Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)

The term ‘intangible cultural heritage’ refers to traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as 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 protection of intangible cultural heritage is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization. An understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities fosters intercultural dialogue and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life, while enriching knowledge and qualifications transmitted through culture from one generation to another.


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