Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage of Serbia

The Center for the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Serbia was inaugurated at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade on June 20, 2012. The Center has based its activities upon the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage adopted in 2003. (The Assembly of the Republic of Serbia ratified the Convention in May 2010.)

In a very dynamic period of social and economic changes in the world, traditional and local cultures are subjected to disappearance or transformation beyond recognition of original motifs. It is precisely for this reason that the task of the Centre involves research, cataloging, processing, storage and presentation of the intangible cultural heritage in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, but also the assistance to local communities in identification, evaluation, practice, and transfer of their own cultural heritage to future generations. The goal of the Center is better status achievement and inclusion of the intangible cultural heritage as an important resource within the project in the field of social and economic development. For the purpose of more effective work on preserving the intangible cultural heritage, the Center will conduct extensive training and work with other institutions, associations, organizations, and individuals at home and abroad (the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the National Commission for UNESCO, etc.).

The National Registry of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Serbia

The management of the National Inventory of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and all the relevant documents in electronic, paper, video, and audio file formats constitute one of the most important activities of the Center for the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

At the moment, the National Inventory of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Serbia contains contains 34 elements inscribed on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Elements, adopted by the National Committee for the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Inscription on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Nominations for inscription on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage may be submitted by local communities, institutions, appropriate non-governmental organizations, or individuals able to document the proposals with the relevant supporting documents.

A nomination package should include a completed nomination form, the opinion of the professional institutions (museums, archives, institutes, etc.) or experts in a given field of the intangible cultural heritage, as well as the consent of the holders of the element.

A notarized nomination form with the attached expert opinion and consents of the holders of the element shall be submitted to regional coordinators responsible for a given territory, who keep basic records of the nominations and forward them to the Center for the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Ethnographic Museum.

Each year, the National Committee for the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Serbia sets deadlines for submission of nominations for inscription on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.