Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project

Living Traditions and Museums

The Swiss Museums Association is proud to be a partner, along with institutions in France, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands, in the European “Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project” (IMP) from 2017 to 2020.


The project is intended to further cooperation among practitioners of living traditions and museum staff. How can such cooperation be defined, encouraged and implemented? Suggestions will be advanced at five international conferences on the subjects of “Diversity” (Rotterdam, NL), “Participation” (Palermo, I), “Urban Societies” (Bern, CH), “Innovation” (Aubusson, F), and “Cultural Policy” (Mechelen, B). These meetings will give museums from the partner countries an opportunity to provide inspiring examples of ways in which the immaterial cultural heritage can be sustained. Goal of the IMP is to contribute actively to an exchange between museums and practitioners that will contribute to passing on living traditions to future generations.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage Project is funded by the European program Creative Europe and the Flemish Community.

The Federal Office of Culture (FOC), together with the Swiss Museums Association, represents Switzerland in the IMP and provides support for the Swiss Museums Association's participation in the project and organization of the relevant conference in Switzerland.

Save the date: 26.02.2020

The closing conference will take place on February 20, 2020 in Brussels.

More information


In order to learn more about the project, please subscribe to the IMP Newsletter on the project web page. It will keep you up to date on participation possibilities, events and publications of the internationally based project.

If you have any questions, Project Head Cornelia Meyer will be glad to provide information via e-mail