What is Intangible Cultural heritage?

ICH is a living culture; the traditions, skills and customs that communities practice. Unlike more tangible elements of culture like buildings and artefacts, ICH is something you experience, it is alive. For example the spoken words of poetry and storytelling, crafts that are practised and passed down through generations and festivals that celebrate the dance and music of a country. ICH can be inherited traditions but also contemporary practices. ICH gives people, communities and countries a sense of place and identity.

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Basketing weaving - Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico - Gañán Álvarez, Víctor – Andalusia, Spain
Andalusia

Basket Weaving

The art of making baskets by weaving palm tree leaves.

Mari Llwyd - Wales
Wales

Mari Llwyd

A wassailing folk custom found in South Wales.

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Portugal

Salt Flats

The Salinas de Rio Maior, (salt flats) where salt has been produced for over 900 years.

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Irish Harping- Ireland
Ireland

Irish Harping

The symbol of Ireland and deeply connected to the countries culture.

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Atlantic CultureScape - Work Package 4 - Flower Carpets - A Guarda - Spain
Spain

Flower Carpets

Carpets of flowers line the street in A Guarda, Galicia in Spain.

Atlantic CultureScape - Work Package 3 - Boat carpentry - credit O Piueiro - Spain
Spain

Boat Carpentry

Building, restoring and repairing traditional boats on the Atlantic Coast.

Flamenco Ballet – Consejería de Cultura y Patrimonio Histórico de la Junta de Andalucía, photographer Luis Castilla.
Spain

Flamenco Ballet

Three dance styles fused together create Flamenco Ballet.

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