The Arts Council has welcomed a call from the Government for expressions of interest to Ireland’s National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Last month, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, launched an open, nationwide call for submissions to Ireland’s National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The establishment of a National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage is part of Ireland’s obligations under the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which Ireland signed up to in December 2015.
Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: “The arts are at the very heart of Ireland’s intangible heritage, especially in our oral expression and in our performances. I would encourage artists and arts organisations to consider responding to this exciting call by Minister Humphreys.”
Intangible heritage represents living forms of heritage that cannot be touched – unlike, for example, built heritage. It refers to practices, representations and expressions that are central to the lives and identities of communities, groups and individuals.
Applications for Ireland’s National Inventory are being accepted in the following categories:
- Oral traditions and expressions, including language
- Performing arts
- Social practices, rituals and festive events
- Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- Traditional craftsmanship.
Individuals and organisations seeking to be considered for inclusion on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage are invited to complete an expression of interest form. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 January 2018.
Expression of Interest forms can be downloaded via the following link and filled out in Irish or English: https://www.chg.gov.ie/arts/culture/projects-and-programmes/intangible-cultural-heritage/