WHAT IS INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE?

We are shaped by our culture: the food we eat, our customs, the public holidays we celebrate, the language we speak, and the objects we use in everyday life. Intangible Cultural Heritage includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants.

There are 6 Intangible Cultural Heritage categories.


Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices concerning Nature and the Universe
Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Food Heritage
Traditional Craftsmanship

EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

Heritage is what society inherits from previous generations and deems worthy of taking special measures to preserve for future generations. For ICH to be kept alive, it must remain relevant to a culture and be regularly practiced and learned within communities and between generations.

Throughout 2018, we celebrated our diverse cultural heritage across Europe at the EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.

Visit the website and learn more about the Year! 

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