In 2012 the government of the Netherlands ratified the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage (in Dutch: Kenniscentrum Immaterieel Erfgoed Nederland) has been assigned to implement this convention in the Netherlands, which includes the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. For this purpose a National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage was drawn up, for which the heritage communities themselves can nominate elements for the inventory. The main purpose of the Inventory is to support the communities in their heritage care. A safeguarding plan is therefore an obligatory part of every nomination for the National Inventory, including a SWOT-analysis of the tradition. Every community that placed its tradition on the National Inventory must send in a progress report every two years.
The Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage is a centre of expertise for the communities and has also an important advisory function to the Dutch government. Its main task is, apart from assisting the communities and raising awareness within Dutch society, to develop safeguarding methodologies, set up a research agenda, and reflect on issues concerning intangible heritage, including issues as tourism and the safeguarding of ICH, controversial heritage (the discussion on Black Pete in our Saint Nicholastradition). Every year the Centre organizes an international conference. Apart from publications on all kinds of subjects we publish the popular magazine Intangible Heritage. The Centre also participates in the editorial board of the NGO forum magazine Heritage Alive: voices and practices.
Dutch Centre for Intangible Heritage
4103 NM Culemborg