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New Nordic website for sharing Good Practices in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Enter the site Nordic Safeguarding Practices to learn more about measures on safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and how they are carried out in practice. The new site consists of examples from different Nordic countries. They are chosen based their importance as successful, innovative and/or creative.

The website is a resource whether you are a stakeholder or just curious about what the term intangible cultural heritage means. The site is meant to inspire you and offer you the option to look beyond the boundaries of your work, be it your sphere of tradition or country. Nordic Safeguarding Practices is also an introduction to intangible cultural heritage both as concept and practice and what safeguarding actually means in this cultural context.

Some safeguarding practices are carried out as a long process of transmitting heritage. The safeguarding programs for Land of Legends (Sweden), Building and Use of the Oselvar Boat (Norway) and the Icelandic Vitafélag are such examples. Some practices use digital media, such as The Story Atlas from Upper Kainuu (Finland).

The web site is inspired by the UNESCOs Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and design in the spirit of this. The Register of Good Safeguarding Practices is one of the measures in the Convention.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Crafts Institute and Kulturkontakt Nord. The project group has members from all Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Greenland.

Nordic Safeguarding Practices

See also videos by Dag and Leena about the website!


More information

Leena Marsio, Finnish Heritage Agency,

leena.marsio(at) +358 29533 6017

Dag Feldborg, Norwegian Crafts Institute dag.feldborg(at) tel. + 47 936 37 965 

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