June 2018 - December 2021
Role: Project Partner
This research has been co-financed by the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code: T1EDK-03060).
Objective: To create an online community-based Intangible Cultural Heritage platform to collect, record, organise and classify personal testimonies about the past, as well as other ICH elements. This material can then be presented through geo-located stories and images. The pilot implementation focuses on the modern history of Rhodes and its ICH. This platform will be valuable to visitors interested in local culture, but will also provide the basis for further historical and social research while helping to disseminate its results.
Intangible Cultural Heritage is the set of oral traditions and expressions such as fairy tales, stories, arts, social practices, rituals and celebrations, events, knowledge and practices related to nature and the universe, traditional medicine, folk astronomy and traditional crafts. Additionally, Intangible Cultural Heritage includes special knowledge or personal experiences related to important historical events or cultural activities that have shaped the historical and local identity.
The preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage is more relevant today than ever. According to the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Commonwealth of Independent States, adopted on October 17, 2003, nations are committed to developing inventories and working with local communities, groups, and individuals to "preserve" these traditions. The Convention calls on nations and communities to develop action plans for the preservation of culture.
InCulture website: http://www.inculture-project.gr/