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Theme year of Living Heritage 2023

There are many good reasons to celebrate living heritage next year! The theme of the European Heritage Days 2023 is living heritage. At the same time, the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as Finland's 10-year long tenure as a member state of the Convention will be celebrated.

Global "Wiki Loves Living Heritage" campaign celebrates intangible cultural heritage in 2023

As part of the global campaign, a photo contest will be organized in Finland to make visible intangible cultural heritage, its safeguarding and practitioners. The campaign is organized by the Finnish Heritage agency in cooperation with Wikimedia Finland, European Heritage Days and the Federation of Local Heritage Associations.

Cultural heritage in Finland is also Iranian music and challah bread – Ambassadors of Living Heritage brings more diverse perspectives to traditions

During this autumn and winter, a project coordinated by the Finnish Heritage Agency has trained Ambassadors of Living Heritage, held workshops and brought more diverse perspectives to the work on intangible cultural heritage. The project is linked to the UNESCO the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and is coordinated in cooperation with the Arts Promotion Centre Finland Taike, the Culture for All Service and Globe Art Point.

Finnish Heritage Agency asks for statements for the action plan of intangible cultural heritage by 31st March.

Finnish Heritage Agency has drawn up, in cooperation with the ICH advisory group, an action plan for Intangible Cultural Heritage for the years 2023–2028. It is possible to comment on the draft programme by 31st March.

The National Inventory of Living Heritage is now accepting applications

The application period for the National Inventory of Living Heritage will be opened for the third time; the previous application periods were in 2017 and 2020. The Ministry of Education and Culture will periodically appoint new elements to the National Inventory of Living Heritage. The inventory is maintained as part of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Currently, the inventory contains 64 elements in Finland. Applications by various communities and associations are accepted until 15 March 2023.

New tool The Spinner of Living Heritage leads children to cultural heritage

The Spinner of Living Heritage, created by The Finnish Heritage Agency in collaboration with the Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland, leads children to discuss living heritage from the perspective of sustainable development. The tool has been published in Finnish, Swedish and English.

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