Partying on and on: Can we reconcile celebratory intangible heritage practices, spirit of place and sustainability?

Du Cros, Hilary (2008) Partying on and on: Can we reconcile celebratory intangible heritage practices, spirit of place and sustainability? In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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This paper asks the provocative question – what happens if heritage practices that use energy and other resources in abundant quantities, though considered fine by International Best Practices (IBP) of heritage management, are found to be in opposition to the achievement of sustainability? Much that is considered intangible heritage today had its beginnings in a very different world to ours now. It was one with a smaller population with few affluent people, more abundant non-renewable resources and much less interconnection. Now almost everything we do affects others in some way. Should we start to adopt a greater concern than in the past with resource use and sustainability? In order to reach a more balanced approach, should action be taken to prevent “the party” from being shut down at a later stage? This paper will look at examples of intangible heritage practices (e.g. festivals, celebrations, food related customs, and some common beliefs).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Du Cros, Hilary
Languages: English
Keywords: intangible heritage; spirit of place; sustainability
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 03. Performing arts
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 04. Social practices, rituals and festive events
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 02. Oral traditions and expressions (including language)
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 10:29
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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