Convention in Finland
Read more on the Finnish model to implement the Convention under the coordination of the Finnish Heritage Agency.
The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was ratified in Finland in May 2013. The Finnish Heritage Agency is responsible for the national implementation in Finland. Living heritage! Plan for National Implementation (2015) defines the general guidelines for the implementation and it supplemented with the Action Plan for Intangible Cultural Heritage for 2019-2022. The Ministry of Education and Culture has founded an expert group on intangible heritage to support the implementation of the Convention. A new plan for national implementation will be published at the beginning of 2023.
The spirit of the Convention presupposes that communities play a central role in the identification and definition of intangible culture heritage. This is why it is suggested that the national implementation be carried out as a networking activity, and that the participation of communities and stakeholder groups is emphasized.
In February 2016 a Wiki-inventory for Living Heritage was opened to enable communities and groups to present their own intangible cultural heritage. ICH communities produce the contents to the Wiki and it is maintained and moderated by The Finnish Heritage Agency. In three years the Wiki has over 175 articles from more than 240communities.
The Wiki-inventory supports the process of national inventorying of intangible cultural heritage. The first application period for the National Inventory of Living Heritage was in spring 2017 and the second one in autumn 2019. The Ministry of Education and Culture has nominated a total of 64 elements in the National Inventory of Living Heritage. The National Inventory will be updated regularly, and the next opportunity to submit applications will be earliest in 2021.
In addition a lot of seminars are being organised in the various domains and themes of ICH. All speeches from our seminars can be found from the Elävä perintö YouTube channel with over 100 videos. On the Elävä perintö Facebook one can find the timely events and discussions under the theme.