Epic Kalevala Scores Coveted European Heritage Label

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The Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, was awarded the European Commission’s European Heritage Label on Thursday, said the Ministry of Education and Culture in a press release.

The European Heritage Label is granted to sites, monuments, documents or events that have a particular significance for European history, culture and integration. The label was granted to seven applicants.

The Kalevala is one of the few pieces of intangible cultural heritage to receive the European Heritage Label.

The label was awarded to the Kalevala as a living epic that changes with the times and continues to be a source of new scientific, artistic and cultural interpretations.

Written in 1849 by Elias Lönnrot, who drew inspiration from Karelian and Finnish folk poetry, the Kalevala is part of the European ideological current and epic tradition.

The work has been translated into more than 60 languages.

“The Kalevala is a part of our common European heritage that demonstrates the power of culture and its ability to evolve. For many generations, the Kalevala has been a source of inspiration to artists when creating new music, visual arts and literature. The Kalevala also inspires discussion about the meaning of living cultural heritage and cultural diversity in our society,” said Minister of Science and Culture Sari Multala.

The Epic Kaleidoscope project, which explores Finnish and Karelian cultural heritage from today’s point of view, is being organised in connection with the label. The project is a joint effort led by the Finnish Literature Society together with the Kalevala Society Foundation, the Gallen-Kallela Museum, the Juminkeko Foundation, Parppeinvaara Rune Singer’s Village and an extensive network of partners.

The European Heritage Label is part of the EU's Creative Europe programme. Since 2013, the label has been granted to 67 sites connected to built heritage, documents, the cultural environment and intangible cultural heritage. The aim of the label is to raise awareness among Europeans about the history of Europe, the building of the Union and our common, diverse cultural heritage. Finland’s first European Heritage Label was awarded to the University of Jyväskylä Seminaarinmäki campus and Equality in Education in 2022.

The European Heritage Label is coordinated by the Finnish Heritage Agency. The next national application round will take place in May-June 2024.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

13 Comments
  1. EmmaSmith92 says

    As a lover of folklore and cultural heritage, I am ecstatic to see the Kalevala being recognized with the European Heritage Label. It’s wonderful to see how this living epic continues to inspire and evolve, bridging cultures and generations. The power of the Kalevala lies in its ability to spark creativity and enrich our understanding of European heritage. Truly a deserving accolade!

  2. EmilySmith22 says

    As a lover of European heritage and cultural diversity, I am thrilled to see the Kalevala receive such a prestigious label. It’s truly amazing to witness how this living epic continues to inspire new interpretations and discussions across different art forms and languages. Congratulations to all involved!

  3. EmilySmith says

    As a culture enthusiast, I find it remarkable how the Kalevala continues to evolve and inspire new interpretations. It truly showcases the richness and diversity of European heritage. Kudos to the Ministry of Education and Culture for this well-deserved recognition!

  4. Alexandra99 says

    As a huge fan of Finnish culture and literature, I am thrilled to see the Kalevala receiving the European Heritage Label! This epic truly showcases the rich history and diverse cultural tapestry of Europe.

  5. EmilySmith84 says

    As a lover of European culture and heritage, I am thrilled to see the Kalevala awarded the European Heritage Label. It’s truly a living epic that resonates across generations and continues to inspire new interpretations. The power of culture to evolve and inspire is evident in the Kalevala’s impact on art, music, and literature. A well-deserved recognition for a piece of intangible cultural heritage!

  6. Emily1985 says

    As a Finn myself, I am thrilled to see the Kalevala being recognized with the European Heritage Label. It truly represents the rich history and cultural significance of our country. The fact that it continues to inspire new interpretations only adds to its timeless value. This recognition is well-deserved and highlights the importance of preserving and celebrating our cultural heritage for future generations.

  7. JenniferSmith88 says

    As a lover of European history and culture, I believe that awarding the European Heritage Label to the Kalevala is a well-deserved recognition. It’s fascinating to see how this living epic continues to inspire new interpretations and artistic creations, showcasing the power of cultural heritage to evolve and transcend boundaries.

  8. NatalieRose91 says

    Wow, that’s amazing news about the Kalevala receiving the European Heritage Label! Can you elaborate on how the label is granted and what criteria the applicants have to meet to receive it?

    1. ThomasSmith84 says

      Sure thing, NatalieRose91! The European Heritage Label is granted by the European Commission to sites, monuments, documents, or events that hold significant importance in European history, culture, and integration. The applicants must demonstrate the enduring cultural value, evolution, and impact of the heritage on society. It’s a prestigious recognition that highlights the Kalevala’s status as a living epic that continues to inspire various forms of art and cultural discourse.

  9. AnnaSmith says

    The Kalevala receiving the European Heritage Label is truly a remarkable recognition of its cultural significance. It serves as a testament to how timeless and influential this epic has been across generations and borders.

  10. EmilySmith_87 says

    The recognition of the Kalevala with the European Heritage Label is truly well-deserved. It’s a testament to the enduring significance of this epic in European history and culture, showcasing its ability to adapt and inspire new interpretations over time.

  11. Erik Johnson says

    As an admirer of Finnish culture, I believe that awarding the European Heritage Label to the Kalevala is a well-deserved recognition of its timeless significance. The Kalevala truly embodies the essence of European history and cultural diversity, inspiring creativity and discussions across generations.

  12. EmilySmith says

    As an avid fan of European culture and heritage, I am thrilled to hear that the Kalevala has been awarded the European Heritage Label. It is truly a living epic that captures the essence of our shared history and continues to inspire new artistic interpretations. The Kalevala’s recognition highlights the importance of preserving and celebrating our cultural heritage for future generations to come.

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