Events & Activities

Intangible & Invisible Workshop: Recognising intangible cultural heritage in place

Friday 20 October 2017, 1.30pm-4.15pm
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra

For more details and to register, go to the the dedicated event page.

The People’s Ground

The People’s Ground. Australia ICOMOS & National Trusts of Australia, 5-8 October 2016, Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne)

The extraordinary Melbourne Cricket Ground—popularly “The People’s Ground”—is the inspiration for this conference. This acknowledges that heritage is for and about people and community. Whilst place is central to conceptions of heritage, is it not intangible values—stories, memories, connections, emotions—that reveal and sustain our heritage?

The MCG is included on the National Heritage List, although its continual evolution means that most of the fabric is barely thirty years old. It has shared Aboriginal and non-Indigenous heritage values, and a prominent history to match its location in the landscape of the Yarra River.

The significance of the MCG extends far beyond that of a mere sports stadium. It is an integral part of the fabric of Melbourne and the nation, and has gained an egalitarian image as “the people’s ground”. (MCG NHL citation)

Join Australian and international experts next October at The People’s Ground for a once in a century gathering.

Other Events

Nature and Culture at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
The IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii (USA) in September 2016. This quadrennial IUCN meeting will bring together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of advancing conservation of the environment and harnessing the solutions nature – and culture – offers to meeting global challenges.

ICOMOS and IUCN, along with a growing group of our members and partners, now envision a high profile theme at the IUCN World Conservation Congress potentially to be called the “Culture/Nature Journey,” with multiple components that will address the interconnected character of natural and cultural heritage.  Achieving this objective, however, depends on a myriad of actual WCC session proposals.  To be considered, proposals must be submitted by 15th October 2015 through the WCC portal at:

Risks to Identity : Loss of Traditions and Collective Memory

The 2015 annual ICOMOS General Assembly and Advisory Committee, Fukuoka (Japan), with a Scientific Symposium on 29 October 2015 which will provide Part 3 of the Symposium cycle “Tangible Risks, Intangible Opportunities: Long-Term Risk Preparedness and Responses for Threats to Cultural Heritage”. The theme is “Risks to Identity: Loss of Traditions and Collective Memory”.

Projects of Interest

From Here & There is a cultural exchange and story telling project through making. The project connects contemporary art and design practice with traditional Indigenous cultures and artefacts to tell a story that explores the past and the present; dislocation and home; community and identity.