Hidden in the Open Space (Iceland)

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Intangible cultural heritage in relation with nature

Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.
While fragile, intangible cultural heritage is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization. An understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities helps with intercultural dialogue, and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life.
The importance of intangible cultural heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next. The social and economic value of this transmission of knowledge is relevant for minority groups and for mainstream social groups.
eTwinning is an important component of the course work where participants share their daily learning ideas. It also serves as monitoring and dissemination tool.

Pre-register for the course to receive a letter of confirmation.
Prepare an article to describe cultural heritage elements from your country in relationship with the nature.
Familiarise yourself with the course materials.

- Understand the importance of intangible cultural heritage in the European context;
- Work in cooperation with other participants preserving the cultural heritage;
- Participate in the international and intercultural exchange.
- Develop a personal activity plan how to promote opportunities for children and young people to experience culture.

After the course participants will reflect on the gained knowledge and its application in their own educational environment. They will complete a report to be sent to their national agency and the course organiser. The trainers will provide support for collaboration between participants encouraging them to initiate eTwinning projects, help to find partners and participate in online courses developing their knowledge of media tools.


Day 1
Introduction. Implementing cultural heritage in education. Current situation, appoach and methods in Europe.

Day 2
Internationalisation of curriculum and the need to preserve cultural traditions, customs and believes. Conflict or agreement? School of Elves.

Day 3
Interlacing nature of cultural heritage. Similarities and differences of nature beings in Europe. In search for hidden people.

Day 4
Importance of intangible cultural heritage and its connection with nature. Troll land.

Day 5
Commercial use and popular presentation of cultural heritage. Does modern world diminish the cultural value of traditions and believes?
Protecting cultural value of nature.

Course organiser
NGO Kaunas Biennial
Reykjavik, Iceland

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Upcoming sessions

20.06.2022 > 24.06.2022
27.06.2022 > 01.07.2022

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