Curtin Sarawak hosted International Organisation of Folk Art Youth-Asia Congress 2014

MIRI: Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) hosted the first-ever International Organisation of Folkart (IOV) Youth Asia Congress in Asia from January 21-25 at the Curtin Sarawak campus.

 

Themed ‘Tastes of Asia – A Cultural Journey’ – Asian Peace through Cultural Understanding, the congress was organised by the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Centre (LEC) of the University Life Department.

 

Invited guests and congress delegates in a photo call at the end of the opening ceremony.

Invited guests and congress delegates in a photo call at the end of the opening ceremony.

 

A total 80 delegates from 16 countries including Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan attended the congress where they participated in dynamic discussions on how food impacted cultures and societies.

 

The congress particularly focused on intangible cultural heritage of food (traditional cultures, religions, medicines and others); UNESCO mandate on the intangible cultural heritage and why we should protect it; and shaping a new narrative for globalisation, consumption and mass production in the global economy. It also featured discussions on future projects, with focus on collaborations among youths of Asia.

 

Throughout the five-day congress, the delegates were involved in paper presentations, cluster discussions and workshops, visits to local markets and Iban longhouse, practical food demos from various countries and networking dinner.

 

Datuk Dr Lee Kim Shin delivering the official address at the opening ceremony.

Datuk Dr Lee Kim Shin delivering the official address at the opening ceremony.

 

The opening ceremony on January 21 was attended by Datuk Dr Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister of Communications and Assistant Minister of Sports Sarawak, who is also chair of Curtin Sarawak’s management board; Carmen D. Padilla, President of the International Organisation of Folk Art (IOV); and Professor Yudi Samyudia, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Sarawak.

 

Carmen D Padilla, President of the International Organisation of Folk Art (IOV).

Carmen D Padilla, President of the International Organisation of Folk Art (IOV).

 

On January 24, the Azerbaijan ambassador to Malaysia, His Excellency Professor Dr Qaley Allahverdiyev, was present at the congress to meet up with the Azerbaijan delegation.

 

IOV is a worldwide organisation of individuals and institutions working to document, preserve, and promote all forms of folk art, both tangible and intangible. The UNESCO 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, provide the foundation for IOV programmes and projects.

 

For more event information, one can visit the IOV website at www.iov-world.com or e-mail to iovyac2014@student.curtin.edu.my.

 

For more information on Curtin Sarawak, visit its website at www.curtin.edu.my, its Facebook page at facebook.com/CurtinUniversitySarawakMalaysia, Twitter profile at twitter.com/curtinsarawak, YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/CurtinUniSarawak, or Instagram at instagram.com/curtinsarawak.

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