Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is the practice, representation, expression, knowledge/skills considered by UNESCO to be part of a place’s cultural heritage...
...It comprises nonphysical intellectual property, such as folklore, customs, beliefs, traditions, knowledge and language. EU official papers confirm that Intangible Cultural Heritage is crucially important for socio-economic development
NICHE gives concrete answers to the need of defining a precise skill-set for people involved in Intangible Cultural Heritage. The lack of tailored training in this field is underlined by the EU Commission Report of June 2019...
EU official papers confirm that Intangible Cultural Heritage is crucially important for socio-economic development:
ICH is more important for the EU economy than the entire automotive sector: over 300,000 people work in the EU cultural heritage sector. Almost 8 million jobs in the EU are indirectly linked to heritage (tourism, interpretation, security). For each direct job, the heritage sector produces 26.7 indirect jobs. This compares with 6.3 indirect jobs created for each direct job in the car industry.