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Intangible cultural heritage

Traditions, knoweldge, craftsmanship techniques  
Photo: © UNESCO/James Muriuki

National Inventory

Since Austria ratified the Convention, the Austrian Commission for UNESCO has been entrusted with creating a National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria. Thanks to their unique qualities, each listed tradition contributes to cultural diversity beyond the nation’s borders and conveys the richness of Austria’s living cultural heritage in an understandable manner.  
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Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

Slovenian Field and House Names in Carinthia

Slovenian Field and House Names in Carinthia

Slovenian-language field and house names that have come down to us today represent an important source when it comes to understanding the economic, social, and linguistic developments that have taken place in the Austrian province of Carinthia. Not insignificantly, they also attest to the deep anchoring of the Slovenian language and culture in Carinthia.
Carollers in Tyrol's Villgraten Valley (Inner and Outer Villgraten)

Carollers in Tyrol's Villgraten Valley (Inner and Outer Villgraten)

Every year between Christmas and Epiphany, a traditional form of carolling can be heard in the Villgraten Valley. For two days, groups dressed in costumes made specifically for the occasion go from house to house and sing traditional New Year’s carols.
"Schleicherlaufen" in Telfs

"Schleicherlaufen" in Telfs

Approximately 500 men participate actively in the “Telfer Schleicherlaufen“ tradition (an event with costumes and dance that centers around Shrove Tuesday); a number of chronicles report that many families have participated in this tradition for generations.
Nebenleitung - Association for Mutual Assistance in Fire Emergencies

Nebenleitung - Association for Mutual Assistance in Fire Emergencies

Nebenleistung – Association for Mutual Assistance in Fire Emergencies (Verein für gegenseitige Hilfeleistung bei Brandfällen “Nebenleistung”) is a self-help organisation in St. Oswald im Yspertal, Lower Austria that provides help after fires in the region in terms of work performed as well as in-kind and monetary assistance. Its short-form name is simply “Nebenleistung” [lit.: Ancillary Benefits].
Vereinigte zu Tamsweg

Vereinigte zu Tamsweg

Vereinigte zu Tamsweg [roughly: Union of Tamsweg], the oldest continually existing association of working men in and around the town of Tamsweg in Salzburg’s Lungau region, was founded by craftsmen from the area as a burial confraternity in 1738. To this day, its members are present at burial ceremonies, take part in church processions, and hold their annual week of festivities known as the "Vereinigtenoktav" between 1 January and the Saturday following Ash Wednesday.
The Viennese Dudler

The Viennese Dudler

The Viennese-style yodeling is an important element of the local musical culture. Tootling (German Dudeln) is an important element of the Viennese singing culture. Its origins go back to the beginning of the 19th century, when Tyrolean singers’ societies toured European cities to introduce the population to the tradition of yodeling.