Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

"Schleicherlaufen" in Telfs

Applicant: Fasnachtkomitee Telfs, Obmann Dr. Stephan Opperer
Province: Tyrol
Domain: Social Practices
Year of inclusion: 2010

Approximately 500 men participate actively in the “Telfer Schleicherlaufen“ tradition (an event with costumes and dance that centers around Shrove Tuesday); a number of chronicles report that many families have participated in this tradition for generations. The participants (all male) come together every five years to form new groups. Many people in Telf (Tyrol) are in close contact with each other during the preparations for Shrove Tuesday due to creating costumes and piecing together jewelry.

Knowledge transfer on specific skills is fundamental to the members of the individual groups to ensure they all perform their roles properly. The safeguarding of this custom and the creative passing down thereof is not only relevant to the chairs of the groups and the contributors themselves, but also to the members of the Shrove Tuesday committee.

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