Albania’s cultural heritage is more than its vast physical heritage of castle, archaeological ruins, museum and remote monuments. It is about people and their practices, representations, expressions, as well as the knowledge and skills (including instruments, objects, artifacts, cultural spaces).
Spread through generations and constantly recreated, Albanian Intangible Cultural Heritage not only ensures Albanians with a sense of identity, but it has the potential to become one of the main motivations for travel and tourism in the country.
The project aims to take a new step into the second pillar of cultural heritage, aiming to support the country’s application to UNESCO of four national ICH elements:
- Transhumance (Verimi), the seasonal movement of livestock and shepherds from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle.
- Jublet (Xhubleta) a unique bell-shaped folk skirt, worn by Albanian women in the north and known for its unique way of making, structure and traditional decorating style.
- Songs of Frontier Warriors (Eposi i Kreshnikëve), the north Albanian epos sung to this day by elderly Albanian men playing lahuta, a one-stringed instrument.
- Tropoja’s folk dance – (Kcimi i Tropojës), an ancient folk dance, characteristic of Tropoja, an area in the north of Albania. It is known for its expressive moves, and unique choreography.