BRIEF HISTORY OF IRCI
The International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (IRCI) was established and inaugurated in October 2011 as a Category 2 Centre of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At the 35th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO held in 2009, the proposal for the “Establishment in Japan of the International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region as a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO” was approved. In August of the following year, an agreement was concluded between the Government of Japan and UNESCO, and the centre officially opened as one of the institutions of the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH) of Japan. Its office is located in Sakai City, Osaka.
Opening Ceremony of IRCI (October 2011)