National Inventory of Living Heritage

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National Inventory of Living Heritage

Elements within the Wiki-inventory can be suggested for the National inventory of intangible cultural heritage. In 2017 The Ministry of Education and Culture nominated 52 elements into the National Inventory of Living Heritage. The first round of applications for the National Inventory gathered nearly a hundred applications. The National inventory is based on the proposal by the Finnish Heritage Agency and the Advisory group of intangible cultural heritage. Communities and organizations active in the field of intangible cultural heritage have also been commenting on the submissions. Articles in the National Inventory need to be updated every three years.

The National Inventory will be updated regularly, and the next opportunity to submit applications will be from 4th of November to 5th of December 2019. From the National inventory, submissions can then be made for the elements to be inscribed on the UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Register of Good Safeguarding Practises. The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture decides which elements are to be submitted to UNESCO, based on suggestions from the communities. The first submissions from Finland will be about sauna culture and Kaustinen fiddle playing.

The selection of an element into the National Inventory of Living Heritage is a recognition to the communities that work with the traditions. The National Inventory also brings more visibility to the elements.

Read more about the elements inscribed in 2017 in the National Inventory here.

Instructions for applicants and the evaluation criteria

See the questions here

Application form

For more information
Leena Marsio, senior adviser, Finnish Heritage Agency
leena.marsio(at), tel. +358 (0)295 33 6017

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