As per the resolution No. 183 of 2023 by the Government of Mongolia, the “Nomads” world cultural festival is scheduled to take place from August 18-20th this August in the picturesque natural area of “Taij Khairkhan,” located within the Nalaikh District of Ulaanbaatar.

The long-term development policy of Mongolia, known as “Vision-2050,” aims to establish Mongolia as a leading country that preserves the human-centered nomadic civilization by building on its national spirit, heritage, and culture. Furthermore, the government’s 2020-2024 action program focuses on promoting cultural heritage globally and organizing international events in the field. Additionally, the program emphasizes the regular expansion of natural, historical, and cultural tourism events.

The tangible and intangible cultural heritage, which uniquely represents the nomadic culture, has been handed down from generation to generation, reflecting the essence of Mongolian culture, nature, climate, and geography throughout history. Preserving the intangible cultural heritage has become an urgent task for humanity and is receiving global attention.

Mongolia became a party to the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2005, and it has since taken responsibility for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage within its territory for the international community. To fulfill this commitment and protect intangible cultural heritage, Mongolia has enacted the “Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage,” which includes organizing and publicizing the intangible cultural heritage festival every three years to highlight its inheritors, foster talents, and disseminate cultural knowledge.

The first “Nomadic Mongolia-2018” Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage was successfully held in 2018 at Hui Doloon Khudag in Ulaanbaatar, featuring 2,697 inheritors from 27 administrative units and covering 5 acres of intangible cultural heritage. Subsequently, in 2022, the inaugural “Nomads” Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival was organized at Gorkhi-Terelj Natural Park, involving 1,283 participants from 23 ethnic groups within the province and the capital, representing 362 heritage elements across 7 regions.

This year’s “Nomads” world culture festival is set to have an international scope, coinciding with the Government of Mongolia’s declaration of 2023-2024 as the “Visit Mongolia Year.” The organizers believe that this festival will significantly contribute to increasing tourist arrivals in Mongolia over the coming years.

The festival aims to achieve various objectives, including inviting countries with nomadic cultures to participate and promoting Mongolia’s unique colors, forms, nomadic lifestyle, and culture to the world. It endeavors to foster cultural cooperation among countries with nomadic civilizations, enhance mutual understanding between cultures, and create an internationally competitive cultural event.

Furthermore, the festival seeks to promote the nomadic way of life, characterized by mutual respect between humans and nature, and to disseminate the associated intangible cultural heritage. It aims to expand the range of interested parties, encourage cultural cooperation among nations, and develop creative cultural production and cultural tourism.

The “Nomads” festival will feature 362 species of intangible cultural heritage representing Mongolia, requiring immediate protection, along with 362 species from 7 regions of 21 provinces and the capital. The event will include presentations by the best heritage inheritors, traditional art performances, handicraft exhibitions, demonstrations of traditional crafts, and various other activities such as traditional contests, competitions, sports performances, creative cultural production, and traditional food fairs.

Representatives from 21 provinces, 9 districts of the capital, and various countries with nomadic cultures, including the Republic of Buriat, the Republic of Halimag, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Yakutia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Korea, and Hungary, along with representatives of UNESCO international organizations, will be participating in the festival.

The “Nomads” world culture festival is organized by the Government Implementing Agency of Culture and Arts in alignment with Mongolia’s development policies at both the long-term, medium-term, and short-term levels. Its goal is to promote and celebrate the uniqueness of Mongolian culture and its nomadic heritage on the global stage.


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