Top 10 Silk Road Cultural Events Released during the 2020 Silk Road Week

The Silk Road cultural events in the Annual Report of Silk Road Cultural Heritage 2019 were captured from 74,000 major events related to the Silk Road, 900 important events were selected, and 125 effective events were finally filtered out through manual intervention. According to the frequency of events, network heat, industry influence and media exposure and other factors, the experts have voted for the “top 10” cultural events along the Silk Road. It can be seen that the World Cultural Heritage of the Silk Road in 2019 plays a more important role in the world, and all countries in the world have increased their attention to the "Application for World Heritage" of the Silk Road. Countries along the Silk Road have carried out cooperation on cultural heritage, and various conferences have been held to carry forward the cultural heritage of the Silk Road in various forms.


1.Maritime Silk Road Culture Tour, January 1st-October 27th, 2019, Manila, Philippines 

Sponsored and organized by Guangzhou, the Maritime Silk Road Heritage Conservation Union and the UNESCO World Heritage List of 26 cities led by the "Maritime Silk Road Cultural Tour" in the form of an international tour in Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines for three consecutive years to organize special events. It is to strengthen cultural exchanges with China, while expanding the influence of maritime Silk Road culture in countries and regions along ancient sea routes.


2.International Seminar on Archaeology of the Silk Road, January 23-January 24, 2019, Japan, Tokyo 

From January 23 to 24, the international seminar on "Exploring the Silk Road -- Reviving the Ancient Road" was held at Nakano Campus of Heisei University. The seminar was sponsored by the Department of Culture of Japan and organized by Heisei University. Scholars attending the seminar gave relevant academic reports. The meeting publicized the latest research results of the Silk Road to the public, provided a platform for the exchange of researchers from China, Japan and South Korea, and promoted the further research of the Silk Road.


3.The Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes Project, February 18-December 31, 2019,United Kingdom, London 

Central Asian archaeological landscape (CAAL) is to excavate and protect archaeological sites by digitizing and mapping the archaeological data accumulated in Central Asia for more than 100 years, including reports, diaries, drawings, maps, photographs, slides, and damaging archival heritage. The project creates a shared platform for archaeologists, architects, conservation professionals and the general public interested in Central Asian archaeology.


4.Silk Road Ministers Meeting, March 6-March 6, 2019, Germany, Berlin 

The UNESCO, the affiliated members of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and 20 Silk Road Countries participated in the 2019 Silk Road Ministerial Meeting in Berlin, Germany, where they discussed and made wonderful speeches on the planning of activities of the UN World Tourism Organization in the period of 2019-2020. The silk Road Ministerial Conference is of great significance to making the time-honored Silk Road the most important transnational tourism route in the 21st century and expanding the influence of countries along the Silk Road.


5.The"Belt and Road" Cultural Heritage International Cooperation Alliance, May 11, 2019 China, Xi'an 

The establishment of the "Belt and Road" Cultural Heritage International Cooperation Alliance, launched by Northwest Polytechnic University, was established in Xi'an. The establishment of the alliance is an important measure to strengthen cultural exchanges and cooperation among countries. At the same time, it also marks the strength of cultural heritage protection and research along the "Belt and Road" line, which is of great significance to the development of scientific and technological advantages, the adoption of cross-disciplinary integration, the comprehensive development of scientific protection of cultural heritage, talent training, skills training and effective utilization.


6.Photo Exhibition and Cultural Salon Activities to Commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Silk Road Heritage Application, July 6-July 7, 2019, Azerbaijan, Baku 

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the successful application of the Silk Road, China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan jointly organized exhibitions and joint commemorative activities. With the theme of Silk Road photography, they demonstrated the geographical features, traditional activities and cultural customs along the Silk Road of the three countries.


7.Sixth Meeting of the Coordinating Committee on the Serial transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads, September 23-September 26, 2019, Iran, Hamadan 

The UNESCO World Heritage Center, the Multi-country Office, the National Commission of UNESCO of Iran and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of Iran, jointly organized the Sixth Meeting of the Coordinating Committee on the Serial transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads. This conference is of great importance to the further declaration and protection of the world heritage of the Silk Road, and it is of great international significance to promote international cultural exchanges and promote the spirit of the Silk Road of mutual learning and learning.


8.The First Dialogue on Exchanges and Mutual Learning among Civilizations, November 28th-November 28th, 2019, China, Beijing 

On November 28, the First Dialogue on Exchanges and Mutual Learning, hosted by the China International Exchange Association of the Ministry of Foreign Liaison of the CPC Central Committee, was held at the Palace Museum in Beijing. The purpose of this Dialogue is to promote more exchanges and cooperation among countries around the exchange of civilizations, and to contribute positively to the construction of new international relations and the construction of a community of human destinies. This is a high-standard intergovernmental meeting on the theme of cultural heritage, which confirms the outstanding role of cultural and civilized exchanges in the construction of  the "Belt and Road ".


9.Conference of Members of the International Silk Union 2019, December 5th-December 5th, 2019 China, Hangzhou 

The "Conference of Members of the International Silk Union 2019 "was held in Hangzhou, with the participation of more than 150 government leaders, representatives of member units of the Union, special committee members and silk experts from 13 countries and regions including China, Italy, France, Brazil, Japan, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Laos, Myanmar and Hong Kong, China. The meeting reviewed the work of the International Silk Union since its inception in 2015, which will be of great significance to the future direction of the international silk industry and the cultural cooperation of the countries along the Silk Road.


10.The 14th Annual Meeting of the Committee for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage, December 9th-December 14th, 2019, Colombia, Bogota 

The 14th Annual Meeting of the Committee for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritagewas held in Bogotá, Colombia. The Committee is composed of 24 States parties to the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Congress selected 31 intangible cultural heritage projects from countries along the Silk Road into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, reflecting the diversity and richness of cultural heritage along the Silk Road, and also providing a window for people to understand cultural heritage and their lives around the world.

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