Italy intangible heritage

UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Adopted on 17 October 2003 by the UNESCO General Conference. Entry into force on the 40th ratification, April 30, 2006 September 27, 2007 Ratified by Italy with Law no. 167 Italy is currently a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention and will remain so until 2012.

Among its main objectives, the Convenzione per la Salvaguardia del patrimonio culturale immateriale (Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage) aims at safeguarding the elements and expressions of Intangible Cultural Heritage, promoting (at a local, national and international level) awareness of their worth as vital components of traditional cultures, ensuring that this value is mutually appreciated by the different communities, groups and individuals concerned and encouraging their cooperation and support activities on an international scale (Article 1).

For the purposes of the Convention, intangible heritage is described as “the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, know-how 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” (Article 2).

Areas of intangible heritage are the following (Article 2.2): a) oral traditions and expressions (including language as a vehicle of intangible cultural heritage); b) performing arts; c) social practices, rituals and festive events; d) knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; e) knowledge and practices related to traditional crafts.

Operational directives: for any details concerning the procedures, please consult the Operational Directives

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