South African Cultural Observatory

ICCROM Inception Workshop

BY 13.12.23

Cultural and natural heritages are considered invaluable resources. They can be used for a variety of purposes, from promoting destinations to constructing nations. To protect, preserve and promote the values of national cultural heritage, Iziko Museum, in partnership with ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), invited various stakeholders from all over Africa, to participate in an inception workshop. The sole purpose of the Workshop, was exchanging ideas, for the establishment of a Youth Heritage Hub in South Africa. Mr Espéra Donouvossi from ICCROM stated that “young people are able to be creative and take the lead in reflecting on the kind of society we live in through various forms of cultural expressions such as theatre, poetry and music, the South African Youth Heritage Hub aims to bring that creativity into existence”. Iziko has been tasked with establishing the hub by June 2024. In closing the meeting, Dr. Purity Kiura, who established the Kenyan Youth Heritage Hub stated that “African youth should be the custodians of their own cultural heritage”.

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