Sweden’s ICH Best Practice – Land-of-Legends Programme

ICH is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity during todays globalization. A sustainable management and understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities help to promote social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life, as well as to protect identity within diversity.

Dr. Viorica Olaru-Cemirtan, historian and researcher from the Republic of Moldova, is guest researcher at the Department of Art History, Uppsala University Campus Gotland. As well as extensive research and education experience in the field of Soviet totalitarian regime, Stalinist deportations, migration, and cultural heritage, she has been working with international organizations for human rights promotion alongside as consultant and trainer in diverse projects for citizenship education.

Viorica is granted a post-doc fellowship from the Swedish Institute, currently doing a comparative investigation on how Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is constructed, handled, consumed and conveyed through institutions such as museums and cultural events in Sweden and Moldova, countries that ratified the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003. ICH is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity during todays globalization. A sustainable management and understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities help to promote social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life, as well as to protect identity within diversity. A comparative approach will provide lessons learned, best
practices, findings and recommendations for both communities of stakeholders.

This year, the thirteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will take place in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, in the period of November 26 - December 1st. Sweden submitted the Nomination file No. 01392 for inscription in 2018 on the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices,
namely the art of storytelling in Kronoberg Region (South-Sweden). This is the Land-of-Legends Programme which we invite you to discover together with us