Jeonju International Awards for
Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage

Jeonju City, Republic of Korea, invites
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2022 JIAPICH Finalists
Anka Raic (Bosnia Herzegovina)

Anka Raic has been a member of the folklore association "KUD Mladost Polog-Mostar" since childhood, where she learned about the traditions of her place, customs, dance, music, costumes, performed folklore on stage as a member of the folklore ensemble and participated in community activities in organizing traditional events. She recognized this combination of tradition and science as key to preserving tradition, awareness and pride of the local community in its heritage. Therefore, as a mature person, recognizing the danger due to the war (1992-1995.) for the preservation of ICH, she invested her knowledge and organizational skills in the establishment and work of local folklore associations as holders of ICH.
Recognizing certain elements of ICH in different local communities, Anka Raic organizes seminars for local communities, through which, as president of the umbrella association and in cooperation with local folklore associations, raises local community awareness and brings together local authorities, ICH holders, folklore associations and institutions for research and protection of ICH . In accordance with the nature of certain elements of ICH, she advocates formal and non-formal education in order to pass ICH on to new generations. Such seminars are a mandatory part of folklore festivals organized by associations in BiH, eight each year, from 1999 until today
Principal activities:
- Organizing and participating to international folklore festivals and conferences on ICH in Bosnia.
- "Digitization of cultural heritage elements at folklore festivals"
- Publishing of scientific and professional papers

Ifugao Museum

The NM Cordillera Regional Museum serves as a site museum for the UNESCO World Heritage-inscribed Cordillera Terraces. It is an ethnographic museum located within the historic Kiangan War Memorial Shrine compound in Kiangan, Ifugao. It was formerly established as the Ifugao Museum in 1984.
The structure that houses the museum was built by the Ifugao community with the assistance of the then Presidential Assistance on National Minorities (PANAMIN) and the National Museum of the Philippines. This museum houses National Ethnographic Collections and other heritage objects that are representative of the material culture of the Ifugao, a group of indigenous peoples in the Cordillera region, home to more than 10 indigenous groups in the northern part of the Philippines.
Principal activities:
- Lecture-demonstrations on Textile Weaving, traditional embroidery and basketry, all intangible Ifugao cultural heritage to many teachers, students, women and other culture-enthusiasts
- High school programs: “HANDI Tours” (Handi is a local term which means in the past or long time ago)
- Production of video documentaries of indigenous crafts and practices
- Cultural mapping was also done to determine which aspects are endangered in the ICH
- Encourages for policy support from the legislative branches of the local government unit for the recognition or accreditation of all intangible cultural heritage of the region after a thorough conduct of cultural mapping.

The Serfenta Association

Serfenta is a Polish (Cieszyn, Silesian Voivodeship Poland) accredited UNESCO NGO with a strong focus on sustainable business in 2006. Serfenta is awarded by the Polish National Commission for UNESCO with the Certificate of Appreciation for ICH education and since then, concentrates its activities around ICH and basketry craftsmanship.
The Association is involved in many cultural, national and international activities with partners from all over the world (research institutions, museums, business partners). Their history started with the ethnographic research in Poland and abroad (Czech Republic, Norway, Iceland). On the basis of research, through educational and promotional activities at the international level, The Serfenta Association has developed a business model for any kind of the intangible heritage: “From research to business, how to keep ICH alive.”
Principal activities
- More than 3000 craft experiences for 20000 people (Europe, Asia and USA.)
- Workshops in any kind of places – in the museums, in the art galleries, during the design fairs, design festivals (for example Gdynia Design Days or Lodz Design Festival
- International conferences: ‘Viva Basket’