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IMACO International Conference 2017
31/10/2017 - 03/11/2017Vientiane
International Mas Arts and Culture Organization (IMACO) (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)

The 2017 IMACO International Conference will be held from 31st October to 3rd November 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR to interact with cultural artists and organizations related to masks for inheritance and the development of the mask culture and arts. The conference will be co-hosted by the International Mask Arts & Culture Organization (IMACO), the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Lao PDR, and the Kolao Group. There will be over 150 participants from over 20 countries. There will also be a policy forum, an academic symposium, a general assembly, a mask exhibition, and cultural performances. The policy forum’s purpose is to find ways to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage all over the world, and the topic for the academic symposium is ‘The Current Transmission Status of World Mask Culture and Necessity of the Archive Project’. Currently, thirteen academic symposium speakers from different countries have been selected to give a presentation. IMACO aims to establish a close cooperation network system and to propagate the value of the mask culture through the general assembly and the mask exhibition as an accredited NGO by UNESCO. Cultural performances by different countries including Lao PDR, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, China and Republic of Korea will enrich cultural diversity as well as human creativity.

Patronage report : English/Korean/Lao