Intangible Cultural Heritage
Intangible Cultural Heritage (SOKÜM) by UNESCO; it is defined as practices, representations, narratives, information, skills and related tools, materials and cultural spaces that communities, groups and in some cases individuals define as a part of their cultural heritage.
This heritage, which has been passed down from generation to generation, is continually re-created based on the interaction of communities and groups with their environment, nature and history, giving them a sense of identity and continuity; thus contributes to cultural diversity and respect for human creativity.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Convention on the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at its 32nd General Conference on 17 October 2003 in Paris. Turkey On 19 January 2006 and No. 5448 on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention, it was included in this process with the Law on Eligibility. March 27, 2006
A representative list of intangible cultural heritage is prepared, updated and published on the proposal of States Parties in order to make the Intangible Cultural Heritage more visible, to raise awareness of its importance and to promote dialogue with respect for cultural diversity.
In our country, Intangible Cultural Heritage List studies are carried out by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Within this scope, two types of inventory studies are carried out by the Ministry on a national basis: Intangible Cultural Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage Carriers (Living Human Treasures).
These studies are carried out by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Detection Boards under the coordination of Provincial Culture and Tourism Directorates.
Intangible Cultural Heritage studies primarily convey oral heritage traditions and narratives (epics, legends, proverbs, fairy tales), performing arts (Karagöz, meddah, puppet, folk theater), social practices, rituals and feasts (birth, engagement, wedding, nevruz), knowledge and practices related to nature and the universe (traditional dishes, folk medicine, folk calendar, folk meteorology) and craft tradition.
Comprehensive studies carried out by the commission established by the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism regarding our Intangible Cultural Heritage values in our province are continuing.
Afyonkarahisar Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism Intangible Cultural Heritage Detection Commission proposed by the Ministry 13 elements of our city are included in the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
1. Minstrelsy Tradition
2. Travelers Tradition
3. Chat Tradition
4. Hıdrellez / Saint George Days
8. Rug Weaving
9. Bayat Rugs
10. Canvas (Cross Stitch)
12. Koşumculuk (Saddlery Hand Craft)
Considering our wealth of Intangible Cultural Heritage in our province, which has cradled many civilizations for thousands of years, by the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism; its value as a proof of human creativity, its rootedness in cultural and social traditions, the specified community or the group continues to work extensively on issues such as representation quality and risk of disappearance.
The Directorate of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Determination Board; Ahmet Yaşar Kocataş, who has been engaged in the art of felt for half a century, was offered the Living Human Treasure award on November 3, 2016.