A six-day UNESCO training “Inventory of intangible cultural heritage with the participation of communities”was held in Shymkent. Behind such a cumbersome name lies the desire of an authoritative international organization to help save the rich spiritual culture of individual countries. Time does not stand still, and much of what was familiar yesterday is now becoming exotic.

– Kazakhstan joined this UNESCO convention in 2011. It is designed to protect the part of the heritage of humanity that is not embodied in material form, – said the representative of UNESCO in Almaty Yuri Peshkov . – The concept of intangible cultural heritage includes traditional folk crafts, folk music culture and much more. Of course, this should be done by state structures, but special emphasis is placed on communities, that is, on those people who preserve this heritage.

Every year, UNESCO considers one application from one country. Now Kazakhstan has submitted to the register of the intangible heritage of humanity the art of playing the dombra and together with Kyrgyzstan an application for the inclusion of the art of aitys. The training program included trips of its participants to the districts of the region. In Saryagash district, they met with kuishi, in Arys – with koshm manufacturers, in Shymkent they visited the center of artisans.

What will this training give to local specialists?

– I think this is very important, no one, except the carriers themselves, will save their spiritual culture. And now there is a powerful legislative framework for this, ” said Mikhail Dikan, Honored Teacher of Kazakhstan, a participant of the training. – I want to raise here a very important, in my opinion, topic – the intangible heritage of the Soviet period, because there were also wonderful songs and films, all this should not be forgotten.

Well, today there is a legislative framework, there is the support of UNESCO, and how carefully we treat our intangible cultural heritage now depends only on us.

A. Goncharov