is a Ministry of Civil Affairs, whichis responsible for the cultural co-ordination of the activities of entity authoritiesand establishment of international cooperation.
  • 2. 2At the level of the Republic of Serbian responsible Ministry is the Ministry ofEducation and the Culture, while the Ministry of culture and sport is responsiblefor the entity of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Federation has 10 cantonsand each canton has it’s own ministry responsible for culture. Brcko District alsohas a department that deals with culture.After the ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of IntangibleCultural Heritage, Ministry of Civil Affairs has received the support of UNESCOto prepare a preliminary list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bosnia. On thatbasis, the engaged experts from both entities have compiled a preliminary list ofIntangible Cultural Heritage in Bosnia as follows:1. Patron Saint2. Ignition žižnica3. Nevesinjske Olympics games4. Zmijanjski berth5. Mrkonjicki smiths6. Osaćanski language7. Picking at the grass Ive Ozren8. Woodcarving9. Traditionally shoeing eggs in Kresevo10. The art of lace-ceramic11. Pilgrimage to Ajvatovica,Prusac12. Holy pilgrimage. Iva Podmilačje13. Making pottery in Liješevu14. The practice of cutting the Kupres15. Ganga16. Ballads, musical and poetic form of the citys musical tradition17. The art of building a musical instrument karaduzen18. 11th Musical form of singing, "three", Natron, Zabljak19. Jumps from the Old Bridge in MostarNational Commission for Cooperation UNESCO with Bosnia and Herzegovinaconfirmed the preliminary list.This year, on the Museum of the Republic of Serbian’s proposal, the StateCommission accepted the nomination of Zmijanje embroidery for RepresentativeList of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the proposal has been submitted to theUNESCO. This is the first intangible property nominated from Bosnia forRepresentative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
  • 3. 3In accordance with the authority in the field of intangible cultural heritage, withagreement of officials from the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republicof Serbian, ethnologists, ethnomusicologists and literature from Rs professors haveput together a commission to deal with the intangible heritage.In 2011. elected committee members informed the Minister of Culture of theimportance and the need to protect intangible cultural heritage.In 2012 Law on Intangible Cultural Heritage entered the Museums Act.According to the Law on Museums (89/08 and 57/12) Department of IntangibleCultural Heritage Museum of Republic of Serbian established a preliminary list ofthe Intangible Cultural Heritage of Republic of Serbian of:1. Patron Saint2. Ignition žižnice3. Nevesinjska Olympics games4. Zmijanjski berth5. Mrkonjicki smiths6. Osaćanski language7. Picking at the grass Ive OzrenIn 2012. a book has been published about traditional crafts in the Republic ofSerbian.In 2013. the first proposal was nominated of the Serbian Republic - "Zmijanjskiembroidery" in the UNESCO’s list of world intangible cultural heritage.In 2013. we will be trying to expand our preliminary list of national intangiblecultural heritage.From FederationAs for the preservation of cultural and historical legacy, in the Federation ofBosnia and Herzegovina, the situation developed as follows:After the signing and ratification of the Convention on the Protection of IntangibleCultural Heritage, the State Commission for co-operation with UNESCO askedfrom the entity ministries to send the expert proposals for the creation of list ofnon-material heritage that should be protected.
  • 4. 4Entity Coordinator for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural and historicalheritage has in contact with experts and cantonal authorities prepared and sent a listof 12 elements as an expert proposal as follows:1. Wood carving2. Traditionally shoeing eggs in Kresevo3. The art of lace-ceramic4. Pilgrimage to Ajvatovica, Prusac5. Holy pilgrimage. Iva Podmilačje6. Making pottery in Liješevo7. The practice of cutting the Kupresu8. Ganga9. Ballads, musical and poetic form of the citys musical tradition10. The art of building a musical instrument karaduzen11. Musical form of singing, "three", Natron, Zabljak12. Jumps from the Old Bridge in MostarSubsequently, the State Commission informed the Federal Ministry of Culture andSports that it has accepted the expert proposals for temporary list.Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports has informed all the cantons on the adoptedelements of a national list.Coordinating work in terms of creating a National List has been exhausted, and thecantons, which have full jurisdiction in culture of Federation are takingresponsibility for actions to protect cultural heritage from the provisional list.Ministry of Culture and Sports has taken on the task of periodically completes thelist of suggestions from the Federation, and to report to the cantonal ministries inline with its coordinating role and constitutional authority of any status changes ofelements of list.Regarding the legislative framework, Ministry of Culture and Sport has no powerover the bill so that it could not recommend the production, except in the form ofinitiatives and competent cantonal ministries have achieved different results on thisissue:Of the ten cantons in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, five cantonsaccepted legislation in the field of cultural and historical heritage: the Una-Sana
  • 5. 5Canton, Zenica-Doboj, Herzegovina-Neretva, West Herzegovina and the SarajevoCanton. It is important to note that only the Law on the protection of cultural andhistorical heritage of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton identifies and clearlydefines intangible cultural heritage as part of the overall heritage
  • 6. 5Canton, Zenica-Doboj, Herzegovina-Neretva, West Herzegovina and the SarajevoCanton. It is important to note that only the Law on the protection of cultural andhistorical heritage of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton identifies and clearlydefines intangible cultural heritage as part of the overall heritage

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