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Forbundet KYSTEN new advisor to UNESCO

The Sixth session of UNESCO general assembly for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paris decided to accredit Forbundet KYSTEN as non-governmental organization and consequently as an advisor to UNESCO.

The association Forbundet KYSTEN was founded in 1979. At the end of 2014, the Association with its 126 local branches has about 10 000 members throughout Norway and abroad. The objective of the association is to strengthen the identity of coastal people, to maintain, transfer and develop traditional knowledge and practical skills (crafts, seamanship etc.) and to protect coastal culture. The local branches rally people from their communities to restore or build replicas of boats that are representative for particular areas. The initial intent was to fix or build boats. But the focus has widened. Working with the local character of a given area, the local branches strive to create coastal cultural centres where one can experience the foundations of the coastal community; the food, the work - the life. And at the centre of it all, of course, are the boats.

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