How Was Circus Culture Accepted in to the National Inventory of Living Heritage in Finland? - CircusTalk

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How Was Circus Culture Accepted in to the National Inventory of Living Heritage in Finland?

Finland is the third country in Europe, where circus has been accepted in to the National Inventory of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. CircusInfo Finland presented the case together with Finland’s largest classical circus, Sirkus Finlandia, at the circus organisations’ conference during the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival on January 19th, 2018. The two Finnish organisations shared their experience of the project with the circuses gathered at the meetings of the Federation Mondiale du Cirque and the European Circus Association.
Executive director Zsuzsanna Mata of FMC, Maria Jernström and director Carl Jernström Jr of Sirkus Finlandia & Johanna Mäkelä receiving the diploma of the Finnish National Inventory. Photo: Kari Nieminen The convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted by UNESCO in 2003. It includes creating an inventory of intangible cultural heritage at the national and international levels. Performing arts are included in the convention among many other forms of immaterial culture. (Note: Intangible cultural heritage is defined here as the living heritage which is present in people’s everyday lives, encompassing all forms of human activity. For example, it can be knowledge an...
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