Intangible cultural heritage includes oral traditions, dance, theatre, music, social practices and festivals, traditional craftsmanship or knowledge about nature. All these cultural expressions contain knowledge and skills that have been inherited from previous generations, that are practised today and that will be passed on to future generations. Cultural heritage provides a sense of continuity and belonging for the communities and groups involved. Culture heirs constantly recreate intangible cultural heritage in response to their environment and society, making it sustainable.
In 2003, UNESCO adopted the international Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. It aims to make cultural diversity visible, promote mutual appreciation, and provides a framework for conservation action under international law. The Federal Republic of Germany acceded to the Convention in 2013. Bavaria also has its own Bavarian Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2013 to highlight the particular cultural diversity in Bavaria.
With this exhibition we present the contents, aims and values of the Convention and the Bavarian inventory. We show the specific characteristics of cultural expressions and want to inspire you for the intangible cultural heritage in Bavaria!
Dear visitor, from here you can access the virtual exhibition in two ways:
Collection on the individual forms of cultural expression:
This path takes you to the forms listed in the Bavarian Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage and presents them together with selected documents, photos, videos or sound recordings.
Exhibition rooms on intangible cultural heritage:
In the following, important questions and topics concerning intangible cultural heritage in Bavaria are presented as examples in six exhibition rooms.
Intangible cultural heritage is a natural part of our everyday lives, whether it is social practices we participate in, festivals we gather at, or performing arts we create and enjoy. With craftsmanship that been handed down, we see how work was done in earlier times, how skills are learned and creatively implemented. Our everyday activities often reflect a traditional knowledge of nature and ecological coherences. Intangible cultural heritage has many aspects, which we would like to present to you in six chapters: