Institutions, organizations, contacts

National institutions

Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Norway to UNESCO
Maison de l’UNESCO
1 rue Miollis
75732 Paris Cedex 15

Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO
Ministry of Education and Research
Postboks 8119 Dep
No-0032 Oslo
Norway; (Vice PT); (SG)

UNESCO’s contacts

UNESCO headquarters (ICH Section)
Regional officer:
Scepi, Giovanni (

Accredited NGOs located in this country

Name, address and sourceActivities related to ICH
Norsk Handverksutvikling
Norwegian Crafts Development - NHU
Maihaugveien 1
Tel.: +47 61 05 76 00

Accreditation request No. 90022: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1988

- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main countries where active:

Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

To protect, preserve, pass on and develop crafts as skills and knowledge, as expression and as a profession. NHUs aims to maintain and strenghthen crafts that are concidered to be rare and worthy of protection.
1- Register of Craftsmen:
Since 1987 the NHU has been responsible fDr a national Register of craftsmen/women. Today the register of Norwegian Craftsmen/women is searchable on the web. It provides craftsmen and craftswomen with an excellent marketing channel and gives documentation of their activities/skills. The register secures historical important information about craftsmen/women.
2- Projects Concerning the transfer and documentation of crafts skills and knowledge:
Through a large number of projects we ensure that tradistional crafts are passed on. A particular emphasis is given to protecting crafts skills and knowledge which are in danger of dissapearing. NHU has developed a spesific competence building model to pass on actionborne knowledge. The model is based on the traditional master/apprentice relationship, where a master is responsible for training an apprentice. In the work we also have a person who is responsible for documentation to ensure that the craft skills
are documented for the future. NHU is also resopnsible for a number of projects outside Norway.
3- Secreteriat for rare and protected Crafts:
The main task of the secretariat for rare and Protected Crafts is to maintain, strenghthen and pass on crafts which lead to an apprenticeship sertificat. Finding enterprises which can provide teaching can be particularly challenging for crafts with few or old practiconers.
4- Craft scholarships:
NHU organize a tree years scholarsip scheme for craftsmen. The scholarship provides a possibility for in-depth training for professionals above the crafts and apprentice certificate level.
One of the main tasks of NHU is cooperation and identifying practiconers of commmunities, groups and intangible heritage practiconers within a wide variety of endangered crafts. NHU has a policy of taking both male and female traditions into consideration and is at present looking into the possibility of identifying and strengthen crafts within traditional ethnic minorities. Through the whole history of NHU working with local communities and practiconers from the whole country has been the policy. Thus projects have been focused on both the coastal culture, the farming culture and the urban culture. Projects have been focused on activities connected with traditional activities in the nature (both inland and coastal) and a wide range of traditional handicraft.
Stiftelsen Râdet for folkemusikk og folkedans
Foundation Norwegian Council for Traditional Music and Traditional Dance
Rff-sentret, Dragvoll
7491 Trondheim
Tel.: +47 73 59 65 77 or Business no. 975 372 677

Accreditation request No. 90086: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1973
Budget: U.S.$1143700

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- Knowledge about musical instruments, Giving expert advice to the public sector. Distributing grants to activity in the field

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main countries where active:


Main aim: to promote, safeguard and secure transmission of Norwegian traditional music and traditional dance as expressions of cultural identity and carriers of unique qualities.

Objectives: To serve ail Iines of work in our field, to coordinate efforts and to improve output from available resources.

To offer representative expertise for public administration and ensure know-how among policymakers and administrators.

To document research folk music and folk dance and give on result from the work.

To promote enhanced knowledge about and understanding for folk music and folk dance and work for improved quality, participation and interest.
The foundation (Rtf) is doing fieldwork, documenting traditional dance and music in cooperation with people in local communities. It has set up a web page which is meant to become an inventory of ICH in our field. It conducts research and publishes results.

Collected material is protected by being stored in the Rff archives and preserved through being made available and taught. It is promoted through teaching, and projects of various kinds including both participatory and staging activities.

Local projects for young people and specialised university courses are important measures for securing transmission and revitalisation. Rff supports organisations which are active in revitalisation, and has also its own projects.

The Expert Council and the Centre has followed discussions on safeguarding of folklore, later Intangible cultural heritage right since they were established in the early 1970's, particularly within the framework of UNESCO. The Director has been called upon several times to take part in UNESCO's work in different ways. The Norwegian folk music scene has also been concerned with the problems of copyright issues. The question has been discussed in conferences and meetings and with national organisations that collect
copyright money.
The resource centre is conducting documentation, quite often at the request of local communities where traditional dance and music are practiced. Local practitioners then come to our institution to analyse and learn from collected material under guidance of our expert staff. Afterwards they can transmit the dances and music in the local community, consulting the old practitioners if they are still available. This practice is used
when local dance and music is known only by old people who do not practice any longer, so that young people have problems learning directly from them, it is particularly usual for traditional dance.