Book «Red Book – Red List of Algarvian Craft Activities» presented this week

The Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR) and the Algarve Regional Directorate of Culture will promote, on Wednesday, the 22nd, the presentation of the book «Red Book – Red List of Algarve Handmade Activities».

The session will take place from 5:00 pm, at the Islamic Baths and Casa Senhorial dos Barretos, in Loulé.

The idea of ​​creating a “Red List of Algarvian Craft Activities” came from the report that the United Kingdom carried out in 2017 (and updated in 2019), entitled “The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts”, by The Heritage Crafts Association, where presents the list of arts considered as “craft heritage” and classifies them according to their degree of risk, inspired by the “International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources” (IUCN) Red List of threatened species, which assesses the risks of extinction of thousands of species and subspecies existing in nature, with the objective of informing about the urgency of the conservation measures that must be taken, in an attempt to reverse extinction trends.

The “Red Book” continues the line of the TASA project – Técnicas Ancestralis Soluções Atuals, a registered trademark owned by CCDR/Algarve, the promoter of this innovative craft and design project that aims to “affirm and promote craft activity as a profession of the future” and that combines innovation – design of new products – with tradition, using materials and craft techniques, knowledge that has been transmitted from generation to generation and result in utilitarian products with a contemporary aesthetic of recognized acceptance.

This “red book” “promotes ‘know-how’, contributing to the implementation of the Saber Fazer Program, valuing artisans and traditional artisanal production, which, due to its balanced relationship with the environment, scale of operation and respect for culture, plays an important role in terms of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, says the CCDR.

The initiative also includes cross-border cooperation in this specific area, based on the historical, heritage and cultural roots linked to the Discoveries, common to the three regions (Algarve, Alentejo and Andalusia), as well as the presence of a low-density productive fabric throughout the territory. of the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia Euroregion.

Magalhães_ICC, acronym for the Magalhães Center for Entrepreneurship of Cultural and Creative Industries, aims to establish a cross-border cooperation network aimed at consolidating and promoting innovative cultural offerings within the Euro AAA.

The creation – construction/adaptation and equipment – of the Magalhães Center in Seville, considered the “headquarters”, located in the Royal Artillery Factory of Seville and the Magalhães Centers, composed of several centers, in the Algarve and Alentejo.

The project also intends to recreate the route taken by Fernão de Magalhães in the first circumnavigation of the globe, thus marking its 500th anniversary.

This is a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF through the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal Program (POCTEP) 2014-2020 (0752_MAGALLANES_ICC_5_E).

Returning to its historical, heritage and cultural roots, the Algarve region highlights the importance of valuing ancestral “know-how” and the need to safeguard traditional handicrafts and techniques that are at greater risk of being lost, through the lists of missing arts and crafts, from the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (IPC) of the Algarve in urgent need of safeguarding and the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (PCI).

An important highlight is the methodology adopted, guided by the scientific committee set up for this purpose, which brings together representatives of the relevant Entities for Intangible Cultural Heritage (PCI).

“The lists drawn up are guided by the procedures established by UNESCO, with the advantage that these manifestations of ICH can in the future be entered in the national inventory, the only instrument for the legal protection of this heritage, that is, from the perspective of the region, we already have a solid base. to submit to the DGPC for the Inventory of Intangible Heritage of the Algarve”, points out the CCDR.

The results have the necessary robustness resulting from interviews with 176 artisans, 16 municipalities and five institutions (craft associations) that collaborated with data.

CCDR/Algarve also left a “word of appreciation to the Proactivetur team”, which won the competition and carried out the work of field interviews and collected the elements that today are the “Red Book”.