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Yannis Ioannidis' participation in the “Greek Traditional Music – Intangible Cultural Heritage, Conference on the 20th Anniversary of the UNESCO Convention 2003 on ICH”, Athens

The Interdisciplinary Conference “Greek Traditional Music – Intangible Cultural Heritage, Conference on the 20th Anniversary of the UNESCO Convention 2003 on ICH” that took place during November 3 and 4, 2023 was a significant event that brought together scholars and experts to highlight the achievements and challenges of the implementation of the Convention 2003 in Greece with a specific focus on the registered Greek Elements that are related to music. The event was organised by the UNESCO Chair ‘Anthropology of Traditional Music: Representing and Repositioning Intangible Cultural Heritage, in collaboration with TROPOS: Music and Culture Research and Promotion Center, under the auspices of the Directorate of Modern Cultural and Intangible Cultural Heritage, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. It was held in person at the hall “Ioannis Drakopoulos” at the Central Building of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and was available online through the Conference’s website: The overall structure of the Conference included three thematic sections on Intangible Cultural Heritage: a general theoretical one, a special one focused on the Greek recorded elements of ICH, and an interdisciplinary one. 

More specifically, the 1st session dealt with issues of theory, methodology and practical applications of Intangible Cultural Heritage, internationally and especially in Greece. 

The 2nd session had as its object a critical dialogue centred on the three elements of Greek musical culture that have been registered (2016-2019) in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

The 3rd session returned to the subject matter of the first section and examined the issue of ICH through an interdisciplinary prism that combines modern methods and practices from the fields of Digital Science, Technology and Education. In addition, the schedule incorporated two music performances set in their original contexts, providing attendees with an immersive experience of the performances.

 The conference’s interdisciplinary scope expanded further during the 5th Session, exploring the role of digital technologies, AI, and transformative education in ICH. Distinguished speakers, including Professor Costis Dallas, Professor Yannis Ioannidis, and Professor Vassilios Makrakis, underscored the importance of technology in preserving and promoting cultural heritage. The event concluded with a Round Table – Conclusions, featuring Zoi Margari, Pavlos Kavouras, Yannis Ioannidis, and Ioannis Tsekouras, providing synthesis and valuable insights.


(video recording in Greek)