Hidden in the Open Space

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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.
UNESCO

Preparation
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.

Objectives
- 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.

Follow-up
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.

Programme:

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
Location
Reykjavik, Iceland


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Upcoming sessions

05.04.2019 > 09.04.2019 (Confirmed)
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Attended 23.04.2018 - 27.04.2018

This course has been outstanding! It has been such a privilege to meet our inspiring and knowledgeable course leader Rita and learn about cultural heritage and the importance of safeguarding it. The course has been insightful on both a professional and personal level. To learn about cultural heritage in such a practical and engaging way has really enabled me to develop a good understanding of what is it and the importance of it. Meeting the Icelandic people on the course and exploring the wonderful Icelandic natural world has given me a clear understanding of their culture and the respect they have for nature. The discussions with Rita and the group have been so informative too and have clarified my understanding and enabled me to reflect on what has been experienced. Through learning about cultural heritage in theory and seeing it practically in Iceland, I can clearly see the importance of developing the children's understanding of their own culture and the impact that this can have. The course has given me ideas, both small and large, to develop what has been taught further. Next steps will involve helping the children to learn about their own culture, storytelling and developing a greater respect for nature. From a personal point, I have developed a great friendship with an amazing group of people and had time to reflect on different ways of life. Thank you Rita for organising such a brilliant course.

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Attended 23.04.2018 - 27.04.2018

A heartfelt thank you everyone; Rita, Christelle, Eleonora, Paula,Kate and my flatmate Bina. You are in my heart and memories. This week in preparation was full of challenges and anxiety. From the moment I landed Iceland has welcomed me and made my time genuinely exquisite. I feel our group bonded over ‘cream tea ‘ and we became a family. Each day brought greater insight, inspiration and understanding. The sheer magnificence, power and uniqueness of this country is something I am still digesting. The people are so strong, content and firm in their cultural heritage and respect of nature that it beggars belief we have not maintained ours. Being here in Iceland I feel privy to their knowledge and am deeply honoured to have been part of this exceptional journey. The fact I actually met these marvellous, inspirational people; Vesturbaejarskoli staff & children, Sigurbjorg Karlsdottir, Bjarni Haroarson, Pall Guomundsson, Steiner Berg , Marten our guide, Eleonora, Christelle and the finally the fantastic Rita has been life changing. Despite sounding dramatic, it is genuinely true. We have experienced, shared and discussed intimate information, thoughts, feelings and literally bared our souls. The fact that this course was not conference style (academia based) but involved actually meeting real people, experiencing real culture and sharing reflections openly and honestly has made this project successful. I am excited with this new found insightfulness and am eager to implement this acquired knowledge. Thank you Iceland for opening my eyes, mind and soul.

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Attended 23.04.2018 - 27.04.2018

Our discussions among us teachers, whether primary or secondary, are kind of « reassuring » : we are facing mostly the same problems, but we are all sort of « cheered up » by this week, ready to come back in our schools with enthusiastic projects. Thank you Rita for this well thought program, combining so perfectly culture and nature, which was exactly what I was looking for as a philosophy teacher ! I learned about cultural elements I will be able to re-use in my classroom in order to show my pupils how protection of nature is a cultural issue, a question of beliefs. These beliefs are not to be seen only in a negative way, in a rational way, but they are actually the basis of our values / moral landsmarks... A French philosopher (J.P. Dupuy) used to say that the problem of our societies is that we know about the ecological crisis and the catastrophic changes we are facing, but we do not believe in it... I’m therefore very happy with this Erasmus training, which allowed me to meet inspiring people, including everybody in my group. I wish we could have more time to exchange together, but the week has passed so quickly that we have to be very satisfied with everything we experienced ! This week was all in all : fresh air (all points of view…sometimes really fresh though !), cultural inputs, kind and rich relationships, eruption of beauty for the eyes, awareness of ourselves…so rich ! Thanks again, Rita ! Thank you too, guys of my group ! Working with you was so delightful !

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Attended 23.04.2018 - 27.04.2018

Firstly, I’d like to say thank you to Rita for organising this wonderful course. Thank you to Rita, Christelle, Eleanora, Kate, Moomtaz and Bina for sharing this experience with me. It has been eye opening and awe inspiring on many levels. Firstly, for the new friendships and deepening of existing professional relationships where we have had the time and space to get to know each other better. It doesn’t matter where you are from, you can always find experiences in common. Secondly, I have learnt so much about Icelandic history and culture, which in turn has made me reflect on my own. It has been really interesting to learn about, and see first hand, the link between nature and cultural heritage in Iceland. I have so many ideas to take back to my school in England in order to teach the children about English cultural heritage. I Intend to begin by developing the children’s oral storytelling skills and teaching them about the this tradition. The experience has also opened my mind more to the possibilities of those things that you cannot always see or touch. The experience of meeting people who spoke openly about hidden creatures and the impact on the lives of the communities has been truly magical. Lastly, it didn’t take long to fall head over heels in love with Iceland. The people, the landscape and the stories have made this week one that I will never forget.

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Attended 23.04.2018 - 27.04.2018

This magnificent course taught me that if you understand your own culture, folklore and natural surroundings, you will succeed in making other people value those. By valueing them, it will help people to care for them. And if you care for something you will immediately enjoy it and will be eager to learn even more about it. This is where school comes in. Since more and more families get out of touch with folklore and nature, it is up to schools and up to every single teacher to create the means to step into the awareness of natural culture. Start international projects! Start involving students and their parents as well! And soon they will re-know about their own culture as they will be confronted with a different one. Therefore, share your story, enrich the lives of others and discover diversity to help preserving cultural heritage! Iceland made me realize that we need to listen to the music and the stories of stones, water, plants and trees so we don't miss the gifts of Earth but start acknowledging them. It was a privilege to attend this course. Thank you Rita! Thank you Iceland!

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Attended 23.04.2018 - 27.04.2018

Thank you Rita for an awesome experience I have had. This international project has given me an opportunity not only to reflect on my self but to to respect other cultures and beliefs around me. Even though I live in a multicultural society it is easy to get caught up in the life and surroundings of day to day life that I live in. I am my self to blame for this as you pointed out today it is important to keep tradition alive. Throughout this whole week Iceland has given me this opportunity to reconnect with my self once more. I will take back all the stories and folklore stories that I have heard and first implement this in my own home, implement and drip feed slowly in my other surroundings. I am optimistic that sharing cultural heritage will help to enrich the lives of others through diversity. It has been a pleasure working with you Rita, along with Christelle, Eleonora and my colleagues Moomtaz, Kate and Paula. I do hope I have the opportunity to be able to work with you in the future!

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Attended 18.04.2016 - 22.04.2016

Excellent, very well organized course involved in the local environment and traditions. It offers a reflection on integration of internationalization in the local tradition and maintaining a balance between them.

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Attended 17.04.2017 - 20.04.2017

Cultural and natural heritage, or more simple, the surroundings we are living in and the ordinary life, contains a lot of meanings for individuals themselves and their communities. We are not unanimous about everything. Sharing and experiencing with other people from different cultural surroundings makes our global life, hopefully, more understandable and tolerant. Great experience this five days. Days were full of stories and we did not miss the beautiful and fascinating landscape of Iceland and its peculiar people! The recomendation of the organizator for accomodation in guesthouse was very good!

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Attended 17.04.2017 - 20.04.2017

I very liked the project of the intangible cultural heritage. In the past, people used to belive and feel the nature differently. Unusual shapes in nature(sometimes, rosembling images of the real world), which were formed by water, fire and air were felt differently, seen differently, listened to more subtly and undeirstood in their own way. Here in Iceland I have realised that the people different belives finds beckground in the natural beauty.

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Attended 17.04.2017 - 20.04.2017

I have learnted how much the old beliefs (Elves, Trolls..) influence the present life much more than other countries more christianized . To know the educational project of the school that we have visited today has been a very good and learning experience that I am going to explain to my colleagues so I thing their project can inspire changes in our school.

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Attended 17.04.2017 - 20.04.2017

I am very glad that I have attended this course since I am an anthropologist and an environmental and science teacher. My first impression of the astonishing nature was fascinating. I am very happy to get the background of the intangible cultural heritage: the folklore stories, myths about elves, hidden people and trolls and the natural background of them. It all had connected together very well: the cultural and natural heritage. Reykjavik is a very colourful city, and I liked it a lot, Icelanders are very special people, that was seen in the school we visited – they were very polite, smiling, full of positive energy – a really great example and the epilogue of the course week.

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NGO Kaunas Biennial
NGO Kaunas Biennial
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