St. Eustatius represented at joint UNESCO meeting | THE DAILY HERALD

Representatives of St. Eustatius to the joint country consultative UNESCO meeting about Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paramaribo, Suriname, from left, Natasha Radjouki, Walter Hellebrand and Misha Spanner.

 ST. EUSTATIUS–On Monday a delegation of representatives from St. Eustatius departed the island to take part in a joint UNESCO meeting in the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo.

Today, Tuesday, is the start of the four-day joint country consultative UNESCO meeting about Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) with participants from Saba, St. Maarten, Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, Suriname, the Netherlands and Statia.

Taking part for Statia are Misha Spanner, Natasha Radjouki and Walter Hellebrand, who have all three participated in earlier UNESCO ICH meetings and are, therefore, familiar with the subject.

The meeting is part of the ongoing project to strengthen the capacities of the Dutch Caribbean and Suriname in the field of safeguarding cultural traditions and practices.

Spanner is museum guide and leader of St. Eustatius Historical Foundation’s Simon Doncker youth club. Radjouki works at the Culture Department and Hellebrand is historian and secretary of St. Eustatius Historical Foundation.

The cost of their travel and stay are covered by UNESCO. The focus of the meeting is on safeguarding intangible heritage in the face of natural disasters.

Source: The Daily Herald