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UNESCO Asia-Pacific Intangible Cultural Heritage Center to open

 It has been announced that the International Research Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO will be inaugurated in October 2011 in the Sakai City Museum in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture.
 This Center plans to conduct various activities including research and study for the preservation of intangible cultural heritages such as traditional events/dances and folk music in the Asia-Pacific region; technical support provision for developing countries; holding international seminars and workshops; and providing assistance to young researchers. It is planned that two other Intangible Cultural Heritage Centers will be opened in the Asia-Pacific region: one in China, focusing on human resource development, and the other in Korea, responsible for an information network. The three Centers will work together to promote measures for the preservation of intangible cultural heritages.
 Sakai City held an official UNESCO event, the World Folk Performing Arts Festival, in 2000, to call for the importance of preservation of intangible cultural heritages and contribution to world peace through cultural activities. Currently, Sakai City promotes efforts for the registration of the Mozu and Furuichi Kofun Tumulus Group, including the Nintoku-ryo tumulus, on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Contact : International Division, International Affairs Department, Office of the Mayor, Sakai City
Phone or E-mail 072-222-7343
Website http://www.city.sakai.lg.jp/