International Conference: Intangible Cultural Heritage, Museums and Innovation (DAY 1)

The power of transformation 

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During this International conference, we will explore the innovating and transformational power/capacity that intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and its safeguarding brings into museums today, and vice versa.


  • Subscription to the International conference on Tuesday February 5, 2019 is open to 40 museum- and heritage professionals from France. Participation is free of charge (lunch and coffee breaks included). You can consult the program here and subscribe via this link. There will be simultane translation from English to French, and from French to English.
  • People who are interested to also attend the Expert meeting on Wednesday February 6, 2019 (consult programme here) are asked to send an e-mail to, stating their name, organisation, e-mail address and phone number, and are asked to transfer 17 euro (covering for lunch and coffee) to 'Werkplaats immaterieel erfgoed': BE04 3800 1834 8431 (BIC: BBRUNEBB). Subscription to the Expert meeting on 06.02.2019  will be confirmed after we have received your bank transfer. 



05 February 2019 from 07:45 to 18:00
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La Cité internationale de la tapisserie (France)


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8h45 Coffee and registration 


by Valérie Simonet (Cité Internationale de la tapisserie and Conseil Départemental de la Creuse)

& Séverine Cachat (Maison des Cultures du Monde - Centre français du Patrimoine Culturel Immateriél)

9h35 Introduction: The Intangible Cultural Heritage & Museums Project

Intangble cultural heritage and museums: first results of the 2018 survey of the French Ministry of Culture - abstract

by Isabelle Chave (French Ministry of Culture)

10h20 Coffee break 

KEYNOTE Museums, intangible cultural heritage and innovation through participatory methodologies - abstract

by Filomena Sousa


The practitioner’s voice. Interview with practitioners of intangible cultural heritage on collaborating with museums

  • Aurelie Dumain (Musées départementaux Albert et Félicie Demard, dans le cadre de l’ethnopôle « Réinventons les musées populaires ») and Marie Boyard (Gang des chiffonnières)
  • Delphine Mangeret - 'cartonnière' (Cité internationale de la tapisserie et de l'art tissé)
  • ·Paul Terral - Phare Ouest / Musée des arts et traditions populaires de Cancale

12h55 Lunch break 

Museums from throughout Europe present their inspiring cases on intangible cultural heritage and innovation (part 1)

  • Sylvie De Coster - Texture (BE): Biolace
  • Emmanuel Gérard - Cité internationale de la tapisserie (FR): Aubusson weaves Tolkien
  • Jantiene van Elk - TextielMuseum (NL): TextielLab
  • Frank Hemeltjen: Kenniscentrum Immaterieel Erfgoed Nederland / Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (NL): CraftsLab
15h25 Coffee break 

Museums from throughout Europe present their inspiring cases on intangible cultural heritage and innovation (part 2)

  • Sarah Kenderdine - Laboratory for Experimental Museology (CH): The Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive
  • Hilde Langeraert - Industriemuseum (BE): Busy printing! The revival of printing techniques. The museum as a showcase and activity centre
  • Rosa Anna Di Lella - Museo delle Civiltà (IT): The Making of a Point of View. Spotlight on Indonesian and Malaysian collections
  • Ineke Steevens - NAVIGO (BE): The role of a participatory museum in safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. The case of the shrimp fishers on horseback in Oostduinkerke (Flanders - Belgium) in a co-creative project

Reflections on the day

by Cécile Duvelle (former Chief of the Section of Intangible Heritage Section of UNESCO and Secretary of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage)

18h00 Presentation of the collaboration between the Cité Internationale de la tapisserie & Théâtre des Origines: 'PCI qu'es aquò?'  


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