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Circles of ICH

Circles of living heritage are multistakeholder networks that are at the heart of the implementation process of the Convention in Finland.

Circles of living heritage are at the centre of the implementation process of the Convention in Finland. Circles act as coordinating organs and hubs where the actors of each field can meet each other and act for safeguarding their common intangible heritage. In the circles communities from each field practicing, transferring, teaching, researching and documenting can meet regularly. In practice, they have been organizing seminars, events and workshops and created partnerships and projects. The circles also play a role in inspiring proposals from their own field for the national inventory.

Four circles have been established with communities and actors in the respective fields: in crafts, nature, folk dance and folk music and oral tradition. There are over 70 NGOs, museums, institutes and other organisations represented in these circles.