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Traditional cultural expressions (TCEs), also called "expressions of folklore", may include music, dance, art, designs, names, signs and symbols, performances, ceremonies, architectural forms, handicrafts and narratives, or many other artistic or cultural expressions.

Traditional cultural expressions:

  • May be considered as the forms in which traditional culture is expressed;
  • Form part of the identity and heritage of a traditional or indigenous community;
  • Are passed down from generation to generation.

TCEs are integral to the cultural and social identities of indigenous and local communities, they embody know-how and skills, and they transmit core values and beliefs. Their protection is related to the promotion of creativity, enhanced cultural diversity and the preservation of cultural heritage.