Intangible heritage

The intangible cultural heritage is a structural part of the identity and collective memory and its protection is included in Title VIII of the Bases of Cultural Heritage Law. 

The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (UNESCO, 2003), reinforced the obligations of States Parties and specified forms of safeguarding the intangible heritage. The principles of the Convention were transposed into national law by Decree-Law No. 139/2009 of 15 June, amended by Decree-Law No. 149/2015 of 4 August, establishing the cultural heritage protection system immaterial and by Ordinance No. 196/2010 of 9 April, approving the request form inventory, the inventory sheet model and fulfillment of standards and mandatory documentation.

• The intangible heritage comprises
• Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;
• Artistic expressions and performative character demonstrations;
• Social practices, rituals and festive events;
• Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;
• Skills within processes and traditional techniques.

The result of a generational transmission in some cases ancient and permanent remake and adaptation, intangible heritage witness the cultural diversity of the country, favouring understanding and respect for difference and at the same time the sense of pride and cohesion of communities.

The geographic area of ​​DRCN highlights the Mirandese language, cuisine, festivals and religious rituals and traditional music, as areas where traditional cultural expressions are particularly rich and dynamic.

The DRCN operates in conjunction with the DGPC in the inventory of intangible heritage and promotes the practice and dissemination of intangible cultural events in collaboration with local authorities and associations.

The request for inventorying can be formulated with the DRCN or the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage by local authorities or to any community, group, individual, or non-governmental organization concerned, which for this purpose should use the form in Ordinance No. 196/2010 of 9 April.

For more information and research on intangible heritage, we suggest consulting the electronic page of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage.

Last day 02.06.2016, the DRCN held a meeting on Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Check the conclusions here.