New project aims to strengthen the role of intangible cultural heritage

The two-year LIVIND – “Creative and living cultural heritage as a resource for the Northern Dimension region” project strengthens the role of intangible cultural heritage in local communities as the source of sustainable development, well-being, and livelihoods. The project includes ten countries from Northern Europe. A project this comprehensive in the field of living heritage is the first of its kind in Northern Europe. The project is c-funded by the Finnish Heritage Agency and the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). 

NDPC is partnering with The Finnish Heritage Agency which is launching a new, international project LIVIND – Creative and living cultural heritage as a resource for the Northern Dimension region. The project brings together ten countries from Northern Europe, as well as the Nordic autonomous regions and the Saami area. 

“The different skills and traditional practices encompassed in living cultural heritage contain a variety of elements that can be used to respond to challenges of today and the future, such as climate change and its side effects. Some of the solutions that are sustainable for the environment, communities and economy can be found close by, in our own inherited knowledge and skills,” says the new Project Coordinator Elisa Kraatari from the Finnish Heritage Agency.  

The project will strengthen cooperation between countries in the Nordic Dimension, especially in the field of intangible cultural heritage. The project focuses on searching for practical ways in which living cultural heritage supports sustainable development as well as on recognising and creating good practices to use living heritage to benefit local services, such as education, travel and tourism.  

The project is based on the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Faro Convention of the Council of Europe, and the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Geographically, the project will pursue the objectives of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Strategy 2021–2024 by strengthening the networks and cross-border cooperation in the region. 

The first LIVIND webinar will be held already on 29 November 2021. More info and registration: here.

In addition to the networking between different participants in the LIVIND project and the different experiments, information related to the theme will be collated in relevant places, such as the virtual platform. The project is supported by research experts, which facilitates work on deepening cooperation in living heritage projects in the future as well. 

LIVIND IN BRIEF 

Participating countries and regions: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Åland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, the Saami region, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia. Budget: 254,000 euros, of which the share of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland is around 80%, from the funds for the strengthening of cooperation in the Baltic Sea, Barents Sea and the Arctic regions. The project is also funded by the Finnish Heritage Agency and the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). Other partners include the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) and the Saami Council. The project is led by the Finnish Heritage Agency, while the Ministry for Education and Culture serves as the ministry responsible. 

Further information 

Project Website: www.aineetonkulttuuriperinto.fi/en/livind  

Elisa Kraatari 
Project Coordinator 
elisa.kraatari@museovirasto.fi 
+358 (0)295 33 6075 

Leena Marsio 
Senior Adviser 
leena.marsio@museovirasto.fi 
+358 (0)295 33 6017 

Partners in the LIVIND-project 

  • Finland: Finnish Heritage Agency, Finnish Local Heritage Federation, Association for Cultural Heritage Education in Finland   
  • Sweden: Institute for Language and Folklore  
  • Norway: Arts Council 
  • Denmark: The Royal Library / University of Copenhagen 
  • Iceland: Ministry of Education, Science and Culture 
  • Åland: Åland Museum  
  • Greenland: National Museum of Greenland 
  • Faroe Island: National Museum of Faroe Islands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture 
  • Estonia: Estonian Centre of Folk Culture, University of Tartu (UNESCO ICH Chair) 
  • Latvia: Latvian National Centre for Culture, Latvian Academy of Culture (UNESCO ICH Chair) 
  • Lithuania: Lithuanian National Culture Centre, Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO   
  • Poland: Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, National Heritage Board  
  • Russia: Kizhi State Open Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography, St Petersburg State University (Faculty of Law) 
  • Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDCP) 
  • Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) 
  • Saami Council