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The preparation of implementation of The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted at the UNESCO General Conference in 2003. 161 states are now parties to the convention. In Finland the convention was ratified in May 2013. Intangible Cultural Heritage can be for example oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has assigned the responsibility for implementing the convention to the National Board of Antiquities (www.nba.fi), which is currently drafting a model for its execution in Finland. CUPORE - The Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research is collaborating in this work in the context of research. Based on the conducted research and hearing of stakeholder groups, the National Board of Antiquities will draft a proposal in spring 2015 for the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture on how the convention will be realized in practice in Finland.

Cupore conducted a comparative research on the implementation of the convention in other member countries and later will develop a draft criteria on selecting elements of intangible cultural heritage for safeguarding in Finland.

First part of Cupore´s research collaboration has now been published in Finnish. Cupore conducted a study aiming to provide background information on how the Unesco convention has been implemented in different countries. Another objective was to find interesting examples of the elements inscribed on the intangible cultural heritage lists, with the purpose of creating a roadmap for a Finnish model for implementing the convention and fostering intangible cultural heritage more generally as well.

English summary of the publication

More information

Leena Marsio, leena.marsio(a)nba.fi, tel. +358 40 128 6017
Mirva Mattila, mirva.mattila(a)minedu.fi, tel. +358 295 330 269

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