LAND OF LEGENDS IN UNESCO’S REGISTER

29 November 2018 by Mikael Thomasson. Nyheter

Today, at UNESCO’s ongoing committee meeting in Mauritius, Land of Legends has received the gratifying decision that we have been adopted into UNESCO’s Register of Good Safeguarding Practices, under UNESCO’s Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, on how to work to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage, in our case the tradition of oral storytelling. Land of Legends is the first Swedish nomination within the framework of the Convention, and the 20th example in the world on this Register.

LAND OF LEGENDS IN UNESCO’S REGISTER

Today, at UNESCO’s ongoing committee meeting in Mauritius, Land of Legends has received the gratifying decision that we have been adopted into UNESCO’s Register of Good Safeguarding Practices, under UNESCO’s Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, on how to work to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage, in our case the tradition of oral storytelling. Land of Legends is the first Swedish nomination within the framework of the Convention, and the 20th example in the world on this Register.

Besides accepting the Land of Legends to the Register, it was also stated that the application was exemplary and a good example on how files should be written.

The Register, which highlights role models around the world, shows a great variety both concerning geography and content. Included in the Register, one can find fabric-making from Uzbekistan, Fandango from Brazil, as well as boat building traditions from Norway – and now also oral storytelling from Sweden. Storytelling is present as part of other representative projects in the Register, but our wholehearted focus on oral storytelling offers a new and important contribution.   

Per Gustavsson, the founder and chair of the Storytelling Network of Kronoberg, states, “During the early 1980’s, when we started the work on bringing life to the storytelling tradition around Ljungby, I could not in my wildest imagination believe that we would become an example to the whole world regarding how the oral storytelling tradition – its’ folktales and legends – can be safeguarded and developed. Still, I have a hard time understanding the breadth of it. I would like to thank everyone who, with great creativity, commitment and patience has made this possible. I would also like to thank the municipalities of the Land of Legends, the region of Kronoberg, the County Board, the State and everyone else who has supported us through the years. It is a great trust given to us by UNESCO, but I am convinced that we can meet the expectations due to our committed members and an extraordinarily competent and dedicated crew.”

The director of Land of Legends, Meg Nömgård, who is currently in Mauritius, expresses her joy of the decision.

“We have received such a positive response. Many countries have made contact with us and want to know how we work. We have received several inquiries of visits and future international joint projects. We look forward to sharing our methods and to learning from others. We are constantly developing our organization, and an increased cooperation with UNESCO will be rewarding to us, but also for everyone who, in one way or another, contributes to Land of Legends. We look forward to welcoming the world to Land of Legends!”

More information:

Unesco:
unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is the UN’s organization to create peace through increased cooperation between member states within education, science, culture and communication/information.
https://www.unesco.se/om-oss/unesco/
https://ich.unesco.org

Land of Legends
Land of Legends is the name of the Non-Governmental Organization that is run by the Storytelling Network of Kronoberg. Within Land of Legends is the Museum of Legends, The Storytelling Festival of Ljungby and the Legendary Places in the municipalities of Ljungby, Älmhult and Alvesta.
www.sagobygden.se

Intangible Cultural Heritage
At all times, and in all generations, humans of all cultures have sung, danced, played, and told stories. These traditions are part of our intangible cultural heritage.
https://www.sprakochfolkminnen.se/om-oss/levande-traditioner---immaterie...

Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Unesco adopted this convention in 2003, and Sweden ratified it in 2011. The responsibility for the convention is at the Institute for Language and Folklore
www.unesco.se/kultur/unescos-konvention-om-det-immateriella-kulturarvet/
https://ich.unesco.org/

Contact
Meg Nömgård, meg.nomgard@sagobygden.se - Director of Land of Legends
Per Gustavsson, per.gustavsson@telia.com, 070-631 30 93, Chair of The Storytelling Network of Kronoberg
Lotta Welmsö, lotta.welmso@sagobygden.se - Communicator

 

Mikael Thomasson

29 November 2018, 22.01

Mikael Thomasson

mikael.thomasson@sagobygden.se

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