A brief descriptor of the competition theme (ICH) and its intended interpretation:
The easiest way to understand “Intangible Cultural Heritage” is to recall what each word means on its own.
Heritage is something that is passed down through generations. Culture refers to values, traditions, and identities. And intangible means impossible to touch.
Putting the above words together, “Intangible Cultural Heritage” refers to the traditions and living expressions that are transmitted from one generation to the next. One can think of it as “living heritage.” The Culture Directorate has already recognised the following:
The Maltese Ftira (Il-Ftira Maltija); Lace Making (Il-Bizzilla); Għana; Transportation of Gold Embroidery (It-trasportazzjoni tar-rakmu tad-deheb); Falconry (Il-Falkunerija); Brilli; The Maltese Feast (Il-Festa Maltija); Maltese Nicknames (Laqmijiet Maltin); Ephemeral Art with Natural Materials (Arti Effimera); Stereotomy (Sterjotomija); Għażżiela; Sea Salt Harvesting (Is-Sengħa tal-Melħ).
Malta and Gozo have much more and the aim of this competition is to bring to the fore others: such as the making of typical Maltese food, skills of making handicrafts, methods of agriculture and fishing, celebrations, religious manifestations, cooking skills and culinary art, winery, festivals, traditional games, dance, theatre, pottery making, boat making etc. Elements of this heritage are integral parts to life across our country or in certain parts of the islands.
The following should serve as two examples: A picture of a boat is not eligible. Eligible is an image of a particular point when someone is working on a boat and using traditional skills. A picture of ‘qagħqa talgħasel’ is not eligible. An image of a moment when doing it is eligible.