ICH North – passing on our musical heritage
ICH North – passing on our musical heritage will enhance the role of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in the form of musical heritage in the Aurora area.
Toimiala: Yrittäjyys ja hyvinvointi
Projektin kesto: 1.2.2023-31.12.2025
Rahoittajat: Interreg Aurora
Troms og Finnmarks fylkeskommune
Projektipäällikkö: Sara Kåll-Fröjdö
ICH North will promote cross-border cooperation related to musical ICH and enhance the role of musical communities in the area, building bridges between institutions, educational institutions and heritage communities. The project will develop new joint innovative services and products in cultural and creative industries, including digitization and digital innovations. The project is community-based in accordance with the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) and will use co-creation between communities and institutions with a bottom-up approach.
The approach of the project is demand-based and sustainability is a keyword. The project will give musical heritage more visibility, using social innovations to transfer knowledge and revitalize ICH/music, thus furthering safeguarding.
The project is funded by Interreg Aurora, with co-financing by Region Västernorrland, Troms og Finnmarks fylkeskommune, Nordisk Kulturfond and Lapin Liitto as well as the project partners: Centria University of Applied Sciences, Kulturens Bildningsverksamhet, KulturÖsterbotten, Novia University of Applied Sciences, The Arctic University of Norway UiT, the Finnish Folk Music Institute and Västernorrlands Museum. The project was planned as a part of an Interreg Nord-funded project, also called ICH North.
The Aurora area has a very rich and distinctive immaterial cultural heritage in the form of music. The musical heritage in the Aurora area has both similarities and distinct local and regional differences, and includes heritage of minorities. Immigrants bring their own musical heritage with them. In today’s society, it is not certain that the transmission of musical heritage to new practitioners will happen. This leads to a loss of traditional knowledge. The causes might be migration, urbanization, social distancing between age groups, low media visibility/low interest due to lack of information, networks or good safeguarding practices. Safeguarding that support performance and transmission are called for.
ICH North tackles the challenges with a number of actions that deal with different aspects on how to promote the transmission of musical heritage in the Aurora area, considering that the area is sparsely inhabited with long distances. Traditional music in the Nordic countries has very limited human and financial resources, across the board. Cultural cross-border partnerships, networks and joint development and implementation of actions through the project will strengthen the sector and promote transmission more effectively.
Intangible cultural heritage, especially musical heritage, and communities upholding it, cross all administrative borders.
Musical heritage as a concept might be strongly connected with folk music, but there are also a lot of other vocal and instrumental traditions that can be seen as musical heritage, as well as f.ex. the knowledge on how to build instruments. Following the approach of Unesco’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, any living musical tradition or a related skill that a community or individual feel that is important to pass on to following generations, could be seen as musical heritage.
During the three-year project several different project actions will be developed and implemented in a total of five work packages:
1. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
The subject of the course is safeguarding of musical heritage in the north of Finland, Sweden and Norway, including Sápmi. Anyone can attend and course material will be open source.
2. A digital map of musical communities practicing and transmitting their musical heritage
The content is co-created with communities throughout the Aurora area, consisting of video material with members of the communities describing how they pass on their musical heritage.
3. Educational material on intangible cultural heritage for non-formal education
The goal is to use social innovations in order to promote the transmission of knowledge/intangible cultural heritage and enhance participation and inclusion.
- educational material on ICH
- educational workshops and inspirational meetings
- a pilot group/community for testing actions taken to increase social inclusion and webinars with physical nodes.
4. Musical heritage, entrepreneurship and cultural tourism
These will be promoted through cultural innovations, tandem meetings for musicians and entrepreneurs and a community. This work package will focus on branding and promoting local cultural and musical heritage with possible products and innovations for cultural tourism.
5. A joint strategy for community involvement in safeguarding musical heritage for archives in the Aurora area
The project will establish a network of music communities and museums and archives in the Aurora region, map the community level needs and opinions and elaborate a joint strategy and road map ahead.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
Call for material / WP3
Wanted: contributions to new pedagogic materials!
Work package 3 is currently working on two different pedagogic materials that will assist practitioners in passing on musical heritage. We now ask for your help! We are looking for examples of traditional repertoires from all over the Aurora area – language and age is not important in this case.
If you feel that you want to share a part of your tradition, please let us know through this form. 🚩
We are currently looking for:
- traditional children’s songs, rhymes, clap games and so on. We want to create a YouTube playlist as inspiration for new parents and are looking for suggestions of what could be included. Does your family or community practice meaningful, happy or action filled children’s traditions? Please tell us about them!
- good tunes or songs for teaching musical traditions to new practicians. Here we wish to be in touch with anyone that has experiences in teaching music traditions within the Aurora area – what works? Please let us know about your best pieces for teaching traditional skills!
Through the link above you will reach a form where you can suggest up to 5 tunes or songs at once together with context information. As you submit the form you will receive a link where you can upload files, such as recordings or sheet music renderings of the traditional music.
Part of the contributions will used for development work within the project and be included in the new pedagogic materials we are working on. We are very much looking forward to diving into the musical heritage of the Aurora region in this manner and creating new, meaningful and diverse pedagogic materials!
Please do not hesitate to contact Johanna Björkholm of work package 3 if you have questions or would like to discuss the development of teaching materials – you can reach her at email@example.com!
Recommend music to the ICH North Spotify playlist with music from the Interreg Aurora Area
The ICH North Spotify playlist with heritage music in the Interreg Aurora area already consists of hours of music: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0hmavbKZojjM6WboB1XRKX?si=16d9878ffbc244da
The aim of the playlist is to get an overview of the heritage music and the playlist would be one way to discover what the musical heritage in the region really consists of. Can you help us with adding music? Do you think somethings is missing from the list?
Please send information (songs/artists) to Mats Granfors at Novia University of Applied Sciences: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will also be a YouTube list, later on. Any suggestions of videos, for example with local musicians/music communities? Please let Mats know!
You can also organise your own cultural heritage discussions or tandem meetings between enterprises and musicians. Feel free to use the project materials we have prepared.
Read our latest newsletter for project updates, partner presentations and other news in the field of intangible cultural heritage.
If you want to subscribe to the Newsletter of ICH North, please use this contact form: https://link.webropol.com/s/ichnorthcontact
If you want to unsubscribe, please contact Sara Kåll-Fröjdö by e-mail (email@example.com)
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We have also made some longer interviews, you can find them here as pdf:
Närpes glassfabrik & Folkmusik i Sydösterbotten (in Swedish)
What does ICH North do: ICH North project leaflet
We’ve made a poster with some questions regarding musical traditions and cultural heritage. You are welcome to use it too for discussions in your own groups and communities: ICH North discussion poster (ENG/FIN/SWE) or only in Finnish.
We have made printout cards with questions that will help getting a discussion started, for meetings between an entrepreneur and musician/representative of music community. With the help from these cards you can arrange a tandem-meeting, combining entrepreneurship and traditional music! ENG SWE NOR FIN
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For producing and co-producing content for the different activities in the project, we will gather material such as interviews, photos, videos. We have made a privacy statement for the project and you can read it here:
ICH in media
Deutsche Welle made a TV-program on EU-funded projects in Europe and visited Kaustinen and ICH North in June 2023. Kaustinen clips here:
The program was a special edition from Brussels, in English and you’ll find the link here (Kaustinen/ICH North in approx. the 3 last minutes of the program): https://www.dw.com/en/focus-on-europe-special-from-brussels/video-66140457?fbclid=IwAR0j4Gboa9lN7ddaQOgV78w4nPXpX-kUGHr4GkexwZzBBeSZ3opN8vxbqn4
These organizations/musicians have signed a Letter of Intent (in alphabetical order):
- Burträsksvängen och Västerbottens spelmansförbund (SE)
- Festival Kalottspel (NO)
- Finlandssvenska spelmansförbundet (FI)
- Folk You (SE)
- Folkemusikk Nord (NO)
- Folkmusiksällskapet (FI)
- Härnösands folkhögskola (SE)
- Härnösands kommun (SE)
- Jamtli (SE)
- Kansanmusiikkiliitto (FI)
- Kulturskolan Sundsvall (SE)
- Lappfjärds folkhögskola (FI)
- Målselv Spelmanslag (NO)
- Medelpads folkmusikförbund (SE)
- Musik i Västernorrland (SE)
- Niklas Roswall (SE)
- Norrbottens Spelmansförbund (SE)
- Riksförbundet för Folkmusik och Dans (SE)
- Saamelaisarkisto Sami arkiiva (FI)
- Studieförbundet Bilda Nord (SE)
- Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland (FI)
We are also cooperating with many more organisations and people, please contact us for sharing ideas what we can do together!
Project Administration Personnel at Centria University of Applied Sciences:
+358 40 4879634
+358 40 6618887
Project Working Group Representatives / Experts in the field of traditional music, intangible cultural heritage, music education and archives:
Centria University of Applied Sciences
+358 40 6351040
Kansanmusiikki-instituutti ry/Finnish Folk Music Institute
+358 40 3588921
+358 50 350 4600
+46 72 72 72 006
+358 44 750 3149
Novia University of Applied Sciences
+358 50 4725929
The Arctic University of Norway UiT
+47 77 66 05 43
+46 70 698 86 80