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. What is intangible cultural heritage? Historical events that shape our culture.
Saga Museum.

Day 2
What is culture? The importance of traditions and customs in everyday life. The value of the culture.
Elf capital visit.

Day 3
Interlacing nature of cultural heritage. Similarities and differences of nature beings in Europe. Respect for nature.
Troll land visit.

Day 4
Folklore and its role in society. Reflection of nature in folklore. Storytelling or story reading? School visit and troll making workshop.

Day 5
Internationalisation of curriculum and the need to preserve cultural traditions, customs and believes. Does modern world diminish the cultural value of traditions and believes? Conflict or agreement?
Protecting cultural value of nature.

Course organiser
NGO Kaunas Biennial
Reykjavik, Iceland

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It was teh course called hidden in the open space in Iceland. Well-organized and lots of interesting topics.

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Very good. We really learned by doing and seeing and I can use the skills I learned with mys students i the trips.

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Der Kurs mit dem spannenden Titel "Hidden in the open space" hat meine Erwartungen sogar noch übertroffen. Im Ablauf der verschiedenen Tagesprogramme war er sehr gut aufgebaut. So konnten vielfältige Lernerfahrungen in den Bereichen Natur, Kultur, Geschichte, Sagen / Legenden sowie mit Beispielen für einen Transfer in die Moderne gemacht werden. Die verschiedenen Lernorte waren insprierend und der Besuch einer isländischen Schule gar ein Feuerwerk an Ideen mit Möglichkeiten für die Unterrichtsentwicklung. Der ganzheitliche Ansatz wurde hier von Beginn an verfolgt und konsequent umgesetzt. Eingebettet in den intensiven Austausch mit anderen europäischen Ländern war dies äußerst wertvoll und nachhaltig.

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Der Kurs war sehr gut organisiert und aufgebaut. Den Kursteilnehmern wurden vielfältige Lernerfahrungen ermöglicht. Das breitgefächerte Lernangebot umfasste die Themen Natur, Kultur, Geschichte, Sagen, Legenden, Identität und Unterrichtsentwicklung. Die Lernorte (in der Natur, im Museum, in einer isländischen Schule) waren inspirierend und die Trainer, Experten und Guides vor Ort waren sehr engagiert. Außerhalb von Seminarräumen haben wir in der freien Natur und an ausgewählten Lernorten die Kultur Islands mit allen Sinnen erfahren und erleben können. Der Austausch mit Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus anderen europäischen Ländern war sehr wertvoll und inspirierend.

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