Definition: Intangible cultural heritage


Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is defined as the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity
UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), "2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics", Montreal, 2009

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