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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
dl.norway@unesco-delegations.org

Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO
Ministry of Education and Research
Postboks 8119 Dep
No-0032 Oslo
Norway
natcom@unesco.no; Peter.Haugan@gfi.uib.no (Vice PT)Tanja-Kristine.Hegge@kd.dep.no; tkh@kd.dep.no (SG)

Designated authority for the use of the emblem:

This country did not designate yet any national authority in charge of the use of the emblem of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Read more on the use the emblem

UNESCO’s contacts

UNESCO headquarters (ICH Section)
Regional officer:
Scepi, Giovanni (g.scepi@unesco.org)

Accredited NGOs located in this country

Name, address and sourceActivities related to ICH
Norges Husflidslag
Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Association
Ovre Slottsgate 2 b
0157 Oslo
NORWAY
URL: www.husflid.no
Tel.: +47 22008700; +47 91580781

Accreditation request No. 90308: English
Decision-making meeting: 5.GA - 2014

Year of creation: 1910
Domain(s):

- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

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

Main countries where active:

Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Spain

Objectives:
The Norwegian Folk art and Craft Association aims to preserve,maintain, develope and strengthen Norwegian folk art and traditional craft. We do this trough educational activities,publications and public activites such as exhibitions, contests etc.
For more than hundred years the organisation has been the main voluntary organisation in Norway which has inspired activities within the field of mantaining knowledge connected to traditional craft production.Our consultants working all over Norway, in every county, have for more than 50 years been the expertice on local craft tecniques and local knowledge about groups of producers and practitioners. Our consulens are working in a tight relation to our voluntary groups and also local and regional authorities.The headquarter of the organisation is placed in Oslo which make it possible to achieve contact with sentral politicians and through this promote actions in order to strenghten the focus on the importance of preserving and mantaining traditional craft as a knowledge and practical experience in ecucational programs, cultural programs for museums and as an inspiration and resourse in crafmanship production of today
The solid foundation underlying the work of our organisation is based on the voluntary work contributions within the local and regional membership devisions. These comunities contribute to the sthrengthening of social network, enabling the exchange mantainance and of handicraft skills within a large spectre of areas. The organisation is Norways largest organizer of adult training in folk art and handicraft. We offer about 3000 courses every year and aproxemately 15.000 people attend to our local and regional courses.
Activities:
Our organisation has three membership groups, single members which are 24.000 located in 377 local groups, 140 craft producers in smal private enterprices ,and 35 craft shops located all around the country.we also have a membership cathegory called "Young Crafters", at the moment they are 1700 indivdual members and the cathegory is increasing. We are a democratic organisation with a national board which are elected by the organisation on our General Assembly every second year. Our members pay an annual membership fee, this includes our magzine and various membership benefits. We have a very stabile and slowly increasing number of members.
The organisation has 28 employies of this are the Body of consultans counting 18 highly skilled proffessional experts on folk art and craft practitioners.Each and one of the is the link between their regional groups and activity and the sentral administration in Oslo.In addition to this we have three Advisory Committees within the field of woven handicraft, National costumes and Wooden Hancicraft.The administrative part of the staff consist of the editor and journalist in our magazine, technical and bookeeping resourses, ecucational adviser and Adminitrative Director.
Our publication, the magazine Norsk Husflid( Horwegian craft) goes automatically to all 24.0000 members,and to external subskribers.It is published with 5 copies per year.and has been published for more than 40 years.
Our main activity is to mantain and develope the knowledge about and the skill within taditional craft.We offer and stimulate to activities all over Norway for adults and youngsters. We have a division called "Young Craft" wich organize workshops, training courses, contests etc for children and youngsters to introduce them to traditional craft and the joy of making themselves.Through activity for craftsproducers we stimulate to both mantain old and traditional techniques and to innovate products in order to make awarenessof our craft herritage among people of today.
Once a year, on the first Saturday in 'September we arrange a nationwide "Day of Crafts" ( Husflidsdagen). On this day there are hundreds of local exhibitions, markets, "open house-day", a huge variation of arrangements where traditional craft and craftmanship are promoted.
Cooperation:
he organisation consist of 377 local and regional groups, the size of this may vary from 20 to 3000 members. We are in a constant cooperation with our groups through local projects, educational activity, contests,registrations for inventory lists, markets,public relation activityes. Our magazine, our facebook and homepage are our main communication channels with our members, in addtition to our regional consultants. In Norway we have a solid and regular cooperation with relevant NGOs such as the Centre for Intangible Heritage/Norwegian Craft Development at Lillehammer and the Norwegian Institute of bunads and folk costumes at Fagernes and especially in the summerperiode with many open air museums all over Norway.
On international level we are for about 75 years cooperating within the Nordic countries in a network "Nordic craft federation".Two times per year there are adminitrative meetings, every third year there are a Nordic craft conferrence where all members and local groups are invited.Every summer a family camp takes place with a lot of workshops, this is on rotation within the Nordic countries.Every second year a Nordic symposium for weaving is organized. All these activities aim to promote and mantain knowledge and pratcice in traditional crafts. All activities are kept on a non profit basis.
The Norwegian Folk art and Craft association is member of the European Folk Art and Craft Federation.The Federation has 10 national craft organisations (NGOs) as members.We have during the last 30 years been an active partner in several international projects and we have been involved in cooperation with one ore more of the other member countries in exchange of exhibitions, participating on international craft fairs and workshops with craftspersons from Norway etc.
We did also initiate an international project with craftsmen from the Northern African countries, this project was supported by the Norwegian Unesco Commision.
Norsk Handverksutvikling
Norwegian Crafts Development - NHU
Maihaugen
Maihaugveien 1
2609 LILLHAMMER
NORWAY
URL: http://www.nhu.no
Tel.: +47 61 05 76 00

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

Year of creation: 1988
Domain(s):

- 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

Objectives:
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.
Activities:
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.
Cooperation:
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
NORWAY
URL: http://www.rff-sentret.no
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
Domain(s):

- 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:

Norway

Objectives:
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.
Activities:
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.
Cooperation:
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.