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UNESCO Asia Pacific ICH Storytelling Competition 2019

UNESCO Asia Pacific ICH Storytelling Competition 2019 in South Korea

Country: South Korea
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UNESCO invites application from Youths for Asia Pacific ICH Storytelling Competition 2019. UNESCO prioritized youth as the main driver of innovation and change for sustainable development. Especially, since intangible cultural heritage relies on community transmission, the role and participation of young people leading future generations are very important. As UNESCO Category 2 Centre for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, ICHCAP( International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO) plans to provide young practitioners with an opportunity to develop their own safeguarding activities and raise awareness of intangible heritage among young people in general.

ICHCAP organized the 2016 ICH Multimedia Contest for the general public to promote visibility and raise awareness of ICH. In 2016 and 2017, ICHCAP operated a youth ICH video documentation project, called the Youth Meets ICH, for youth teams selected from contests and expert recommendations. For 2019, ICH under the auspices of UNESCO is organizing Asia Pacific Storytelling Competition.

Moreover, the participants will tell the story:

  • How future generations are transmitting specific ICH elements in the Asia-Pacific region
  • That conveys the importance of safeguarding and sustaining Asia-Pacific ICH as well as its transmission by future generations
  • Practicing, safeguarding, as well as transmitting ICH with community-based youth participation in the Asia-Pacific region

UNESCO Asia Pacific ICH Storytelling Award

The winner of the UNESCO Asia Pacific ICH Storytelling Competition will receive a grand prize of $1000. Further, the jury will decide upon the Excellence Prize winner who will receive a Cash Prize of $700. Furthermore, two Distinction Prize winners will each receive $500. Additionally, Four Special prize winner will receive $200 each while 10 participants will receive special gifts from UNESCO for their participation.

Who is eligible for ICH Storytelling Competition?

Candidates from the Asia Pacific region can apply for the UNESCO ICH Storytelling Competition if they are Born between 1983-2001. Moreover, the contest is open in two categories where the candidates may either submit a video or photos.

  • Young practitioners
    • Theme: My Dream, My ICH
    • Contents: Storytelling on themselves as an ICH young practitioner
  • General youth
    • Theme: Youth Meets ICH
    • Contents: Storytelling on ICH in their daily lives or met in traveling

How to apply for the Asia Pacific ICH Storytelling Competition?

To apply for the UNESCO Youth Asia ICH Storytelling competition, the candidates should complete and submit the digital application. Along with the application form, the candidates should also attach the necessary digital file (videos or photos).

However, the participants should note that if their file size exceeds 2GB, they should add a link to an open account (Google Drive, WeTransfer, Dropbox, etc.). The winners must submit subtitles script and clean version file(.MOV) for future translation of subtitles


UNESCO will accept the application for the Asia Pacific ICH Storytelling Competition until 15 October 2019, 24:00 (Korean Time). Submissions after the deadline are not eligible for consideration.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline15 October,2019
CountrySouth Korea
Open toAll Nationalities
OrganizerUNESCO and ICHCAP



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