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NOMADS WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND HERITAGE AT “TAIJ KHAIRKHAN” VALLEY

NOMADS WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND HERITAGE AT “TAIJ KHAIRKHAN” VALLEY

The “Nomadic” World Culture Festival is set to take place from the 18th to the 20th of this month in the picturesque “Taij Khairkhan” valley, located over 40 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar, within the Nalaih district.

The essence of this Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival is to honor and celebrate the legacy of nomadic cultures, steeped in history and remarkable accomplishments. This remarkable gathering is organized on an international scale, as endorsed by the Government of Mongolia’s Resolution No. 183 of 2023. This initiative aligns with the declaration of 2023-2024 as the “Year of Visiting Mongolia.”

With a global perspective, the festival extends invitations to nations with rich nomadic traditions, fostering the realization of Mongolia’s developmental goals at various horizons. It is poised to illuminate the distinctive shades and forms of Mongolia’s nomadic lifestyle and culture, presenting them to the world in an inspiring light. The festival’s organizers foresee a substantial impact on crafting globally competitive cultural events and a progressive increase in tourism influx to Mongolia each year.

Additionally, the festival intends to spotlight the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature inherent in the nomadic way of life. The intangible cultural heritage stemming from this bond is to be showcased and dessiminated worldwide, broadening the community of interested stakeholders. By nurturing cross-cultural collaboration among nations with nomadic histories, promoting mutual understanding, and highlighting the unparalleled nature of migratory cultures and their heritage, this festival also aims to spur creative cultural endeavors and enrich cultural tourism.

The nation hosts over 100 festival participants and foreign delegates representing various countries, including Mongolia, the Republic of China, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation. Additionally, more than 1,100 nomadic individuals have convened from regions such as the Republic of Buryatia, the Republic of Khakassia within the Russian Federation, the Republic of Sakha in the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tuva in the Russian Federation, the Republic of Turkey, as well as representatives from UNESCO and other international organizations.

In 2005, Mongolia became a signatory to UNESCO’s 2003 Convention on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage, thereby assuming an international commitment to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage within its borders.

“Intangible cultural heritage” encapsulates customs, expressions, traditional knowledge, methods, artifacts, instruments, artworks, and cultural spaces acknowledged by communities and individuals as integral to their heritage. This designation is in accordance with the “Law on Protection of Cultural Heritage.”

Mongolia’s rich history and unmatched cultural heritage find representation in UNESCO’s register, comprising 15 heritage sites.

These sites, enveloped under the global umbrella of cultural heritage, affirm Mongolia’s status as a custodian of cultural legacies. Among the honorees, Mongolia occupies UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, including timeless treasures like

  1. Traditional Art of Morin Khuur (2008)
  2. Mongolian Folk Long Song (2008)
  3. Mongol Naadam (2010)
  4. Mongolian throught singing art, Khuumii (2010)
  5. Falconry, hunting by eagle  (registered jointly with 24 countries, 2010)
  6. Mongolian Ger traditional handicraft art (2013) and
  7.  Nunkle Bone Shooting (2014)

Furthermore, Mongolia’s urgency in protecting its heritage is evident through listings:

  1. Mongolian Tuuli, Mongolian Epic (2009)
  2. Mongol Biyelgee, Mongolian traditional folk dance (2009)
  3. Mongolian Tsuur, folk music art (2009)
  4. The Traditions of Mongolian Flutists in Performing Folk Long Songs (2011)
  5. Mongolian Calligraphy (2013)
  6. Coaxing ritual for camels (2015)
  7. Mongolian traditional practices of worshipping the sacred sites (2017) total 17 intangible

heritages under the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Protection.

The global focus is currently directed towards safeguarding, conserving, and passing on cultural heritage—a crucial outcome of human legacy and civilization. This endeavor aims to enhance our understanding of history. Within our nation, we acknowledge the distinctiveness and traits of our nomadic culture, particularly emphasizing intangible cultural heritage:

1. Native languages, oral traditions, and expressions,

2. Traditional folk arts,

3. Traditional festivals, rituals, customs, games, and spellings,

4. Knowledge and interactions with the natural world,

5. Traditional knowledeg and practices,

6. Traditional knowledge and practices of animal husbandry,

7. Traditional handicrafts etc, classified into sevel dwellings.

Guided by these categories, the “Nomadic” festival’s essence resonates. From immersing in the provincial capital and engaging with participating nations and organizations to witnessing the grand “Great Festival of Mongolians” tribute concert and exceptional artistry showcases, the festival promises a plethora of awe-inspiring experiences. This includes more than 700 exceptional performances, 15 national sports contests, over 30 programs encompassing unique events such as galas and a range of trade fairs.

Mark your calendars for the “Nomadic” World Culture Festival on August 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2023. We cordially invite you to join us on this remarkable journey.

Culture and Arts Authority of Implementing Agency of the Government of Mongolia

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