The Egyptian state has a national strategy for the preservation and protection of intangible cultural heritage. Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Culture, has succeeded in registering 7 different elements of traditional arts in the UNESCO World Heritage List, in addition to Egypt’s endeavor during the coming period to register many elements that represent a major component. In our cultural heritage, and during the next report, we review the elements that have been recorded and others that are being prepared.
UNESCO adopted the Hilaly biography in 2008, and it joined the UNESCO list of intangible heritage, and the Hilaly biography was the first Egyptian file to be included in the list.
The registration of the art of tahtib came in 2016, which was submitted by the Ministry of Culture in 2014, but the file was withdrawn to make a set of amendments, and resubmitted to the organization, after its completion. The delegation of Egyptian culture was headed by Dr. Nahla Imam, a professor at the Academy of Arts, and the Egyptian file received support Strong from the countries of Algeria, Palestine, Lebanon and the rest of the countries that have the right to vote in this meeting, in addition to the countries participating in the meeting, which are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Oman and Jordan.
The Ministry of Culture succeeded in including the file of traditional hand puppets, known as the art of "Araguz", in the Urgent Safeguarding List of Intangible Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
On September 15, 2020, the Ministry of Culture received a certificate of registration of the "palm tree" file, which included "knowledge - skills - traditions - practices" in the UNESCO Representative List of Human Heritage, which Egypt participated in submitting to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage during its fourteenth session. City of Bogota, Colombia.
Egypt succeeded in registering the handicrafts of Upper Egypt on the lists of urgent safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO, through the efforts of the Ministries of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Egypt succeeded, in coordination with the countries of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia, in registering the Arabic calligraphy on the lists of urgent safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage. .
Holy Family Journey
During the past year, Egypt succeeded, through the efforts of the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, in recording the journey of the Holy Family. During the seventeenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was held in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, Egypt was able to mobilize broad support that reached the point of consensus on its registration of the element. .
In this regard, Dr. Nevin Al-Kilani, Minister of Culture, said that registering the celebrations associated with the Holy Family’s journey on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage is a message of peace, love and security from the land that embraced the Holy Family and revived its path and maintained, over hundreds of years, the celebration of its journey to Egypt at a time when the world is witnessing Conflicts over faith, noting that this is the message that Egypt emphasized during its speech at the meetings of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Safeguarding Committee today in Rabat.
Steps to preserve and protect files registered with UNESCO
In order to preserve and protect a number of files that Egypt has succeeded in including on the UNESCO safeguarding lists, the Ministry of Culture has taken many steps, such as establishing a school for Arabic calligraphy, as well as organizing the annual forum for the art of “hand puppets” and a special school for it, and other steps that preserve the recorded elements. .
Files on the UNESCO table
The state attaches great importance to preserving heritage, as Egypt is rich in many intangible heritage elements that the ministry is trying to register on the lists of the "UNESCO" organization.
Egypt has submitted the "Sesameya" file to UNESCO to include it on the list of intangible heritage, in cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and that this file is scheduled to be evaluated during the UNESCO meeting in 2024, according to Dr. Nahla Imam, advisor to the Ministry of Culture for Intangible Heritage.
The “Tala” submission file will also be re-submitted after its amendment, and Egypt will also submit a number of files for dishes that document the Egyptian cuisine, including “bread” of all kinds, “koshary” and others, as countries’ registration of their intangible heritage elements does not prevent other countries from registering their similar elements on lists. UNESCO for intangible heritage as long as the element meets the requirements for its registration with UNESCO, as explained by the Ministry of Culture's advisor for intangible heritage, Dr. Nahla Imam.