|Islamabad, 27 September 2016: UNESCO Pakistan and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in collaboration with Satrang Art Gallery, Serena Hotel Islamabad, launched a selection of ethnographic photos of the Kalash community.|
The exhibition titled, "Faces of the Kalash" showcased a number of photos from 1929 Georg Morgenstierne's field-work who was a Norwegian linguistic professor at that time and extensively documented the culture of the Kalash.
The five days exhibition is aimed to raise awareness about safeguarding of the unique culture of Kalash. Representatives of the United Nations, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Development Partners, civil society and media were present at the launching ceremony of the exhibition and showed great interest in the photos of the unique Kalash community.
The UNESCO's Convention for safeguarding Intangible Culture Heritage (ICH) was adopted in 2003 to safeguard the living heritage against the threats posed by the contemporary process of globalization and unprecedented social transformation. The convention lays out a number of possible safeguarding measures including identification, documentation, research, and promotion, transmission of knowledge specifically through formal and non-formal education.
UNESCO with its core funds and the support of Canadian, Swiss and Australian Embassy in Pakistan started few initiatives on inventorying of the traditions and social practices of the Kalash community and linking them with economic and social empowerment of the Kalasha people.
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