Safeguarding of
Intangible Cultural Heritage
through Learning

The objective of the project Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage through Learning (SICHtL) is to learn about intangible cultural heritage (ICH) from each other. We do this as we visit the other regions and participate in our jointly planned travel programs. Our main focus is transmission, methods of sharing traditional knowledge with new people.

Partners of the project are:

SICHtL is funded through the NordPlus Adult program. The project plan and timetable reflects a post-pandemic reality. 

Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage through Learning,

The project

SICHtL consists of three study visits, one to each partnering country. Two study visits have been undertaken, to Finland in March 2022 and to Latvia in April 2022. Our final study visit is planned for Norway in September 2022. 

During the study visits, we experience living traditions and document ecxamples of how transmission of knowledge can be facilitated. These examples will be processed by the administration as a form of developement work. In the future, the finnished material will be presented on this site. 

The photo depicts participants and administration hiking along an art trail in Vadvang, Norway and learning about local history. 

Project Photos

  • Traditional building

    Discovering methods for safeguarding traditional building skills at the Renovation Center in Kuldīga Latvia.

  • Rowing traditional boats

    We had a fabuous time trying to figure out how to row around the harbor area together with Romstal kystelag, part of the Coastal federation of Norway. 

  • On the ice

    The nature and climate vary greatly between our locations. In Ostrobothnia, Finland, the ice was solid during our visit!

  • Making cheese

    Traditional Ostrobothnian bread cheese setting by the fire in Stundars open air museum, Finland. Yum!

  • Experiencing nature

    Enjoying the magnific views by the shore on island Gossen, Norway.

  • How to display Handicraft

    Experiencing engaging handicraft exhibition at Kuldiga District Museum, Latvia.

  • Traditional dress

    Demonstration of traditional garnments at Suiti Cultural Center, Alsunga Lativa. 

  • Meeting likeminded

    The participants from Norway are all members of the Norwegian league of Rural women and experts on food traditions, here together with staff from Stundars open air museum in Ostrobothnia, Finland. 

  • Coastal traditions

    On our way to former fishing community on Norwegian island Bjørnsund, where we experienced how coastal traditions are taught. 

  • Catching crab

    Experiencing traditional ways of life also means various livelihoods. At former Noewegian fishing village Bjørnsund, we tried crab fishing.

  • #tradition_travellers

    The participants from Ostrobothnia, Finland enjoying the cleaverly branded view in Alsunga, Latvia. 

  • Building an exhibition

    We had the chance to visit a new museum exhibition under construction in Kuldīga, Latvia.

  • Visiting our friends

    What a difference it makes to actually have visited eachothere! Here: the restauration center in Kuldīga, Latvia where the Culture Projects Coordination Centre is situated. 

  • Different systems

    We have encountered systems for learning traditional knowledge. Here: the ceramics workshop at the Alma institute in Vaasa, Finland, an institute for adult non-vocational education.

  • Enjoying lovely local food

    The hosts have made sure that we have experienced splendid local and traditional food during our study visits. Here, dinner at Norwegian island Gossen.

  • Traditional patterns on display

    Finding inspiration through lovely patterns and cleaver displays av the Regional Museum in Kuldīga, Latvia.

  • Trailing

    At Vevang, Norway the participants walked the cultural trail, - a built-up path through hilly terrain at a coastal fort from World War 2. The “Steinløftet Foundation” has worked on the trail from autumn 2020. The cultural trail contains wooden art figures, literary texts on stones and cultural history from the war. The trail helps to talk about art and the local the stories of the war so that they are not forgotten.

  • Practical knowledge

    We have received information of different ways to enable traditional knowledge. Here: the weaving workshop at Alma Institute, Vaasa, Finland.

  • Learning from the neighbors

    Meeting engaged and knowledgeable people is simply inspireing. Here: Anna Nordström presents her project for recontextualizing the use of traditional ribbons from Ostrobothnia, Finland. 

  • Enjoying the scenery

    What a treat to go for a evening walk along the shore in Molde, Norway.

  • Traditional baking

    Visitors from Finland and Norway ready to learn about traditional pastries in Suiti Cultural Center, Alsunga Latvia.

  • Historical venues

    We have had the chance to discover such interesting venues, such as the basement restaurant in Jaunpils castle, Latvia. 

  • Making friends

    The gang by the shore on Norwegian island Gossen.

  • Doing something practical

    We got to parttake in various workshop, to do parctical things together. Such a nice way to lean into traditional culture. Here: the results of a workshop on traditional wedding flowers from Ostrobothnia made of paper. 

  • Catching fish

    We've got dinner! A nice cod caught while trying out traditional net fishing at Bjørnsund, Norway. 

  • Finding inspiration

    Hearing more of the vast activities at Jaunpils Craft House, Latvia.

  • Leaning into spring

    We hit Ostrobothnia, Finland just as the snow seriously started to melt. Still piles of snow outside Stundars open air museum though.

  • Presenting your tradition

    Learning more at Suiti Cultural Center, Alsunga Latvia.

  • Having good coffe breaks!

    Here, we are enjoying the results of a food workshop. We made "lefser", traditional Norwegian flat bread, and they were very good together with coffee.

  • Snow and ice traditions

    Exploring coastal traditions through a shoreside walk, partly on the ice at Replot, Finland.

  • Fascinating handicraft

    During our study visits we have encountered so much inspiering handicraft! Here: wowen ribbons at Handicraft House Loftet, Ostrobothnia Finland.

  • Discovering the unexpected

    We have made lots of new experiences, such as staying at Jaunpils castle hotel, Latvia. 

  • Unique experiences

    Local hosts planned programs to reflect living heritage and created unique study visits. We feel we could not have had such inspiring experiences throgh any other kind of visit. Here: the group at the hightest point of Norra Bjørnsund after an amazing study visit at the school camp on the island. 

  • Workshop results

    Trying our the traditional bread and cheese we made at museum Stundars, Ostrobothnia Finland. 

  • Traditional ways of life

    Learning more at Løvikremma coastal museum in Gossen, Norway.

  • Make an impression

    Discovering methods of showcasing living traditions in Kuldīga Regional Museum, Latvia.

  • Weaving ribbons

    Trying out paper looms to weave ribbons in Jaunpils Craft House, Latvia.

  • Local livelihood

    Participants and administration learning more about living traditions in the Ostrobothnian archipellago during a glorious winter day in Finland. 

  • Seeing the landmarks

    During our travels, the local hoasts have made sure we have experienced the sites. Here: break at Atlanterhavsveien, Norway. 

  • Getting out and about

    The group is getting instruction as we arrive to Stundars museum, Ostrobothnia, Finland.

  • Learning from the experts

    We got so many new insights during our study visit. Here, on a guided tour through Old Town Kuldīga together with the experts on built heritage from Culture Projects Coordination Centre.

  • Specialized knowledge

    The programs during our study visits have given us experiences we feel we would not have been able to be part of otherwise. Here: netfishing in Norway.

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