What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?

Intangible cultural heritage refers to the knowledge, skills, and practices that are passed down from generation to generation and hold significance for a community. They provide individuals with a sense of belonging and continuity and foster their creativity. Intangible cultural heritage can be something local, specific to a particular place or land, such as the polyphonic singing with "ē" in the Suiti region or the tradition of song and dance festivals. It can also be widespread, such as mushroom picking or lullaby singing.

What Is the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and Why is it Made?

The National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage includes elements (values) of intangible cultural heritage that are recognized as nationally safeguarded cultural heritage, with the broad support and participation of the respective community whenever possible. The National List's purpose is to preserve intangible cultural heritage, particularly to strengthen its values, promote its visibility, and educate society about it.

Who decides whether a value is included in the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage?

The decision on whether or not to include a value in ICH is made by The Intangible Cultural Heritage Councilwhose composition is determined by ICH Law.

How do I Submit a New Value to the ICH List?

To apply for a new value to be included in the ICH list, the first step is to register on the ICH website through Latvija.lv. Then, the application form must be completed, including all the necessary attachments. After that, follow the instruction.