Rapport sur l'état d'un élément inscrit sur la liste du patrimoine culturel immatériel nécessitant une sauvegarde urgente
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Élément inscrit sur la Liste de sauvegarde urgente qui fait l'objet du présent rapport
Nom de l'élément
Rite of the Kalyady Tsars (Christmas Tsars)
Période considérée dans le présent rapport
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Reporting period covered by this report
16 January 2014 - 15 December 2017
Autres éléments inscrits sur la Liste de sauvegarde urgente, le cas échéant
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Le rite du printemps de Juraǔski Karahod (2019)
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Executive summary of the report
The Rite of the Kalyady Tsars (Christmas Kings) was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding List in 2009. This ceremony is celebrated annyaly on January 13 by villagers of Semezhava (Minsk region, Central Belarus). This is a day before the New Year Eve (in accordance with the old Julian style calendar) known as 'Generous Evening'. The ritual is a part of the traditional Belarusian Christmas and New Year’s carnival. Traditionally, the ceremony is held by the young guys who on the Generous Evening do rounds the village door-to-door and perfom the folk play “Tsar Maximilian”. After the perfomance, villagers endow the performers by Christmas food and sweets. This rite concludes the Christmas period and signals the beginning of the New Year. The coming of "tsars" facilitates well-being and a rich New Year. The idea of the 'Kalyady Tsars’ rite provides the values of friendship, mutual cooperation, harmony of human and nature, as well as serve a factor of self-identification for villagers.
Political, social and economic changes which took place in Belarus for 20 century, influenced the fact that a certain period of time (during the Second World War and to the end of the 1960s) the rite was not performed by the local community, but it has been fully restored in 1996. Since 1996 and for today constantly practised and maintained by its bearers.
At the time of inscribing the rite on the Urgent Safeguarding List, there were some problems with its safeguarding and viability. Among them are demographic and social problems (aging of villagers, a lack of jobs, and as a consequence -- the outflow of young people to the city). However, since 2009 and to – date a number of safeguarding measures was implemented. They proved to be quite effective, thanks to the constant and purposeful work of locals themselves, as well as local authorities and various partners such as the Student Ethnographic Society, Institute of Culture of Belarus, the the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences, the Belarusian Association of Rural Tourism and various media.
During the reporting period (2014 - 2017) the following measures to safeguard the element have been implemented:
(1) the transmission of the element has been extended due to the involvement of new young performers in the rite. There is established a constant learning process between older bearers of the rite and the young . The local high school students became involved.
2) Local enthusiasts from the Ethnic Culture Association of Semezhava Community "Semyazhovachka" in partnership with the Department of Ethnology of the Belarusian State University conducted field researches of intangible cultural heritage of the village, including local cuisine, crafts and traditional knowledge.
3) The study of local traditions and knowledge has integrated in the program of the local secondary school. Teachers are the older people of the village, as well as the performers of the rite "Kalyady Tsars".
4) The local people are actively cooperating with mass media. Each year the ceremony is increased by the journalists of national and foreign media and tourists. In 2016 for example, the rite was attended by over 1,000 people.
5) The locals preserve traditional cultural landscape of the village, its traditional wooden architecture and crafts. Their red and white weaving also was inscribed on the National Inventory of intangible cultural heritage of Belarus.
6) The social and economic climate in the Semezhava village was improved due to the development of local agricultural industrial complex, but the demographic problems are still relevant.
The rite is recognized by the local community as an important part of their identity and actively practiced by them, including young villagers. The local community is actively developing other forms of their heritage, tangible and intangible, actively promotes them by attracting cultural tourist organizations, mass media and different funds as well as develops new forms of informal education.
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Autres informations pertinentes
B. État de l'élément inscrit sur la Liste de sauvegarde urgente
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L'État partie s'efforce de prêter une attention particulière au rôle du genre et d'assurer la plus large participation possible des communautés, des groupes et, le cas échéant, des individus concernés ainsi que des organisations non gouvernementales pertinentes pendant le processus de préparation de ce rapport ; il lui est demandé au point D ci-dessous de décrire de quelle manière il y est parvenu.
Fonctions sociales et culturelles
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Social and cultural functions
In the modern time the rite 'Kalyady Tsars' actively practiced by the local community. Villagers believe this ritual as their historical and cultural value and they are proud of it, contributing to its development. The rite is carried out strictly in a certain period - on 13th of January annually. The local community believes to be important to keep all traditional rules of ritual practices. They opposed to any change, if they violate the traditional context. This approach reflects the emotional evaluation of the rite and the need for its safeguarding on the part of society. As a major annual event for Semezhava people to celebrate Christmas days and beginning of the New year, the rite 'Kalyady Tsars' also demonstrates local oral traditions, performing arts, as well as all the advantages of local cuisine, a cultural space loaded with social practices, life experience and traditional knowledge.
The rite also performs a consolidating function for local residents, united by the common activity. For the young people it is a form of their free time, the opportunity to express their creativity, get an approval from villagers and the respected people.
In cultural sense, the practice of the participation in the rite is used as an informal education tool and raise visibility. Local young people take part in the procession of Kalyady Tsars directly or participate in the role of observers, feel their belonging to the local community, have respect for local culture and heritage. This awareness is rising collectively and naturally in them.
The active bearers of the rite are people of different generations. Among those who revived the rite in 1996, Georgy Tsimanau and Dmitry Kozel have the most clear position. Now they play the role of facilitators for local youth, train them by the main features of the rite and its specifity in cultural and semiotic sense. Young men as in previous times should serve as the main actors during the ceremony. For today, two groups of "Tsar" (12 people each) participate in the rite. Functions of the rite performers have not changed. By tradition, they play certain roles: seven Tsars, one 'Mehanosha' (one who wears a fur), Grandfather ('Dzied) and Grandmother (Baba) (in this case, a man performs the female lead), Doctor, Musician. Other villagers cook ritual dishes, costumes, and every year organize a local market during the celebration day.
The rite has not lost its traditional context and still meets all the characteristics of the intangible cultural heritage.
Analyse de sa viabilité et risques auxquels il est actuellement exposé
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Assessment of its viability and current risks
The rite 'Kalyady Tsars' of Semezhava village got its second birth in 1996, after 20 years of neglecting of the Soviet epoch, thanks to the initiative of the local community. Since then he has been held annually in a defined time - 13th of January. Traditionally, it is held by young people, the other members of the community support it, participating in ceremony, assisting in the preparation of ritual food, costumes, creating the atmosphere of joint holiday.
Since the Kalyady Tsars’ inscription on the UNESCO Urgent Safeguarding list in 2009, this element has made some very encouraging developments. Various activities undertaken by the stakeholders are intended to safeguard this rite from the threat of vanishing.
Due to the continuous work of local activists, primarily -- Georgy Tsimanau, which is actively working with young people and transmits them the knowledge of the rite, involves them in the ceremony preparation and participation, made the process of succession from the older generation to younger one more viable and natural.
The local secondary school included the studying of local history and culture, traditions in the school programmes.
Every year on January 13 the Semezhava village is visited by a large number of visitors. The local fair is held in the main square, where everybody can taste local dishes, buy local crafts and souvenirs, and then take part in the ceremony.
During the celebration of the ritual, this event widely be covered by the media, including foreign ones, there are special programs on national television.
The local non-governmental organization, the Ethnic Culture Association of Semezhava Community ‘Semyazhovachka’ also contributes to the safeguarding of the rite and the dissemination of knowledge about it. Its members involve other villagers at the celebration ceremony, for example local women for studying and promotion of the local cuisine during the celebration and other local events. The consolidating role for the whole community performs local Centre of Culture and the House of Crafts. They help participants of the ceremony in the organizational issues. The financial assistance was provided by local authorities and the local agricultural enterprise.
Demographic problems. Despite the fact that in recent times the effective development of the local agricultural enterprises and the service sector in Semezhava rural area slightly improved the situation with demography, that allowed to create new jobs and provided a work for part of the youth, but the situation still remains critical. Most of the young people leave the countryside for the sake of a career and better quality of life.
Due to the economic crisis, which affected Belarus at the global level, the implementation of the State Programme of sustainable sustainable development of small towns and villages run slowly and Semezhava village which was a part of the programme now practically doesn’t receive the state financial assistance for last few years. On the other hand, local activists introduced with the project management activity and had already technical support from the Geman and the USA Embassies in the Republic of Belarus for the development of local crafts and organization of the local cusine festival. All of these forms of activity contribute to the sustainable development of the local community and, of course, the ritual 'Kalyady Tsars' which is the most expressive form of local identity.
Folklorisation. Inscribing the rite on the UNESCO Urgent Safeguarding List increased an attention to it from a side of mass media and tourists and stimulated the desire of some local officials to impose to the rite's participants the scenic forms of performance wihich are not peculiar to them and may ultimately lead to the loss of context. Georgy Timon and other activists try to resist these interventions, advocating the safeguarding of the context, disseminating the information about the rite, making extensive use of the media. To protect their rights, they now are developing the Code of Ethics, which would contain the rules of behavior for their community, and for other stakeholders and tourists.
Necessity of additional knowledge. The mojority of the community members expressed that they need an additional knowledge about the practices of the safeguarding of ICH in other countries, as well as they would like to expand its partnerships, to get information about other such elements in the world.
Mise en œuvre des mesures de sauvegarde
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Objectifs et résultats
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Objectives and results
During the reporting period , all planned safeguarding measures of the element have been basically implemented and further expanded in accordance with objectives and expected results. Specific achievements are stated as follows:
1) Provide major support for the rite's bearers and carry out transmission and practice in a planned way
Since the Kalyady Tsars’s inscription on the UNESCO Urgent Safeguarding List and subsequent periods, the Ministry of Culture of the Republuc of Belarus, Kopyl District Adminstration and local authotity of Semezhava village as well as the beares of the rite and local community have been safeguarding the ICH element. The main safeguarding targets are the rite bearers, including the most experienced among them which now transmit their practice and skills as well as young participants of the perfomance and other members of community. Safeguarding and support of the bearers of the rite "Kalyady Tsars" is provided by the State Programme "Culture " on 2015 -- 2020, including the financial support for local Centre of Culture, directly performers and the Crafts House. The great role in the transmition process belongs to bearers themselves. The most skilled rite's participants transmit their knoweledge and practical information during special courses in the Semezhava secondary school. Information about the element keeps and transmit in the local families.
2) Integrate the information about the rite and its value into informal and formal education
The knoweledge about local history and culture and traditions, including the rite integrated in the programme of local secondary school. Local performers, in particular Georgy Tsimanau and other actors as well as local crafts persons act as teachers for local pupils.
3) Carry out the constant monitoring of the rite conditions and safeguarding its context from the threat of commercialization and the exploitation with tourist matter.
The monitoring of the the rite conditions and safeguarding its context annually provided by the Minsk Regional Curatorial Centre as well as active bearers themselves.
4) Ensure promotion and visibility of the element.
The promotion and visibility of the rite "Kalyady Tsars" was provided through the constant cooperation with mass media so as the bearers themselves as local authority and the Ministry of Culture.
Activités de sauvegarde
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All safeguarding measures for the ICH element -- the rite 'Kalyady Tsars' were implemented by the ritual bearers themselves together with experts, cultural and educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, state and local authorities with an aim to provide the viability of the element, its continuous transmission and promotion.
Key safeguarding activities during the reporting period (2014 -- 2017) are as follows:
1) Provide major support for the bearers and the element transmission.
The Ministry of Culture of Belarus supports the rite 'Kalyady Tsars' in the framework of the State Programme of the Development of the Belarusian Culture "Culture of Belarus' for 2015 - 2020. The financial support was provided for the development of local cultural institutions including the Semezhava Centre of Culture and local House of Crafts as well as the rite bearers with subsidies offered accordingly to motivate their transmission awareness and responsibility.
Local authority of Kopyl district through its Cultural Department support the activity on safeguarding of the element 'Kalyady Tsars' providing preferential policy for bearers in their desire to transmit their knowledge to the younger generation, helping to organize their work with school children, involving them to participate in various festivals related to the ICH..
2) Integration the knowledge about the element into formal and informal education.
For the local school students were established and held special training courses: "Holy and rituals of our village", "The wealth of folk traditions", "Living heritage of Belarus", "Food for Christmas. and others.
In 2017 the exhibition dedicated to the rite 'Kalyady Tsars' was opened in a local school.
In 2016 the film 'Land of Fathers' was made, devoted to the Semezhava culture, including the ritual, which was demonstrated at the local Centre of Culture and on the national TV.
The older members of the ceremony have provided the constant trainings with younger participants. Together with local pupils conducted workshops for the production of swords, paper hats and other details of the Tsars costumes.
The exhibition of the Tsats' ceremonial costumes exibits in the local Centre of Culture.
Georgy Tsimanau has special lessons in the local schools: 'As I walked, the Tsars',which he tells about the rite and its cultural and symbolic role.
3) Carry out the constant monitoring of the rite conditions and safeguarding its context
The Institute of Culture of Belarus together with Student Ethnographic Society and Kapyl Cultural Administration as well as Semezhava local practitioners annually organize the monitoring of the rite 'Kalyady Tsars' viability, survey the residents with a matter to know any changes and identify risks and problems. The data is published on the database of the National ICH Inventory and is analysed by the Minsk Regional Curatorial Centre and Kapyl Cultural Administration.
3) Ensure promotion and visibility of the element.
The promotion and visibility of the rite "Kalyady Tsars" was realised by means of different mass media, including radio, TV on the local and national level as well as via different festivals and educational work in local secondary schools and at the Belarusian State University and the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts which were provided by forces of teachers and students.
Participation de communautés, de groupes ou d'individus aux activités de sauvegarde
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Participation of communities, groups or individuals in the safeguarding activities
Locals believe the rite of 'Kalyady Tsars' is a part of their identity. They carefully safeguard it and try to keep all the rules and ethical principles associated with the rite. The bearers of the rite were involved in the training work with local school children, giving them the knowledge and skills about the tradition.
Local residents warmly greeted guests of the festival in their houses and invited them to share the holiday dinner. On the day of the ceremony locals always organize the Fair of traditional crafts and local cuisine, in which are given the opportunity of tasting local dishes.
Local activists organized the Ethnic Culture Association in the Semezhava village and together with other NGO's such as the Student Ethnography Society (SES) provide a great work for informal education and raising awareness about the rite of 'Kalyady Tsars" and its social and cultural value. As mentioned in previous parts of this report, there is constant contacts between the most active bearers like Georgy Tsimanau and others and local secondary schools. The bearers of the rite act as teachers for local young people and transmit their knowledge and skills to young generation.
Calendrier et budget
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Timetable and budget
2014--2017, January 13 'Living' practice of the element. Financial support for the organization of the local fair and festival in Semezhava village. They were conducted in a day of the rite 'Kalyady Tsars' performance by the local community. Financial assistance was provided by the Semezhava agricultural enterprise and the Kopyl local authority. The rite performers' costumes were made by hands of bearers themselves and subsidised by the Kopyl Cultural Department, 15, 000 BYR as well as investments in-kind inputs by the community of Semezhava village.
Since 2010 - the safeguarding of the Kalyady Tsars is one of the main priorities of the State Programme for Development of the Belarusian Culture for 2015 - 2020. This is a financial support of the bearers of the rite, adoption of the school programme for studying of the local culture and handicrafts, the development of the local House of Handicrafts as a centre of local traditional culture: 2015 -- 2017 -- about 10,000 BYR);
The Ethnic Culture Association of Semezhava together with the experts from the Institute of Culture of Belarus and the Student Ethnograthic Society has provided four seminars on safeguarding measures and promotion of the ICH element (2014-2017), 5,000 BYR
In 2017 the exhibition dedicated to the rite 'Kalyady Tsars' was opened in a local school, 5,000 BYR
In 2016 the film 'Land of Fathers' made, devoted to the Semezhava culture, including the ritual, which was demonstrated at the local Centre of Culture and on the national TV, financial assistance from the Belarusian Agroprombank in the collaboration with Kapyl Cultural Department, 10,000 BYR
2016, The exhibition of the Tsats' ceremonial costumes exibits in the local Centre of Culture, in-kind community inputs.
2014 -- 2017, the constant monitoring of the rite conditions and safeguarding its context, 2,000 BYR, Institute of Culture of Belarus
2016 -- 2017, three workshops for loca entrepreneurs were organized as part of the adult education program. Financial support was provided by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Republic of Belarus, 5,000 BYR.
Efficacité globale des activités de sauvegarde
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Overall effectiveness of the safeguarding activities
All the activities described in the point B 3d were organized with the aim to safeguard the rite 'Kalyady Tsars'. It can be seen from the types of activities mentioned above, that they were carried out not only for creating spaces for the rite to be performed but also to cater to the community empowerment efforts. The wider communities are actively involved in the safeguard of the element. National (Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus) or provincial (district) governments which performs their role as a facilitator for the communities. Following the principle of government as a public servant, any activity organized is, as much as possible, to reflect the wishes and needs of the community in its efforts to safeguard the ICH element of Semezhava village. The main purpose of the State Programme for the development of culture 'Culture of Belarus' (updated every 5 years) in a part of supporting of the element inscrived in the UNESCO Urgent Safeguarding List -- the rite of 'Kalyady Tsars' is expected that the existing human resources can fully concentrate on running its programs and will be more open to opportunities for developing their creativity. Community, leading performers and other participants will have clearer lines of communication and coordination in the formulation of plan and execution of the rite of 'Kalyady Tsars' safeguarding programs.
During the reporting period, the rite of ‘Kalyady Tsars’ safeguarding activities focused on giving emphasis on community empowerment through the strengthening of human resources through programs such as capacity building and training of bearers and other community activists. A series of activities aimed to expand the transmission and promotion of the element using all forms formal and informal elducation, efforts and possibilities of cultural sustanble tourism and constant work with mass media.
Unfortunately, the state financial support is limited in the period of the economic crisis, which currently covers the Belarusian economy. Nevertheless, to solve the demographic problems inherent in Semezhava's community, more serious investments are needed.
It is also necessary to provide financing for the development of the village infrastructure, its improvement, the opening of an information and educational center for tourists and villagers with appropriate equipment, etc. All these measures are needed to improve the quality of life of the local community and its sustainable development.
It is also necessary to expand the opportunities for the education of the adult population of the village, to acquaint them with the already existing best practices for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage, to expand international cooperation and the partnership network.
C. Mise à jour des mesures de sauvegarde
Plan de sauvegarde mis à jour
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- a. Quels sont les objectifs principaux visés et les résultats concrets attendus ?
- b. Quelles sont les activités principales à mener pour atteindre ces résultats attendus ? Veuillez décrire les activités en détail et dans l'ordre d'exécution, en démontrant leur faisabilité.
- c. Comment le ou les États parties concernés soutiennent-ils la mise en œuvre du plan de sauvegarde mis à jour ?
Updated safeguarding plan
The Safeguarding plan for the rite of ‘Kalyady Tsars’ for the period of 2018 – 2022 is prepared based on the action plan of the previous reporting period that could not be carried out optimally in relation to the various constraints faced concerning time and human resources.
The main threat may come when younger generations deem this element irrelevant (and therefore obsolete). But in a part of 'Kalyady Tsars' rite the links with the tradition were never broken, there were still enough active performers that could transmit it properly to the younger generation, despite of the period of the Soviet time, when the rite was not practiced due to political conditions.
That’s why all measures proposed here have a focus: awareness- raising and enhancement of the value of this element of ICH.
1. Research, documentation and inventorying of the rite of ‘Kalyady Tsars’ in a context of the Semezhava culture and traditions.
Objective:to provide more detailed research and documenting of the the rite of ‘Kalyady Tsars’ and the whole cultural and historical landscape of the Semezhava community.
Results: elaboration of the Semezhava Cultural Inventory; involvement of young people in the process of documenting and inventorying.
Responsible institutions: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, Departments of Cultural Studies and Ethnology of the Belaruasian State University, Kopyl District Cultural Department, Minsk Regional Curatorial Centre in ICH, Semezhava Centre of Culture and local secondary school, Ethnic Culture Association of Semezhava Community ‘Semyazhovachka’.
Time period: 2018-2020
Budget Estimates: 10,000 USD
Budget Sources: state and regional budgets, private investments.
2. Transmitting the element ‘Kalyady Tsars’ knowledge
Objective: to provide information associated with the value, meaning and function of the ‘Kalyady Tsars’ riite to the community and the people. Dissemination of information can be conducted inside and outside of Semezhava village, for other areas.
Results: a correct understanding of values, meaning, and function as well as various provisions in the ‘Kalyady Tsars’ rite.
Activity: workshops, trainings, seminars
Responsible institutions: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, Departments of Cultural Studies and Ethnology of the Belaruasian State University, Kopyl District Cultural Department, Minsk Regional Curatorial Centre in ICH, Semezhava Centre of Culture and local secondary school, Students Ethnography Society (SES), Ethnic Culture Association of Semezhava Community ‘Semyazhovachka’.
Time period: 2018-2022
Budget Estimates: 15, 000 USD
Budget Sources: state, regional budgets, private funds
3. Promoting the rite of ‘Kalyady Tsars’
Objective: Introducing the ritual along with the meaning, values, and functions of rite of ‘Kalyady Tsars’ to the public.
Results: Promotion is expected to make people know and understand the ritual of the Semezhava village as an intangible cultural heritage that is laden with meaning, values, and functions. Understanding that the rite of ‘Kalyady Tsars’ not only belongs to the people of Semezhava but also to the people of Belarus and of the world contributes to strengthening Semezhava’s identity.
1) Organization of ICH festival and fair in Semezhava village (annyally, a day of the rite performance), 20,000 USD;
2) Making a film about the ‘Kalyady Tsars’ rite (2019), 6, 000 USD;
3) Publication a series of editions and informational materials about the rite (2018), 7,000 USD
4) Organization the exhibition in the National History Museum of the Republic of Belarus to the 10th of anniversary of the element inscribing in the UNESCO Safeguarding List (2019), 15,000 USD.
5) Responsible Institution: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, Kopyl District Cultural Department, Minsk Regional Curatorial Centre in ICH, Semezhava Centre of Culture and local secondary school, Students Ethnography Society (SES), Ethnic Culture Association of Semezhava Community ‘Semyazhovachka’, mass media
Time period: 2018-2022
Budget Estimates: about 50,000 USD
Budget Source: local government budgets, private funds, in-kind (Semezhava community)
3. Enhancing the capacity of the Semezhava activists and stakeholders
Objective: Training for Semezhava activists and stakeholders is required to improve their skills so as to provide a better level of teaching to local youth. Improving the skills, creativity, and safeguarding management among the community leaders.
Results: improved skills of Semezhava activists and stakeholders. Acceleration transmission of knowledge related to the ‘Kalyady Tsars’ rite and those stakeholders related to it.
Activities: workshops, training
Responsible Institutions: Minsk Regional Curatorial Centre in ICH, Semezhava Centre of Culture and local secondary school, Students Ethnography Society (SES), Ethnic Culture Association of Semezhava Community ‘Semyazhovachka’
Time period: 2018-2022
Budget Estimates: 10, 000 USD.
Budget sources: state and local government budgets, private funds
Participation des communautés
Veuillez décrire comment les communautés, groupes et individus ainsi que les organisations non gouvernementales pertinentes ont été impliqués, y compris en termes de rôles du genre, dans la mise à jour du plan de sauvegarde et comment ils seront impliqués dans sa mise en œuvre.
All stakeholders related to the rite of ‘Kalyady Tsars’ including the government and the people, groups, communities, and individuals are implementing their respective roles. The government has a position as a facilitator and regulator. It is the people who will implement programs according to what they want and need. The next safeguarding plan will include the participation of wider proportion of society.
In-depth research/studies carried out by individuals who are concerned about the element will be fully supported by the Ministry of Culture. The results of research, documenting, inventorying to enrich the Semezhava community and the rite of ‘Kalyady Tsars’ will be carried out by the community who are to support the achievements of the previous program.
Local inhabitants identify the ceremony "Kalyady Tsars" as their own heritage and are greatly proud of their culture and traditions. They carefully safeguard it and try to keep to all established rules of its carrying out underlying its sacral value. Bearers of the rite participate in the creation of costumes. They provide the work with local schoolchildren and organised the another group of the "Christmas Tsars", which consists of schoolboys of 12-14 years old. Despite only young men are the main actors in the ritual but locals as a whole take part in the ceremony, all of them are bearers of this tradition. They meet many holiday guests, provide housing and invite them to share a celebratory dinner.
Veuillez indiquer quelles institutions sont en charge de la gestion locale et de la sauvegarde de l'élément inscrit sur la Liste de sauvegarde urgente, notamment :
- a. l'(les) organisme(s) compétent(s) impliqué(s) dans sa gestion et/ou sa sauvegarde ;
- b. l'(les) organisation(s) de la communauté ou du groupe concernée(s) par l'élément et sa sauvegarde.
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus manages the process for safeguarding of the rite ’Kalyady Tsars' and finances a part of measures for safeguarding of it in the framework of the State Programme for Development of the Belarusian Culture for 2015 - 2020.
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus
Address: pr. Pobeditelej, 11 Minsk 220004, Belarus
Tel. +375 17203-75-74
Fax: +375 (17) 203-90-45
Institute of Culture of Belarus
Local authority, in particular, Kapyl District Department for Culture and Semezhava Centre of Culture renders great assistance to the local community of Semezhava in the promotion of the element, dissemination of the information about it, using different sources, including mass media. They are actively engaged in fund raising.
Kopyl District Department of Culture
Lenina Sq,6 Kapyl, Minsk Region
Tatsian Vialentij, Main Specialist
Tel. +375 (01719) 55 3 38
Kapyl District Centre of Traditional Culture
Sonechnaya Str., 12, Kapyl, Minsk Region
Galina Gurlo, Director
Tel. +375 (01719) 33 5 29
Semezhava Centre of Culture
Dubrounaya Str., 1 Semezhava village, Kapyl District, Minsk Region
Tatsiana Shaura, Director
Tel. +375 (01719) 21 106
The local community represented by the group of today's bearers and informers, including the oldest bearers of the rite (Georgy Tsimanau, Ivan Markevich and Mikalai Skamarocha are among them) takes an active part in the promotion and safeguarding of the element.
Ethnic Culture Association of Semezhava community was established in 2010. Their work is aimed at the organization of the folklore festival and a series of studies on the history of the ritual and the monitoring of its viability.
Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts together with the National Academy of Sciences provides the studying of the element, organizes workshops for the bearers and local people on the safeguarding of the element.
D. Participation des communautés à l'établissement du présent rapport
Décrivez les mesures qui ont été prises pour assurer la plus large participation possible des communautés, des groupes et, le cas échéant, des individus ainsi que des organisations non gouvernementales pertinentes concernés pendant la préparation du présent rapport.
Participation of communities in preparing this report
In preparing the report have been actively involved members of the local community of Semezhava village, including Georgy Tsimanau, Ivan Markevich and Mikalai Skamarocha, a local activists, who were directly involved in the revival of the ceremony, representatives of the local secondary school, Semezhava Centre of Culture, representatives of local House of Crafts. They presented all the necessary documents: pictures, information on the measures to ensure the sageguarding, video recording, etc.
Monitoring the safeguarding conditions of the rite of 'Kalyady Tsars' has been undertaken every year starting from 2010 and concluded in 2017 with this periodic report. There were three workshops with the rite bearers on the safeguarding plan for the element for the next reporting period took place in Semezhava village in 2017.
A great help in the preparation of the report was provided by the Kapyl District Department of Culture. They provide a link with the local community and work closely with carriers rite.
Department for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Heritage
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of
E. Signature au nom de l'État partie
Le rapport doit être signé par un responsable habilité à le signer pour le compte de l’État, avec la mention de son nom, de son titre et de la date de soumission.
Deputy Ministry of Culture of Belarus
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