Man speaking at one of the conference of Cultural heritage in conflict contexts

British Council

Wednesday 13 March 2019 08:03 to Thursday 14 March 2019 17:03

Colombia’s Cultural Heritage policy aims to “rescue” the intangible heritage of cultural forms of expression, establishing links with public institutions in different sectors and following the guidelines of UNESCO’s 2003 Policy for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.

At a national level, “Safeguarding Plans” are actions promoted to protect Cultural Heritage of the different ethnic communities, plans developed with the involvement of public institutions. This differs slightly from the patrimony-based approach taken in the United Kingdom. 

In order to raise public awareness of the importance of Cultural Heritage and the urgency to take measures for its protection in conflict areas. CH4IG Colombia, a British Council programme, has convened the Conference:

  • Conflict and Cultural Heritage, to be held at the Tequendama Hotel in Bogota, March 13th-14th 2019, where experts from the “Culture in Crisis Programme” at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, will share their experience working in this area.
  • The main goals of the conference are: recognize different points of view on the meaning of Cultural Heritage and its safeguarding, discuss the current protection initiatives proposed by the international community, share experiences and knowledge by governmental and non-governmental entities and indigenous leaders from the communities involved in the CH4IG Colombia programme. The Conference is also space for a dialogue on Cultural Heritage and its protection by local and international attendees.

The conference is of interest to governmental entities, institutions involved in heritage protection, and researchers in the area. A number of local experts will give 30-minute presentations on their stance on the conference topics.

How has the Colombian conflict-affected material and intangible Cultural Heritage, as well as traditions and knowledge? How did social conflict in Colombia influence the protection/preservation of places of cultural interest? What strategies have the communities developed to protect and preserve their heritage and safeguard their culture? What is the relationship between the peace process and agreements, and the initiatives to safeguard heritage? Which are the main threats and/or challenges in material and intangible heritage protection? These are some of the questions we would like to address.

Wednesday, March 13th 2019
8:00 - 8:15 Welcoming and presentation by participants from the British Council in Colombia.
8:15 - 9:00 Presentation of the CH4IG Global pilot programme and CH4IG Colombia.
9:00 - 10:30 Talk by experts of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: Vernon Rapley (Director of Cultural Heritage Protection and Security, V&A Museum) and Laura Jones (Culture in Crisis International Coordinator, V&A Museum). 
10:30 - 11:00 Break.
11:00 - 11:45 Talk by Alberto Escovar Wilson-White, Heritage Director, Ministry of Culture, Colombia.
11:45 - 12:30 Talk by María José Almarales, a researcher on Memory and Cultural Heritage.
12:30 - 13:00 Questions and closure.
Thursday, March 14th, 2019 Topics
8:00 - 17:00 Workshops led by experts of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and representatives of the following indigenous peoples: Yaruro, Cuiba, Puinave, Piaroa, Ette Ennaka and Misak.