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Bali to Host UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conference

November UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conference in Bali will Seek to Safeguard the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage.

(4/2/2011) Bali will host the 6th Inter-Governmental Committee for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO (ICG-ICH-UNESCO) to be held on the island in November 2011.

The State news agency Antara confirmed that Indonesia will join the assessment team that will review intangible heritages sites nominated from 142 countries worldwide.

Last year, Indonesian nominated the textile tradition of batik and the West Javanese angklung for inclusion in the UNESCO lists. This year, Indonesia has nominated Balinese traditional dance, Noken woven bags from Papua and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Cultural Park in Jakarta. The latest three nominations saw Balinese dance nominated as an intangible cultural heritage; Noken woven bags from Papua as a handicraft tradition in urgent need of safeguarding and Taman Mini Indonesia as an example of best practice in cultural heritage preservation.

Indonesia is also seeking UNESCO recognition of Bali's rice Jatiluwuh terraces and the Saman dance from Aceh.