The work reflected here is subjective and personal. It is a look from the 21st century into the intangible cultural heritage of a land, without ties or restraints, and using the exaltation of beauty and the contemplation of detail as a reference point. With the utmost respect we photographed essences, dedicated lives, ancestral heritages. Stop, observe, and immortalise. One photograph, one moment, one instant to be enjoyed and reviewed.We stop to enjoy. There isn’t much more but deep down, there’s so much. Materialising the intangible –that which happens at specific and very localised moments– and perpetuating its universal legacy standing requires certain alliances that range from the Intangible Heritage Service of Navarre and the Príncipe de Viana Institution to the collaboration of each group, council, town hall, or individual that care for and love the living heritage. Special people whose voluntary and open dedication allows us to enjoy each field and representation. Intangible Navarre is a small tribute to each minute they have invested; to that special varnish delivered by each hand and personal look that modernises and provides fresh air to the legacy received without tarnishing its essence. Throughout the generations, humans perpetuate traditions, rites, costumes, folklore, or dance. Such recurrence turns that into heritage for all. Partly forgotten, partly re-emerged. We now look at our time with the hope of showing it and preserving it, with the belief that by bringing our culture to the forefront we create synergy and understanding. There are many studies and publications on heritage in all its scientific, sociological, or ethnographic versions, mainly oriented to safeguarding and cataloguing. Intangible Navarre’s proposal points in a different direction: it is both creative and oneiric, a reverie, the part for the whole. Where art is the filter, heritage makes up the content, and the result is a composition in all its magnitude.Welcome to a journey of moments, of instants that somehow endure in the collective imagination. This is our imagination for Intangible Navarre. And here we share it.
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