By ratifying the Convention in May 2010,Serbia undertook its implementation. The national law confirming the Convention The Ministry of Culture and Information of theRepublic of Serbia is in charge of theimplementation of the Convention. Collaboration has been established with theCommission of the Republic of Serbia forUNESCO at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION FOR THE SAFEGUARDINGOF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE REPUBLIC OFSERBIA
National Intangible Cultural HeritageCommittee Commission for the Inscription ofIntangible Heritage Elements into theNational Register Centre for the Intangible Cultural Heritageunder the auspices of the EthnographicMuseum in Belgrade Regional coordinatorsNETWORK FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLECULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
Shall adopt and devise the strategy for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritageof the Republic of Serbia; Shall take an active part in harmonizing the national legislation with internationalstandards so as to include the field of intangible cultural heritage; Shall adopt proposals for the inscription of intangible heritage elements into the NationalRegister of the Intangible Cultural Heritage; Shall supervise the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding ofthe Intangible Cultural Heritage and draft annual reports on the implementation of theConvention to the UNESCO Committee; Shall adopt and supervise a national system for the implementation ofthe UNESCO programme Living Heritage Guardians; Shall supervise the drafting and implementation of projects, surveys,studies and other documents in the field of the safeguarding ofintangible cultural heritage.NATIONAL INTANGIBLE CULTURALHERITAGE COMMITTEE
COMMISSION FOR THE INSCRIPTION OF INTANGIBLEHERITAGE ELEMENTS INTO THE NATIONAL REGISTER Shall evaluate proposals for the inscription into the National Register ofthe Intangible Cultural Heritage and submit them to the National IntangibleCultural Heritage Committee; Shall initiate the activities of regional coordinators for the preservation andprotection of intangible cultural heritage; Shall propose and coordinate national programs, projects and activitiesaimed at protection and preservation of intangible cultural heritage; Shall coordinate regional and international programs and networking withthe existing regional and international structures; Shall propose, promote and supervise the implementation of measuresaimed at protection and preservation of listed intangible cultural heritage; Shall prepare nominations for the inscription of intangible cultural heritageelements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage ofHumanity and the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of UrgentSafeguarding; Shall coordinate and organize a national system for the implementation ofthe UNESCO program Living Heritage Guardians.
Shall implement activities aimed at discovering and identifying elements of intangiblecultural heritage within a region; Shall help to establish cooperation among communities, groups, individuals, experts,professional centres and research institutes with the aim of collecting, documenting,archiving andconserving heritage-related data; In collaboration with the Centre of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, they shall takenecessary measures to sensitize communities, groups and individuals to the importanceand value of their intangible cultural heritage, as well as to the importance and value ofthe Convention; Shall collect and submit proposals to the Commission for the Inscription of IntangibleHeritage Elements into the National Register (Centre for the Intangible Cultural Heritageunder the auspices of the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade)REGIONAL COORDINATORS
Shall collect, document, archive and conserve thedata on intangible cultural heritage obtained fromcommittees / work groups on the regional level, aswell as from professional and scientific institutions,research and documentation centres, expert,individuals and the relevant non-governmentalorganizations; The Centre shall compile and maintain the inventoryof intangible cultural heritage; The entire documentation on a nominated element ofintangible cultural heritage shall be permanentlypreserved in the Centre in accordance with therelevant legislation and shall serve as a database ofthe intangible cultural heritage in the Republic ofSerbia.CENTRE FOR THE INTANGIBLECULTURAL HERITAGE
NATIONAL REGISTER OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OFTHE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA The National Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Serbiaheld a meeting on 18th June 2012, at the premises of the Ministry of Culture andMedia, where it adopted the proposed List of 27 elements of intangible culturalheritage for their registration into the National Inventory
List of elements of intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Serbia1. Saint Patron’s Day, (Слава)2. Prayer – St. George’s Day ritual (Молитва)3. Belmuž - Traditional shepherd dish made ofunripened cheese, (Белмуж)4. Ritual of making and lighting farmer candles(Обичај изливања и паљења ратарскихсвећа)5. Making of Pirot hard cheese, (Израдапиротског качкаваља)6. Rug-making in Pirot, (Пиротскоћилимарство)7. Craft of filigree work, (master Krist Beriša,silversmith) (Филигрански занат, КристБериша)8. Craft of stonemasonry, Bela Voda,(Клесарски занат, Бела Вода)9. Pazar meat pie prepared in traditional way,(Пазарске мантије)10. Zlakusa pottery, (Злакуска лончарија)11. Kosovo-style embroidery, (Косовски вез)12. Singing accompanied by gusle, (Певање узгусле)13. Groktalica singing, (Грокталица)14. Clamor singing, (Певање из вика)15. Era-style humor (Ерски хумор) oral humortradition of the Užice region,16. Kolo dance, three-steps kolo, six-steps kolo,(Коло, коло у три, коло у шест)17. Rumenka kolo dance, (Руменка)18. Bagpipe playing, (Свирање на гајдама)19. Pipe-playing practice (Фрулашка пракса)(on traditional shepherd flute)20. Kaval playing (Свирање на кавалу) (ontraditional flute of South Serbia and Kosovo)21. Slovak naive art painting, (Наивносликарство Словака)22. Lazarica processions from Sirinićka Župa,(Лазарице у Сиринићкој жупи)23. Wooden flask making in Pilica village,(Израда дрвених чутура у селу Пилица)24. Vuk’s Convocation (Вуков сабор)25. Ojkača singing, (Ојкача)26. City songs from Vranje, (Врањска градскапесма)27. Easter Ritual of Guarding Jesus ChristsTomb, (Чување Христовог Гроба)
PERFORMING ARTS Kaval playing Pipe-playing practice Bagpipe playing in Serbia Rumenka kolo dance Kolo dance, three-steps kolo, six-stepskolo Clamor singing Groktalica singing Ojkača singing City songs from Vranje
CRAFTSMANSHIP Wooden flask making in Pilica village Slovak naive art painting Kosovo-style embroidery The Zlakusa pottery Mantija (pie) from Novi Pazar Craft of stonemasonry, Bela Voda Craft of filigree work Making of Pirot hard Rug-making in Pirot Belmuž
CUSTOMS Saint Patron’s Day Ritual of making and lighting farmer candles Molitva - Prayer – St. George’s Day ritual Easter Ritual of Guarding Jesus Christs Tomb Lazarke procession from Sirinićka Župa
ORAL TRADITION Era-style humor Singing accompanied by gusle
Slava – Celebration of Family Saint Patron’s DayThe Spring Celebration: Hıdrellez/Saint George’s Day (muliti-nationa nomanation)Nomination for the inscription on the UNESCO Representative List ofthe Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
PROMOTION OF THE CONVENTIONImmediately following the ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the IntangibleCultural Heritage, its promotion was organized in Zlakusa, Sirogojno and Kremna with the aim ofdrawing attention to the diversity and importance of intangible cultural heritage in Serbia.Sirogojno, ZlakusaMay 2010
PROMOTION OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THEREPUBLIC OF SERBIAThe conference featured a presentation of the activities aimed at the implementation of theConvention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage undertaken in Serbia, as wellas a presentation of the proposals for the inscription into the National Register submitted byregional coordinators and other experts and collaborators.Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade,December 2011
REGIONAL SEMINAR ON THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGEThe First Regional Seminar on the Intangible Cultural Heritage was held in Sirogojno late in2010. Along with experts from Serbia, it was attended by representatives of the UNESCOVenice Office and Bulgarian and Croatian experts.Sirogojno, November 2010
THE FIFTH ANNUAL SEMINAR OF THE SOUTHEAST EUROPEANEXPERTS NETWORK ON THE SAFEGUARDING OF INTANGIBLECULTURAL HERITAGE.The Fifth Annual Seminar of the Southeast European Experts Network on theSafeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage was held at the Ethnographic Museum inBelgrade in May 2011, under the title From a National Implementation to RegionalCollaboration.Belgrade, May 12–13, 2011
EDUCATION PROGRAMMES ORGANIZED IN2011Zaječar, November 2011Regional symposium aimed at informing experts from cultural institutions,associations and individuals on the implementation of the Convention for theSafeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Kraljevo, December 2011Regional symposium on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage aimed at informing expertsfrom cultural and scientific institutions and economic and tourism organizations, as well asassociations and individuals about the aims of the ConventionEDUCATION PROGRAMMES ORGANIZED IN2011
Sirogojno, December 2011Education workshop aimed at assisting coordinators and local communityrepresentatives in filling in the application formEDUCATION PROGRAMMES ORGANIZED IN2011
Conference ’’Oral traditions of ethnicminorities as part of Serbia’s intangibleheritage’’Kovačica, February 2012Seminar on the implementation on ICHConventionSmederevo, June 2013The Conference in Kovačica was organized onthe occasion of the International Day of theMother Tongue with the aim of informingrepresentatives and bearers of the culturalprogrammes of ethnic minorities in Serbia withthe UNESCO Convention for the Safeguardingof the ICH and thereby enabling them to moreeasily identify elements of their intangiblecultural heritage and prepare their proposals forthe inscription into the National Register of theIntangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic ofSerbia.
JOURNAL INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF SERBIAThe first volume of thejournal Intangible CulturalHeritage of Serbia waspublished in 2011. The aimof the journal is to presenttheoretical dilemmas andproblems in heritagesafeguarding, as well aspractical experiences relatedto the identification andprotection of intangiblecultural heritage. It alsooffers relevant informationboth to heritageprofessionals andpractitioners of that heritage,thereby enabling them tounderstand its value andimportance.
Opening of the Center for intangiblecultural heritage of Serbiaat the Ethnographic Museum in BelgradeJune, 2012
Programs in 2013Nominations submitted for the representative list of UNESCO:-Hidrelleze/St.George’s Day (multinational file, together with Turkey, Ro-mania, Moldova, Macedonia and Croatia)-Saint Patron’s DayThe call launched for new proposals for national inventoryFollow-up on the already inscribed elementsWebsite and database developmentForthcoming:-Promotion of entries to the national inventory of ICH-Promotive film on ICH of Serbia-Magazine on ICH vol. 2-Lectures on oral traditions in the framework of ICH (by Mr Rieks Smets)-Regional research projects on new proposals for the national list-Individual projects (Herbalists as living heritage; Master builders’ skills as ICH)