Living cultural heritage is that cultural heritage that communities practice and constantly recreate.
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Mitigating the effects of the pandemic on living heritage

Bosnia and Herzegovina
USOFFTU u BiH/ CIOFF® National Section of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first condition for protection against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is to keep a physical distance from other people. This directly threatens the survival of living culture, its practice, re-creation and sharing.

Members of this organization have found a way to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on certain forms of living heritage, such as singing and dancing. Examples of this are the separation of the singing group from the community, into isolated uninhabited areas for the practice of traditional singing. Other examples are learning to sing, play and dance remotely via digital platforms.

This association used the time of the pandemic to realize projects that had been started but for which we did not have enough time before.

The first project, an exhibition of traditional musical instruments in BiH, was initiated by our youth section and is part of the International CIOFF® project. The young people completed collecting data on musical instruments, taking photos and recording sound that can be read via a QR code. With the help of the Društvo za DTKB, also a member of CIOFF BiH, they processed the data and set up an exhibition. The exhibition can be seen here

The second project is the digitization of elements of living heritage practiced at CIOFF® folklore festivals. CIOFF® has built a system of reporting on folklore festivals, their organizers and folklore groups that perform at these festivals. But the contents shown at these festivals, elements of cultural heritage, remain invisible. The task of this project, a joint project of the CIOFF® section of BiH and the Društvo za DTKB (Society for Digitization of Traditional Cultural Heritage) is to make the contents presented at folklore festivals visible and accessible.

In addition to dancing, music and singing, traditional crafts and arts, traditional foods, skills, sports and oral heritage are practiced at CIOFF® festivals. We used the time of the pandemic, when we were unable to do our usual jobs, to build the platform and set up the first sample data we collected last year at our three festivals.

The data will soon be visible on this site.

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