20 years of UNESCO Convention

Celebration: twenty years of the Convention!


In 2023 the twentieth anniversary of the UNESCO convention on intangible cultural heritage will be celebrated worldwide. UNESCO has already launched a campaign and invites everyone to contribute to making intangible cultural heritage even more visible. On the UNESCO website for intangible cultural heritage you can see what festivities are being organised in other countries. Click here.

The Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage also uses the twentieth anniversary as an opportunity for various activities and projects.

Wiki Loves Living Heritage


The projects of the international campaign Wiki Loves Living Heritage are used to enhance the visibility and sharing of intangible cultural heritage. With the aim of promoting awareness of the importance of intangible cultural heritage and the importance of documenting it, both online and on the spot. This contributes to safeguarding living heritage worldwide. In collaboration with Wikimedia Netherlands, we are exploring ways to make intangible cultural heritage more visible in the Netherlands. Keep an eye on our website for activities we will organise in this context.

Open Monuments Day 2023


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention, the theme of the Friends' Lottery Open Monument Day is 'Living Heritage'. So, not only do you, as a visitor, visit amazing monuments, but you also get to know intangible cultural heritage and its practitioners.

This year, the weekend of Open Monuments Day will have an extra festive start with a grand opening on Friday evening September 8, in Zwolle. Young and old will take part in the programme, which is part of the ‘Hanze-achtdaagse’.

The public opening thus symbolises the passing on of heritage from generation to generation. Keep an eye on the website of ‘Open Monumentendag’ for more information about the programme of the opening and the weekend.

This edition of Open Monuments Day is a collaboration between Nederland Monumentenland and the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage. Open Monuments Day is related to the European Heritage Days.

Intangible cultural heritage in the Dutch Open Air Museum

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Once again this year, the Dutch Open Air Museum and the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage are joining forces. Five intangible cultural heritage groups with a varied range have been invited to present themselves one day at the museum. Wondering who you can meet this year? Click here.

ICH days


Not twice, but four times, KIEN will organise ICH days in 2023. Spread over the year, we will organise four meetings and two of those will focus on a specific domain. This year they are performing arts and traditional craftsmanship/crafts. The other two meetings focus on skills useful in safeguarding and policy around laws and regulations, respectively. Don't want to miss anything? Then keep an eye on this page for registration possibilities and programmes.


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