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Performers dressed as the white monkey warrior Hanoman walk along a main road of Solo, Central Java, on Sunday. The performance was part of a street parade held to mark the opening of the World Heritage Cities Conference. JP/Blontank Poer
Antara , Solo | Wed, 08/13/2008 5:31 PM | National

Solo, a cultural city located in Central Java, will host the International Conference of World Heritage Cities for Euro-Asia from Oct. 25 to 28, 2008.

Four-hundred people will participate in the event, including 33 mayors from member cities of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) and 37 mayors from member cities of the United
Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) for Asia and the Pacific, said Sudharmono, the conference`s organizing committee secretary.

The theme of the conference will be "Safeguarding Intangible Heritage and Sustainable Urban Development".

The regional conference to be organized by OWHC, will be a symposium dedicated to safeguarding the tangible and intangible heritages of historical cities, especially those whose masterpieces are inscribed on Unesco's the World Heritage List.

It will be the first time the Organization of World Heritage Cities raises the issue of safeguarding intangible heritages and their use for the purpose of the cities` economic development.

The concept of intangible cultural heritage includes customs and ceremonies, celebrations, oral traditions and crafts recognized as a part of cultural heritage and handed down from generation to generation.

Every two years the conference gathers experts on safeguarding historical cities and their use for attracting tourists and economic development, as well as mayors of world heritage cities, politicians and statesmen, providing them with opportunities to exchange experience and discuss problems in this field.

Among the main speakers at the conference are Eugenio Yunis, sustainable development of tourism chief from the World Tourism Organization, Walter Santagata, professor of public finance from the University of Turin, Italy, Rieks Smeets, intangible cultural heritage head of Unesco, and Andi N Sommeng, intellectual properties rights director general from the Indonesian Justice and Human Rights Ministry.
The Jakarta Post, October 27, 2008

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