Based on the framework set out in the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Government has been supporting the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage through various means, including the identification, documentation, research, preservation, promotion and transmission of such heritage. In 2008, the Home Affairs Bureau established the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, comprising local academics, experts and community personalities, to advise the Government on the territory-wide survey of Intangible Cultural Heritage and measures to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Two sub-committees are set up under Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, namely the Sub-committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage Funding Scheme and the Sub-committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage Items.

Terms of Reference

Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee

  1. To advise on the compilation and updating of the inventory and the representative list of intangible cultural heritage in Hong Kong;
  2. To advise on the selection and nomination of Hong Kong's intangible cultural heritage items for application for inscription onto the national list or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s list;
  3. To advise on the measures for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage including research on and promotion, enhancement, transmission and revitalisation of intangible cultural heritage;
  4. To advise on the issues related to the implementation of the Intangible  Cultural Heritage Funding Scheme for engaging the community in safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage; and
  5. To advise on any other issues related to intangible cultural heritage as proposed by the Government.

Sub-committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage Funding Scheme

  1. To advise on the issues related to the implementation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Funding Scheme;
  2. To assess applications and the proposed budgets of the scheme;
  3. To advise on the application guidelines and criteria for allocation of the funding of the scheme;
  4. To monitor the implementation of the funded projects; and
  5. To evaluate the effectiveness of the funded projects.

Sub-committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage Items

  1. To advise on the review and updating of the inventory and the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hong Kong;
  2. To advise on the nomination of Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage items for application for inscription onto the national list or the UNESCO's list; and
  3. To advise on the issues related to the research and publication projects concerning the inventory and representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hong Kong.

 

(Updated on 31 December 2020)