Dialogue on Intangible Heritage


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Join the Ontario Heritage Trust as we explore the preservation of living expressions of our identity through two events this fall.


Named by the National Geographic Society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, Wade Davis has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” Join the Ontario Heritage Trust and Wade Davis as we continue the conversation on intangible heritage in this evening lecture at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto.


Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Tickets available here


Wednesday, November 22, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.)

Practitioners, proponents and stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds share perspectives and engage in an interactive dialogue on intangible cultural heritage and its significance to heritage conservation.‎

Hosted at the Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto, this full-day symposium will feature discussion panels, performance arts, interactive demonstrations, culinary traditions and more.

Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.


9 a.m. – Registration opens

9:30 to 10:15 a.m. – Welcome and blessing, opening remarks

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. – Break (coffee and refreshments will be offered)

10:45 to 11 a.m. – Musical performance by Nick Sherman

11 a.m. to Noon – Panel discussion #1: Identity and cross cultural exchange, featuring:

Noon to 1 p.m. – Lunch (food and refreshments provided) and interactive displays available

1 to 1:30 p.m. – Interactive story/performance with poet and author Nadine Williams

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Panel discussion #2: Intangible cultural heritage and the digital age, featuring:

  • Darrick Baxter: President and App Developer, Ogoki Learning Inc.
  • Siobhan O'Flynn: Senior Lecturer, University of Toronto, co-founder of +CityDesign and Transmedia 101
  • Sean Graham: host of History Slam podcast (part of ActiveHistory.ca) and Adjunct Professor at Carleton University

2:30 to 2:45 p.m. – Break (coffee and light refreshments will be offered)

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. – Interactive demonstrations (participants are welcome to interact with and observe skilled trades, exhibits and interactive displays)

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Panel discussion #3: Intergenerational Transfer, featuring:

4:30 to 4:40 p.m. – Closing remarks

Intangible cultural heritage is an elusive but fascinating topic and its significance is increasingly being recognized – as is its inextricable link to tangible heritage. It includes living expressions of our identity, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. Intangible heritage is important in maintaining the diversity of our communities and building intercultural dialogue and understanding.


Isabel Bader Theatre
University of Toronto
93 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario


Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street
Toronto, Ontario