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My Living Heritage

Workshop at the National Museum (Mannerheimintie 34)
Saturday 12th of August 2017, 12-15 pm

Video from the workshop


Living heritage is present in people’s everyday lives. We celebrate many annual festivals, sing in choirs, the provinces have their own food recipes and mitten patterns. But what are the living traditions of the new Finns? What kind of heritage do migrants bring with them or leave behind? What do they want to safeguard and pass on to their children? How does living heritage change in a new home country?

As part of the exhibition Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] in the National Museum, a workshop My Living Heritage will take place on Saturday 12th of August. In the workshop immigrants and refugees and even others who have left their home behind, are invited to tell their story. The participants are asked to bring one tangible thing with them to tell about their intangible heritage. If the participants wish, their stories will also be recorded.

The aim of the workshop is to make visible the living heritage of migrants in today’s Finland and also to emphasize the importance of equality and identification in the discussion on immigration. The workshop is part of the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage that is coordinated by the National Board of Antiquities (Museovirasto).

The Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] is part of an international series of events. It’s a pop-up photo studio that invites together new and old Finns. The portraits will form an exhibition in the National Museum (open between 10th and 17th of August) and also to an international gallery on the Internet.

The languages of the workshop are Finnish, English, French, Arabic and Berber language. The facilitator of the workshop is Hamza Amarouche.


The workshop is organized in cooperation by the National Board of Antiquities, The National Museum, MiklagardArts and International Cultural Centre Caisa.

Additional information and registration:

Leena Marsio, Coordinator of Intangible Heritage, National Board of Antiquities,  leena.marsio(at)museovirasto.fi +358 29533 6017

Hamza Amarouche, Immigration services coordinator, International Cultural Centre Caisa, hamza.amarouche(at)hel.fi + 3589 310 37519

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