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Intangible Cultural Heritage

Albania’s cultural heritage is more than its vast physical heritage of castle, archaeological ruins, museum and remote monuments. It is about people and their practices, representations, expressions, as well as the knowledge and skills (including instruments, objects, artifacts, cultural spaces).

Spread through generations and constantly recreated, Albanian Intangible Cultural Heritage not only ensures Albanians with a sense of identity, but it has the potential to become one of the main motivations for travel and tourism in the country.

The project aims to take a new step into the second pillar of cultural heritage, aiming to support the country’s application to UNESCO of four national ICH elements:

  1. Transhumance (Verimi), the seasonal movement of livestock and shepherds from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle.
  2. Jublet (Xhubleta) a unique bell-shaped folk skirt, worn by Albanian women in the north and known for its unique way of making, structure and traditional decorating style.
  3. Songs of Frontier Warriors (Eposi i Kreshnikëve), the north Albanian epos sung to this day by elderly Albanian men playing lahuta, a one-stringed instrument.
  4. Tropoja’s folk dance – (Kcimi i Tropojës), an ancient folk dance, characteristic of Tropoja, an area in the north of Albania. It is known for its expressive moves, and unique choreography.

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  • 11.23.2020

    The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to support the Albanian application to UNESCO of the four elements of intangible cultural heritage

    The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to support the Albanian application to UNESCO of the four elements of intangible cultural heritage

    On November 23, 2020, in Razëm, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between AADF and the Ministry of Culture to support the Albania’s application of four intangible cultural heritage elements to be included into the UNESCO’s “Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanities”.

    Through this Memorandum of Understanding, AADF will financially support national and international groups of experts who will conduct research and prepare the application of the four Albanian intangible cultural heritage elements listed as the following:

    1 Xhubleta, (Djubleta) – as a unique technology and remaking of handicrafts and the forms of its use, located in northern Albania.

    2 K’cimi i bjeshkës me tupan i Tropojës, (Tropoja’s folk dance choreographic folklore) – as a typology of the Albanian national spiritual heritage;

    3 Eposi i Kreshnikëve, (Songs of Frontier Warriors) – the north Albanian epos sung to this day by elderly Albanian men playing lahuta, a one-stringed instrument. The epic songs in this epos are literary reflections on the struggles of historical or legendary heroes of the past.

    4 Verimi (Transhumance) – the seasonal movement of livestock and shepherds from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle. It’s an economic activity and it involves shared rituals and social practices, shaping relations among people, animals and ecosystems.

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