Chapter 1: Regional and international treaties on intangible cultural heritage: between tradition and contemporary culture
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This chapter engages with the international legal frameworks with respect to intangible cultural heritage, focusing particularly on one universal instrument (the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, under the auspices of UNESCO), and one regional instrument applicable in Europe (the 2005 Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society, under the auspices of the Council of Europe). In examining the two instruments, the chapter queries their interrelationships, and the fit of contemporary culture within these regimes. It shows that, while the legal instruments do not seem able to accommodate contemporary culture as heritage (under these treaties' definitions), contemporary culture as a safeguarding practice can in fact be a part of these legal regimes.