Intangible Heritage

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Intangible Cultural Heritage

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is defined by UNESCO as “the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.” It is further stated that it is a changing, living heritage which is transmitted from one generation to the next, helping the communities build a sense of identity.

Intangible heritage expressions are demonstrated through: oral traditions and expressions; performing arts; social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; traditional craftsmanship. Often enough intangible heritage expressions overlap, for example, a musical expression can be seen as a performing art, a social practice or an oral expression.

The main aim of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is to encourage the State Parties to put in place a set of measures which would enable adequate identification, promotion, transmission and revitalization of the heritage expressions.