10. Intangible Cultural Heritage and Policy Making in Poland

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Marzanna Poplawska [+-]
University of Wroclaw
Marzanna Poplawska holds degrees from Warsaw University (M.A. in Musicology, 1998) and Wesleyan University (Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, 2008). She has studied and taught in Poland (Warsaw University), U.K. (Durham University), Indonesia (Institute of Indonesian Arts in Yogyakarta), Ireland (University College Cork), and United States (Wesleyan University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Currently, she holds a position at the University of Wroclaw in Poland. Her primary interests encompass the musical traditions of Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and Central-Eastern Europe as well as acculturation/inculturation, music and religion, and Intangible Cultural Heritage. She is also an active performer of central-Javanese music and dance.


This chapter examines the process of creating and implementing policies for the protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Poland. It discusses the genealogy of particular governmental institutions (Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, National Heritage Institute) charged with the protection of ICH. The first cultural elements were inscribed into the national ICH list in 2014; a year later the first musical cultural element (the bagpipes tradition from southern Poland) was added. The chapter also discusses possible dangers of creating the ICH lists and problems in forming appropriate criteria for recognizing the enlisted items.

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Poplawska, Marzanna. 10. Intangible Cultural Heritage and Policy Making in Poland. Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781797594. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35834. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35834. Mar 2020

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