Culture Heritage and Culture Diversity

Cultural Heritage is an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Cultural Heritage is often expressed as either Intangible or Tangible Cultural Heritage (ICOMOS, 2002).

Cultural heritage comes in many shapes and forms.

  • tangible – for example buildings, monuments, artefacts, clothing, artwork, books, machines, historic towns, archaeological sites.
  • intangible – practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills - and the associated instruments, objects and cultural spaces - that people value. This includes language and oral traditions, performing arts, social practices and traditional craftsmanship.
  • natural – landscapes, flora and fauna.
  • digital – resources that were created in digital form (for example digital art or animation) or that have been digitalised as a way to preserve them (including text, images, video, records).


What is Cultural Diversity?

Cultural Diversity is the existence of a variety of cultural groups within a society.

Cultural groups can share many different characteristics. They include:

Culture, religion, ethnicity, language, nationality, sexual orientation, class, gender, age, disability, health differences, geographic location and lots of other things.

In the youth field, diversity is often confused with inclusion but there are small differences between them and we believe, in many cases, a dual focus is required – not only including all young people but strengthening the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to fully accept, support and promote the differences in society. Inclusion of everyone ensures that all young people can take part and the focus on diversity ensures that everybody can take part on their own terms.



Suggested Presentations/Videos/Projects

Bridging the skills gap in Cultural Heritage, Brussels 27 November 2019

3D digital Cultural Heritage for resilience, recovery and sustainability, 27 May 2020 (Live Streaming)

OpenHeritage Project

Mapping of current heritage re-use policies and regulations in Europe Complex policy overview of adaptive heritage re-use, December 2019

EUROMED 2020 CONFERENCE - Digital Culture Heritage

Culture Heritage in Action Project


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