Brief History of IRCI

2009

6th-23rd Oct. 2009
Approval for establishment of an international research centre for intangible cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific region at the 35th UNESCO General Conference

2010

30th Aug. 2010
Agreement between the Japanese government and UNESCO

2011

29th Mar. 2011
Agreement between National Institutes for Cultural Heritage and Sakai City

1st Apr. 2011
Establishment of the office for the preparation of the establishment of International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (IRCI)

1st Oct. 2011
Establishment of IRCI. Mr. Tomoaki FUJII was appointed Director-General of IRCI

3rd Oct. 2011
The 1st Governing Board Meeting and opening ceremony of IRCI held in Japan

4th Oct. 2011
The inaugural symposium of IRCI held in Japan

16th Dec. 2011
Release of IRCI Web site

2012

3rd Mar. 2012
The first intensive researchers meeting on Communities and the 2003 convention held in Japan

7th Jun. 2012
The first ICH researchers forum held in France

3rd Aug. 2012
Conclusion of MOU between the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (SAC) and IRCI

6th-10th Aug. 2012
International Field School Alumni Seminar: Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia and the Pacific co-organised by SAC and IRCI held inThailand

2013

10th Jan. 2013
Experts Meeting on ICH – Evaluating the Inscription Criteria for the Two Lists of the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention held in Japan

22nd-25th Feb. 2013
1st Workshop on "Documentation of ICH as a tool for Community Safeguarding Activities"held in Japan

17th Feb. 2013
Symposium on intangible cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific region held in Japan

1st Apr. 2013
Mr. Akio ARATA was appointed Director-General of IRCI

3rd Aug. 2013
International Symposium in Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Japan

8th-16th Aug. 2013
“Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums: Field School” co-organised by IRCI and SAC held in Thailand

21st Oct. 2013
The 2nd IRCI Governing Board Meeting held in Japan

22nd-26th Oct. 2013
1st Workshop on "Documentation of ICH as a tool for Community Safeguarding Activities" held in Japan

2014

4th-6th Feb. 2014
2nd Workshop on "Documentation of ICH as a tool for Community Safeguarding Activities" held in Japan

19th-20th Feb. 2014
International Experts Meeting on “Mapping Research for the Safeguarding of ICH in the Asia-Pacific Region” in Thailand

31st July 2014

IRCI’s new leaflet released

25th Sept. 2014

“Research Database on ICH Safeguarding in the Asia-Pacific Region” released

1st Oct. 2014

The 3rd IRCI Governing Board Meeting held in Sakai City

19th Dec. 2014

“IRCI 1st Workshop on the Study of Legal Systems Related to Intangible Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia” held in Fukuoka

2015

26th-27th Jan. 2015

International Experts Meeting of the Project “Mapping Research on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in the Asia-Pacific Region” held in Kuala Lumpur

27th-28th Jan. 2015

“Workshop on the Roles of the Community Centre in ICH Revitalization: A Case Study of Dong Ho Woodblock Printing” held in Hanoi