Extend the concept of cultural heritage to include the true
cultural modes of today and yesterday.
The term ‘cultural heritage’ has not always meant the same thing. Recent
decades have seen the concept of heritage—much like that of culture—
undergoing a profound change.
Having at one time referred exclusively to the monumental remains of
cultures, heritage as a concept has gradually come to include new categories
such as the intangible, ethnographic or industrial heritage. A noteworthy
effort was subsequently made to extend the conceptualization and description
of the intangible heritage. This is due to the fact that closer attention is
now being paid to humankind, the dramatic arts, languages and traditional
music, as well as to the informational, spiritual and philosophical systems
upon which creations are based.
The concept of heritage in our time accordingly is an open one, reflecting
living culture every bit as much as that of the past.