Pursuant to Article 56 of the Law on the Organisation of the Administration of the
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The Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports, through letters and public media, will
periodically inform the interested publ...
In accordance with the Law of Museum Activities (89/08 and 57/12) the Department for
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: On the establishment of a Preliminary Open List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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SESSION 1
Eighth Annual Meeting of the South East European Experts Network
on Intangible Cultural Heritage
15-16 May 2014. Limassol, Cyprus
Author: Dragica Panić-Kašanski, National Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina for UNESCO
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: On the establishment of a Preliminary Open List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1. 1. Pursuant to Article 56 of the Law on the Organisation of the Administration of the Federation of BH (Official Gazette of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina No. 35/05) the Federal Minister of Culture and Sports hereby issues a D E C I S I O N ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PRELIMINARY OPEN LIST OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE FEDERATION OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA The preliminary open list of intangible cultural heritage includes: 1. Konjic Woodcarving 2. Egg Shoeing in Kreševo 3. “Kera” Art of Lace Making 4. Pilgrimage to Ajvatovica-Prusac 5. Pilgrimage to St. John - Podmilačje 6. Pottery Making in Liješevo 7. Custom of Scything in Kupres 8. Ganga, polyphonic form of rural tradition 9. Art of Performing Sevdalinka, a musical and poetic form of urban music tradition 10. Art of Construction and Playing of the Karaduzen musical instrument 11. Polyphonic Form of Singing “In Three” in Usora 12. Old Bridge Diving All the proposed elements for the preliminary inventory list exist in the local communities observed. The list will be kept at the Sector for Cultural-Historic Heritage and Culture and regularly updated in line with received proposals.
  2. 2. The Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports, through letters and public media, will periodically inform the interested public about the need to update or modify the content of the List. Notes: The development of the List Proposal included experts from the Ethnology Department of the National Museum in Sarajevo: Svjetlana Bajić, Marica Popić Filipović and Lebiba Džeko MA, as well as experts from the Academy of Music and the Institute of Musicology and Ethnomusicology: Tamara Karača Bjeljak Dr. Sc, Jasmina Talam Dr. Sc, Maja Baralić Materne MA and Branka Vidović, members of the non-governmenal organisations and the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports. In line with its coordinating function, the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports submitted the List for amendments to relevant Cantons. The List shall remain open for amendments in line with the detection and development of activities locally, and for new proposals and processing of collected data irrespective of the level of state or local government, as well as by interested individuals. This preliminary List is the basis for the candidature of the intangible cultural heritage of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for all higher level representative lists. The information about this was sent to the National Commission for UNESCO, which adopted it in its 13th session held on 21 December 2012. The Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports informed relevant Cantonal Ministries about the List and initiated a cooperation process for successive amendments to the List and referential data. PRELIMINARY LIST OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA
  3. 3. In accordance with the Law of Museum Activities (89/08 and 57/12) the Department for Intangible Cultural Heritage of Museum of Republic of Srpska has formed a Preliminary list of intangible cultural heritage of Republic of Srpska that contains: 1. The Patron Saint 2. The burning of žežnica (charcoal) 3. Nevesinje Olympics 4. Zmijanje Embroidery 5. Blacksmiths from Mrkonjic Grad 6. Language of builders from Osat and 7. Picking of iva grass on Ozren mountain The preparation of a preliminary list was carried out by the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Museum of Republic of Srpska with the participation of experts from the regional museums in Prijedor, Doboj, Bijeljina and Trebinje as well as an academic community, professional and scientific community, non-governmental organizations and local communities. A Preliminary list is not exhaustive, but is open to new suggestions by individuals and collectives.

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