Jacomine Hendrikse, DutchCulture
Jacomine Hendrikse
Advisor - Europe + Heritage
j.hendrikse [at] dutchculture.nl

Jana Mucek
j.mucek [at] dutchculture.nl

Eline Bingen
Junior Communications Officer
e.bingen [at] dutchculture.nl

Symposium: Making (intangible) heritage visible

Symposium: Making (intangible) heritage visible

How to work with communities in a participatory way: European examples.
Wednesday 22 March 2023 15:30–17:45

The new museum definition of ICOM and the FARO Convention highlights the importance of the participation of communities. Therefore, seven professionals working in the field of intangible cultural heritage from different European countries will share their insights on the making of an inventory, participation, and methods to make heritage visible to a broader audience. What can we learn from the European examples and how can we enhance and improve cooperation with communities?

This event was livestreamed. You can watch the video below:

15:30 Doors open 
15:45 – 15:50
15:50 – 16:00 Introduction of the theme
16:00 – 16:40 Part I: Working with communities 

Many heritage organisations are experimenting with working with communities. How to do this successfully and in an equal way? How do you create a sustainable relationship with a community? And what can be the result of a successful collaboration or co-creation with communities? In this first part, professionals from Poland, Italy, and Finland will share their experiences.

16:40 –16:55 Break
16:55 – 17:45 Part II: Visibility

(Intangible) cultural heritage does not exist in itself: it is part of society. Many heritage organisations are working on bringing (intangible) cultural heritage closer to the public and stimulating safeguarding by doing research, making an inventory, making it visible in museums, or digitising it. What are successful examples of the work of European heritage professionals in Spain, Belgium, Scotland, and Germany?

17:45 – 17:50 Wrap-up
17:50 – 19:00 Networking drinks

This symposium is organised together with the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage.


  • Agata Mucha: Regional coordinator for ICH at the National Heritage Board of Poland, Poland
  • Claudio Gnessi: Director at Associazione Ecomuseo Casilino ad Duas Lauros, Italy
  • Matti Hakamäki: Director at the Finnish Folk Music Institute, Finland
  • Sara González Cambeiro: Anthropologist at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (Ministry of Culture and Sports), Spain
  • Frea Vancraeynest: Staff member at Histories, Belgium
  • Jacob O’Sullivan: Museum Development Manager - Collections & Interpretation at Museums Galleries Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Patricia Rahemipour: Director at Institute for museum research - Prussian Heritage Foundation, Germany

Practical information

Date: Wednesday 22 March 2023
Time: 15:30 - 17:45h, followed by networking drinks until 19:00hh
Location: Luther Museum Amsterdam, Nieuwe Keizersgracht 570, 1018 VG Amsterdam
Language: English

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