Located in a historic building erected in 1915, the Tekka Centre Wet Market is home to nearly 300 food stalls. Wet markets represent a rich part of Singapore’s history and food culture, being a primary place where people gather and get their daily essentials. Photo by Kari.Shouur, CC BY-SA 4.0.
From September until early October, the Nine Gods Festival comes to temples across Singapore. In the finale of the festival, devotees tug paper boats into the sea and set them alight. Photo by Rodney Ee, CC BY-SA 4.0.
A woman wanders through a market on Arab Street in downtown Singapore, admiring colorful Turkish lamps. Photo by Henry Vante, CC BY-SA 4.0.
The winners of the photo contest were awarded in the closing ceremony. The photo contest was featured in the Diff blog by the Wikimedia Foundation.
On the second day, the program in the plenary was opened by a keynote from Dr. Kirk Siang Yeo from the National Heritage Board. He presented the activities the Singapore Heritage Board is taking to safeguard Living Heritage in the country.
It was followed by the overall presentation of the Wiki Loves Living Heritage program by Susanna Ånäs and Alan Ang.
We also proposed Hacking ideas for hacking at the hackathon. They are still valid, pick your choice!
In the latter part of the year, we will be looking back as well as forward, beyond the festive year by featuring more local activities, making introductions to living heritage at events, facilitating data imports and sharing experiences in the blog.
3–6 October CC Summit in Mexico City. Wiki Loves Living Heritage will be presented online.
10–12 October – Presentation of Community Heritage Archives, a concept for a Wikibase for communities, will be presented by Ina Blümel, TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and Susanna Ånäs, AvoinGLAM at Europeana Tech (online).
Let's Connect sharing session will be arranged in October. They will be introductions of the working methods: collaborations with the local authorities and data imports, to inspire new activities for this year and beyond.
3–5 November 2023 – We wish to arrange a Wiki Loves Living Heritage Bazaar event at WikiIndaba.
16–18 November – We will join GLAM-Wiki Conference in Uruguay and wish to present and discuss the project.
Explore Wiki Loves Living Heritage
See pages for heritage elements on the UNESCO Lists and registers of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the locally maintained inventories as well as country pages that feature all of these plus elements that have been nominated by the editors.
See the page Elements on UNESCO Lists and its subpages to view the heritage elements that have been inscribed in the UNESCO Lists and Registers of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
See the page Inventories for a list of all recorded inventories. You can view the elements of an inventory by clicking on the button below the image if elements have been added to Wikidata and if the page has been created.
The countries page links to pages that collect all the different types of items together by country: Elements on UNESCO Lists and Registers, in locally maintained inventories as well as elements that anyone has wished to include in the Wiki Loves Living Heritage projects. Check out below how to add your favourite heritage element.
Things you can do
Write a blog post!
We are vitalizing the Wiki Loves Living Heritage blog in the coming months. If you have an interesting concept for a project, an important perspective, or would like to share your experiences working with living heritage, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add your inventory
If you are interested in facilitating the import of the heritage elements from your country to Wikidata, there will be many online opportunities to learn about that during the autumn. Here's a quick outline of the process to get you started right away.
Navigate to Inventories to see if your inventory has been added to Wikidata.
If you represent a heritage organization, read Contributing to Wikimedia as a cultural heritage organization before you start. The Contacts page lists Wikimedia affiliates around the world who will be able to help you in your journey. If there is no affiliate in your country, look for ones in the neighboring countries or internationally operating ones.
As a Wikimedian, join the upcoming presentation at WikidataCon, or start working following the guidelines above. You can decide to offer assistance also for other countries and add yourself to this list.
Add your favorite heritage element to Wiki Loves Living Heritage pages
Regardless of whether your favorite festival or local snack is included in an inventory or not, or if the inventory is not added to Wikidata yet, you can add any living heritage element to the project yourself.
Search Wikidata to find the living heritage element.
Make sure a country has been added in either Country (P17) or Country of origin (P495). Remember that you will need to base your claim on a source.
Once the Wikidata item is updated, navigate to the page Wiki Loves Living Heritage/Intangible Cultural Heritage of <your country name here>.
Update the the list by clicking on the link "Manually update list" and return to the page when the update is ready.
Add translations and images
At the end of each inventory or country page, you find grey boxes with tasks that you can do. Choose the simple tasks to translate inventory or heritage element names and descriptions to you language and to add missing images.
Make contacts locally
To get started with local collaborations between authorities and Wikimedia affiliates, start by browsing the directory of Contacts. You can also plan to arrange a Bazaar, a meeting in your country or region.