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Intangible cultural heritage

Traditions, knoweldge, craftsmanship techniques  
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Advisory committee
on intangible cultural heritage

To create the Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria, an Advisory Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage was set up when Austria ratified the Convention in 2009.

The Advisory Committee takes decisions using a criteria catalogue for the acceptance of the presented example of intangible cultural heritage in the National Inventories or in the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices by nominating components on national lists to international lists. Furthermore, the Advisory Committee can motivate NGOs to apply for accreditation as an advisory organisation at the intergovernmental committee.

Composition of the Advisory Committee :

  • Representaties from two federal ministeries
  • one representative from the culture departments of the nine federal states
  • twelve experts on the five areas of intangible cultural heritage set out in the Convention