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SAVE THE DATE! International Webinar Focus Craftership

02 February 2024

International Webinar ‘Focus Craftership: Toolbox and Methodology for filming living heritage'


Join the international Webinar 'Focus Craftership’ and get to know the new 'filminglivingheritage.org' Toolbox and Methodology for filming and documenting craftership, know-how, skills and other living heritage on the 28th of May, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. CEST.

This bilingual - English & Dutch - toolbox springs from 4 years of action research and methodology development on documenting living heritage through audiovisual means. 

A team of heritage workers, filmmakers, craftspeople and living heritage communities joined forces to create this guide for filming and safeguarding living heritage. 10 pilot projects tested the approach through filming heritage practices in hurdy-gurdy building, wattle and daub, wickerwork, maritime mast building, crop selection, the construction of giants, monastery crafts, Japanese woodcutting, cooperage and taxidermy.   


For the project 'Focus Craftership' a network of heritage organisations in Flanders (Belgium) joined forces between 2021 and 2023: Bokrijk | Craftsmanship & Heritage as initiator, CAG, CEMPER, Histories, PARCUM, ETWIE, FARO and Workshop intangible heritage, with support from the Flemish government.



Confirmed speakers

Hilde Schoefs

|  Open Air Museum Bokrijk

Hilde Schoefs studied Dutch and English Language and Literature (KULeuven) and Ethnology (University of Amsterdam). She worked for 10 years for FARO, the Flemish Interface Centre for Cultural Heritage. Since 2009 she is the head of the Open Air Museum Bokrijk, a nationally acknowledged museum on the culture of daily life in Flanders (Belgium) and an accredited NGO in the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (www.bokrijk.be).

Since August 2019 Hilde Schoefs is the chair of AEOM, the Association of European Open Air Museums (www.theaeom.eu). She takes frequently part in committees and jury’s.

Lieve De Saedeleer

|  Bokrijk | Craftership and Heritage

Lieve De Saedeleer is project coordinator of Focus Craftership at Bokrijk | Craftership and Heritage. In 2023 she did so full-time, now on a freelance basis. Lieve studied communication. More recently, she pursued a postgraduate degree in Relationship and Communication Studies. Over the years she has been able to gain a lot of experience on heritage projects.

She enjoys working on meaningful public projects and attaches great importance to communication towards heritage communities. At Focus Craftership, she worked closely with several communities: wickerwork, wattle and daub, cooperage and Japanese woodcut. For her, it is important that the experience from this project is now put to full use for the future and for every community with ambition to work on documentation and filming.

Alexander Kerkhof

|  Feathers on Wings

Since 2005, Alexander Kerkhof (1977) works project-based as an independent creative partner in the audiovisual field. Having worked as a producer for television, as a camera operator on multiple productions and as a technician in a filmlab, he is experienced with many aspects of audiovisual production. 

He is passionate about image, sound, art and heritage and he seeks their tangents in his practice. Between 2021 and 2024 he worked on Focus Craftership as a bridge figure between the different partners and as one of the three videographers for nine of the selected crafts  Alexander holds a Master of Arts from UGent (2000).

Jorijn Neyrinck

|  Workshop intangible heritage Flanders

Jorijn Neyrinck is a cultural anthropologist. She’s the coordinator of the organization Workshop intangible heritage in Belgium, facilitator for the UNESCO 2003 Convention, vice-chair of the Flemish UNESCO Commission in Belgium, and researcher at University of Antwerp within the current research project Crafting Futures.
Jorijn takes on a cultural broker and mediating role in the field among living heritage actors, policy makers, civil society, and academia. Some of her recent commitments are:  coordinating the work on the webdossier ICH and sustainable tourism, co-organizer for Wiki Loves Living Heritage (2023), Steering member of the European Network of Focal Points for the UNESCO 2003 Convention (ENFP), member in the Evaluation Body of the 2003 Convention (2019-2022), leading the ICH and Museums Project (IMP) and partner to the ICH Journeys project (2024-2027) in Europe, and the current research projects Crafting Futures and Tracks4Crafts. Together with Tamara Nikolić Đerić, Jorijn elaborated the methodology and outlines of the toolbox filminglivingheritage.org between 2020 and 2023.

Tamara Nikolić Đerić

|  Freelance cultural heritage consultant

Tamara Nikolić Đerić (1983), PhD and senior curator, holds degrees in Cultural anthropology and Indology. From 2008 until 2023, Nikolić Đerić has been working for the Ethnographic Museum of Istria. Along with research, exhibition production, documentation and digitization activities, she started and managed for 10 years the first Ethnographic film festival in Croatia, ETNOFILm.

Since 2014, Nikolić Đerić collaborates as cultural manager with Ecomuseum Batana (UNESCO Register of Good safeguarding practices, 2016). As of 2017, she collaborates with UNESCO Living Heritage Entity as facilitator for the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the safeguarding of ICH. She has extensive experience as project manager of EU-funded heritage projects. Nikolić Đerić focusses on community-led heritage projects providing support in planning and management. Since 2023 she works as independent and heritage consultant. 

Shana Van Hauwermeiren  

|  Workshop intangible heritage Flanders

Shana Van Hauwermeiren studied History at Ghent University (BE). She joined the Workshop intangible heritage (BE) in 2019, where she works towards safeguarding intangible heritage, and is responsible for projects, support and research of participation in relation to heritage communities. 

Her main focus is on researching how professional heritage mediators and organisations can help safeguard living heritage. Shana has coordinated projects with a focus on the research on the integration and registration of living heritage in collection- and digital data management systems, and on documenting ICH through film.

Laura Dankaert  

|  Centre for Agrarian History (CAG)

Laura graduated as a Master in History from KU Leuven in 2016. In 2016-2017 she followed the master's program in Art, Culture and Heritage at Maastricht University, where she graduated with an internship thesis on family programs in historical and heritage museums. 

Laura has been active at the Centre for Agrarian History as a project employee since 2017. She completed various research projects and safeguarding trajectories for intangible heritage, in which she gained experience with filming living heritage. Currently, she coordinates the project ‘Water & Land. Intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development’, where ICH is researched as a lever in climate adaptation.

Julie Aerts  


Julie Aerts is a staff member of PARCUM, a museum and centre of expertise for religious art and culture in Flanders (Belgium). She holds a degree in History from KU Leuven (2006) and a Teaching Certificate for Secondary Education (2007). 

Since 2011, Julie has been instrumental in expanding PARCUM's focus to encompass intangible heritage, overseeing its development as an expert center. Her role includes monitoring intangible heritage policies and guiding communities in the safeguarding of their intangible heritage, especially in the areas of religion and lifestance.




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