Afterword: Festival as heritage/heritage as festival

Valdimar Tr Hafstein*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A critical, comparative approach to the implementation of the Intangible Heritage Convention brings to light the dominance of certain expressive genres in the activities called safeguarding: lists, competitions, prizes, documentaries and especially the festival. The dolma culinary tradition is widespread throughout the Mediterranean and the Caucasus into Central Asia, and as festive food, it is associated with a variety of ceremonies, rituals, holidays, weddings and festive events. Festivals are ‘geared toward deliberate display’, offering a ‘boastful’ reflection of the community to locals and visitors alike. As a genre of display characteristic of intangible heritage, the festival provides a stage for performing this reflexive modernity. Ethnologists, folklorists, anthropologists, heritage professionals and cultural administrators co-author the script and help set the stage. When festivals come under the sign of intangible heritage, they fit like a glove on the hand of the safeguarding project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeritage and Festivals in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationPerforming Identities
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429511554
ISBN (Print)9780367186760
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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© 2020 selection and editorial matter, Ullrich Kockel, Cristina Clopot, Baiba Tjarve and Máiréad Nic Craith.


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