Intangible Cultural Heritage
Intangible or spiritual culture heritage includes the traditional artistic creativity of a community, through values that are transmitted orally or by other means, which essentially reflect the culture and identity of its members. Spiritual heritage values are created in close connection with the material and ethnographic heritage of the inhabitants, as well as in unity with the landscape and the geographical environment that surrounds them. For this reason, the spiritual heritage becomes the most prominent representative of the cultural identity of the people through music, dance, costumes, musical instruments, traditional means of living, etc.
The main typologies of spiritual heritage.
The forms of the main typology of spiritual heritage include: practices, appearances, expressions, knowledge and know-how, as well as tools, objects, works of art and the cultural spaces that accompany them.
Types of spiritual heritage.
In the types of intangible culture heritage, referred to the UNESCO Convention on Spiritual Heritage, 2003, are classified: oral traditions and expressions, including language as a transmitter of intangible cultural heritage, various performing arts , social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices related to nature and the universe, knowledge related to traditional handicrafts.
November 25th, 2005 is an important historical day for the entire culture heritage of Albanians, but also for Albania itself. On this day, the Albanian Isopolyphony was accepted in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral Heritage of Humanity, protected by UNESCO.