Benefitting country(ies): Albania
To be implemented by the Ministry of Culture, the proposed 26-month project is aimed at carrying out a community-based inventory of intangible cultural heritage in Albania, with a view to drawing up tailored action plans for its safeguarding and transmission to future generations. Though considerable efforts have already been undertaken to safeguard living heritage in Albania, a thorough national inventory of intangible cultural heritage including communities is yet to be compiled. To address this situation, the proposed project involves drawing up an inventorying methodology and initiating inventorying work in three selected districts of Albania. As a first step, a tailored methodology will be compiled through a scheme of training and workshops; secondly, living heritage elements in the selected regions will be inventoried, including those of five ethno-linguistic minorities. Specifically, the project aims at: creating a mechanism to better involve communities in the safeguarding process; improving and expanding upon the limited national inventory in the selected regions; and strengthening the transmission of living heritage-related knowledge and skills in the three regions. The communities and bearers will be the focus of the project, which distinguishes it from previous inventory-making activities undertaken in the country, and the project is expected to lead to the compilation of a complete national inventory by the end of 2022.