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Intangible culture as the embodiment of the soul of the people

It is transmitted and perceived by living people, so it remains alive for centuries. Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage contributes to the enrichment of cultural diversity and stimulates creativity. The list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO includes such Ukrainian objects as Petrykivka painting and cossack songs of Dnipropetrovsk region.

The definition of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the UNESCO Convention

The term Intangible Cultural Heritage means customs, forms of display and expression, knowledge and skills, as well as associated instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces recognized by communities, groups, and in some cases, individuals as a part of their cultural heritage. This Intangible Cultural Heritage is passed down from generation to generation, being constantly recreated by communities and groups under the influence of their surroundings, their interactions with nature and their history. It forms generations` sense of identity and continuity, thus, promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

 The term Intangible Cultural Heritage as defined in paragraph 1 above, inter alia, manifests itself in the following fields: 

  • oral traditions and forms of expression, in particular in the language as a bearer of intangible cultural heritage; 
  • performing arts; 
  • customs, rites, celebrations; 
  • knowledge and practice concerning nature and the universe; 
  • traditional crafts. 

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ukraine

Ukraine joined the UNESCO Convention for the protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage on 6 March 2008, and on 27 August 2008 this international instrument entered into force for Ukraine. 

According to the Order of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine № 1521 dated  December 14, 2012 "On approval of the registration card of the object (element) of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ukraine and the definition of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ukraine", the formation of the National list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ukraine started. During 2013-2018 this list included the following  objects of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ukraine:  

 

http://mincult.kmu.gov.ua/mincult_old/uk/publish/article/391359
http://elartu.tntu.edu.ua/bitstream/lib/21959/1/Visnyk_No_1.pdf