Celebrate the Culture of Community at the 2013 Holiday Folk Fair!
Our Living Heritage...Who Do You Think You Are and How Do You Know?
The 2013 Holiday Folk Fair International's theme is Celebrating the Culture of Community, commemorating a community of people who are bound together by common ties, such as language, customs and beliefs. They are also connected by what they think, how they behave, what they value and what they pass on to the next generation. The community gives them an identity and a sense of belonging. It helps us discover who and why we are.
The Culture of Community, sometimes called "folklore" or "folklife," is the living expression of culture woven into everyday life - anyone's culture - learned and passed on informally from person to person. It must be alive and current to be folklife, even though it may have existed over long stretches of time.
This intangible cultural heritage refers to traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, those oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.