Institute for Intangible Cultural Heritage (Somut Olmayan Kültürel Miras Derneği)
As it is stated in the second article of Regulations of the Institute, we are determined to research and conduct training activities within the context of oral traditions and expressions, preforming arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, traditional craftsmanship which are described in the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and also other cultural conventions of UNESCO.
To explain it inclusively, the Institute aims to contribute to the idea of safeguarding cultural heritage by sustaining it within the context of The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
We seek to contribute to processes of safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in national and international levels, possess the experience of transforming the aims and spirit of the Convention into action, collaborate for experience sharing and heritage management and eventually get involved in the implementation process of the Convention in Turkey.
We aspire to carry out researches on safeguarding and transmission of cultural heritage, organizing seminars and
training programs, establish an archive and share materials with public by the help of publications, organize applied activities as part of sustainability, develop projects in cooperation with national and international associations, foundations and institutes which are academic and focus on culture such as universities, ICH museums and Turkish Folklore Research and Application Centers as we did since our foundation.
Moreover, the Institute aims to provide civil and academic consultancy for the files presented on behalf of Turkey for the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and encourage active participation of civil society in the policies of safeguarding of cultural heritage and the implementation process of policies.
Year of accreditation: 2018
Main domain(s) of the ngo’s activities: oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, traditional craftsmanship.
Main country where the NGO works: Turkey