I had the opportunity to attend the 7th UNESCO NGO Forum on May 3-5, and I learned about the experiences of the international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) affiliated with UNESCO.
Representatives of over 350 organisations attended the Forum. It was evident that most of the world’s countries are keen to preserve and protect tangible and intangible folk heritage. A great deal of consideration was given to attempts to make valuable cultural heritage into a commercial commodity for illicit material gain.
Several sources agree that the Rebab, an instrument used to play nostalgic music, spread from the Arabian Peninsula to other areas of the world. The Western historian Henry George Farmer said that a branch of the Salim Tribe of Yemen took the Rebab across the Red Sea to rural areas of Egypt during the second century after Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) migration.
Folk discourse is characterised by the audience’s direct response during oral performances. Due to its flexible nature, folk discourse allows for additions and deletions whenever it is performed, so every performance yields a new narration co-authored by the narrator and the audience.
Standardisation is an institutional activity carried out by specialised organisations that are recognised internationally, such as ISO, regionally, such as the European Union, or nationally, such as the Moroccan Standards Institute.
One of the most distinctive features of the Djelfa region in central Algeria is what is known as the conciliation group or community, a type of traditional judiciary that has been passed down through the generations. The group, through its members or mediators, has long been responsible for the security and preservation of Djelfa's community and distinctive tribal identity.
Architectural heritage is one component of a society’s identity, and it reflects the society’s customs and traditions. It demonstrates humans’ ability to adapt to their environment, so it is of great value and interest to tourists and local and foreign investors.
This study concludes that it is important to document and classify Tunisian children's games according to multiple variables, including place, time, area, age, gender, number of participants, tools, and rules. The study also involved analysing each variable individually to arrive at useful findings.
From the high mountains of Jarjarah, the plateaus of Sétif and the Biskra valley to the rocky mountains of Tasli, which are inhabited by the blue people known as the Touareg, there are vibrant villages and groups of people who live close to nature. These Amazigh villages, (in Algeria, the people are known as ‘Al Qaba’el’), have a strong relationship with nature, one which has been enhanced over time.
Museums should teach citizens about the social and economic realities of their environment. This includes exposing people to knowledge unavailable at other official institutions. In Africa, museums are places where knowledge about the country's history and its contemporary culture is exchanged. This makes knowledge available to everyone. The museum plays a fundamental role by explaining history and its events, and showcasing the creativity of its people.