The coastal federation - Forbundet KYSTEN
A federation for the use and preservation of historical vessels, coastal culture and maritime heritage.
Foto: Tuva Løkse
The Norwegian Coastal Federation (Forbundet KYSTEN) is an organisation
dedicated to the preservation of Norwegian coastal culture. Its mission –
in cooperation with other preservers of cultural interests – is to
strengthen our identity as a coastal nation, including:
• Promoting the preservation and general use of traditional vessels, buildings, and coastal heritage.
informational activities aimed at increasing awareness of the value of
the human and cultural traditions that make up our coastal history.
• Maintaining and developing traditions within intangible maritime heritage and handicrafts.
• Enhancing the professional expertise concerning the maintenance and safety related to use of historic and traditional vessels.
About Forbundet KYSTEN
The federation Forbundet KYSTEN was founded in 1979. At the end of 2014, the Association have about
10 000 members throughout Norway and abroad and 126 local branches. The
object of the Association is to work to strengthen our identity as a
coastal people, to maintain, transfer and develop traditional knowledge
and practical learning (crafts, seamanship etc.) and to improve the
standards of protection of our coastal culture. The local branches rally
people from their communities to restore or build replicas of boats
that are representative of the particular areas heritage. The original
intent was to fix or build boats. But the focus has evolved. The scope
of its activities has widened constantly. Working with the local
character of a given area, the most ambitious of the local branches
strive to create nothing less than coastal cultural centers, where one
can go to experience the very foundations of the coastal community; the
food, the work - the life. And the center of it all, the boats.
Preservation of protected lighthouses is a vital part of our activity as well.
In Norway, traditional crafts and knowledge
associated with shipping and fishing have played a central role for
several thousand years. The accumulated knowledge that such traditions
represent has intrinsic value as culture. Forbundet KYSTEN want to see
coastal culture and traditional crafts in a global perspective. We want
to promote international cooperation for the protection of this part
of cultural heritage.
Short film (6 min.) from Oslo maritime festival 2014.
UNESCO general assembly for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural
Heritage decided on their sixth session - 2016 - to give Forbundet
KYSTEN accreditation as non-governental organisation to act in an
advisory capacity to UNESCO. Read more (see item 8).
Application to get Nordic clinker boat traditions inscribed on the
UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of
Humanity. Read more.
Articles/by-laws of Association.
Oversatt til engelsk (med bidrag fra Samtekst) av Tore Friis-Olsen.