The Register is a central collection of data on intangible heritage transferred from generation to generation by communities, groups and sometimes individuals.
The Register of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is a technical list of intangible cultural heritage from the area of the Republic of Slovenia. The Register includes elements connected with intangible cultural heritage and the bearers of that heritage. Elements that are pan-Slovene or characteristic of a specific region may have a number of bearers, while local elements may have only one. Proposals for inclusion in the Register are drawn up by the Coordinator for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, while the Register is maintained by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.
In 2009 and 2010 the role of Coordinator was carried out by the Institute of Slovene Ethnology at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts, and since 2011 by the Slovene Ethnographic Museum.
Elements of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in the Register with special significance can, in a further procedure, be declared as intangible cultural heritage of special local or national importance, and the latter can apply for UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The purpose of keeping the register is to provide information support to the implementation of heritage protection. The Register is also aimed at presenting, researching, educating, educating and developing public awareness of the heritage.
Documents that govern this field are Rules on the Registry of Cultural Heritage.

Resources needed

The proposal for entry in the register of intangible heritage is prepared by the coordinator of the protection of intangible heritage at the discretion or at the initiative of someone else. On the basis of the proposal of the coordinator, the Ministry enters the heritage unit into the register.

Evidence of success

- 58 elements and 170 bearers
- Coordinator proposals: argumentation, photographs / video, agreement of the bearers
-Coordinator’s Working Group (ICH experts)
-Final texts prepared by the Coordinator
Intangible cultural heritage of national significance proclaimed by the Slovene government, 9 elements have been declared as an ICH of national significance.
Škofja Loka Passion Play was inscribed in 2016 onto the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Potential for learning or transfer

Within its safeguarding activities of the ICH, every country should ensure the widest possible participation of communities, groups, as also individuals that create, maintain and transmit such heritage, and to involve them actively in its management. To ensure identification with a view to safeguarding, every country should draw up, fitting to its own situation, one or more inventories of ICH present in its territory.
Without prejudice to the provisions of their national legislation, customary law and practices, countries should recognize that safeguarding of ICH is of general interest to humanity and thus undertake to cooperate at the subregional, regional and international levels. Safeguarding means measures aimed at ensuring the viability of ICH, including identification, documentation, research, preservation, protection, promotion, enhancement, transmission, particularly through formal and nonformal education, as well as the revitalization of the various aspects of such heritage.

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Main institution
Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Zahodna Slovenija, Slovenia (Slovenija)
Start Date
December 2005
End Date


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