Accepted Paper:

Ambivalence of the system for safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage in Macedonia  

Author:

Ivona Opetcheska Tatarchevska (Directorate for Protection of Cultural Heritage)

Paper short abstract:

With the experience of a scholar in the field of ethnochoreology and in the same time a state employee, in this panel I‘ll try to compare the ambiguity of the system for safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage from both perspectives.

Paper long abstract:

The system for safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in Republic of Macedonia has a complex structure. Its mechanisms primarily are focused on a cultural and an educational state strategy, but in practice it is brought down to very precisely and complicated administrative, frequently, very long procedure, without satisfied and prompt financial support for those who are involved in the system of safeguarding the ICH.

To coordinate all the system's factors (with different role in the processes), in 2005 the Directorate for protection of the Cultural Heritage (UZKN) was established, with a status of a separate institution under the umbrella of the Ministry of Culture. With the experience of a scholar and in the same time a state administrator in this field, in this panel I'll try to compare the system for safeguarding the Intangible cultural heritage from both perspectives, because keeping sustainable this system, is merely a process of various negotiations, and often of political decisions/"manipulations", in which the professionalism, the ethic approach from all involved stake holders is crucial.

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