A web museum to show and share videos, documentaries and studies related with cultural manifestations of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

It is grounded on the need to identify, register, preserve and publicise tales, legends, proverbs, and any other form of oral culture: the skills of ancient artisans; the uses and rites prevailing in day-to-day professional, social and family circles.

In this e-Museum you can share all the videos, download documents and sound files. We ask that you always mention MEMORIAMEDIA when using our content.

The contents are organized in sections according to criteria based on the recommendations of UNESCO and national legislation for inventorying the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

MEMORIAMEDIA focuses on promoting community involvement in patrimonialization processes. The project associates the ICH concept to an emic approach, disseminating the idea that intangible culture patrimonialization processes should respect and value those who are directly involved in the production of cultural expressions. 

expressões orais Saber fazer celebracoes praticas performativas
Oral Expressions
Performative Pratices

Folktales, folksongs, legends, riddles, proverbs and other oral expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage.

Traditional knowledge and ways of doing rooted in the daily life of communities.

Rituals and festivities that bear out the collective experience of work, religiosity, leisure and other social practices.

Music, dance and theater as community performative practices.

In addition to these sections we have also:

Exposições coloquios acervos
Nature and Universe
Thematic Exhibitions

Representations and practices developed by communities during their interaction with the environment.

Exhibitions about the different domains of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Events, conferences, meetings, speeches, parties and festivals dedicated to oral tradition.

Repository of video collections shared in Memóriamedia by other authors.


E-museum collection, organized into databases. MEMORIAMEDIA´s database archive follows the UNESCO and national legislation´s recommendations on inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritage.




Alfama StoryguideA multimedia guide to an imaginary Alfama. An online guide for the tourist visiting the Alfama, the place of origin of Lisbon, between pedestrian streets and the proximity of the river. This place has thousands of years of continuous human occupation. Based on literary, historical and mythological research this is an interactive route that guides the traveler through the streets of the neighborhood of Alfama with stories. These tales unravel some of the intangible heritage of this place. We highlight some scenic spots such as the hot springs, through the reinvention of the former Portuguese legends mentioning magical ways of life connected with the waters. We have illustrated the old presence of the Jewish community in Lisbon through historical accounts of the XVI century and through some tales of Sephardic origin and some stories about the patron saints of Lisbon. The purpose of this multimedia guide is captivate the visitor to discover the tales and legends of the place.

MEMORIAMEDIA began in 2006, in the midst of a broad national and international discussion regarding the issues of intangible cultural heritage. This book crosses such theoretical, methodological and technical questions with the characterisation of MEMORIAMEDIA.

MEMORIAMEDIA aims to study, inventory and disseminate manifestations of intangible cultural heritage. These include oral expressions, performative practices, celebrations, traditional craftsmanship and knowledge concerning nature and the universe.

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Every place contains an accumulated store of experiences, memories and emotions. Sometimes these are obvious to the eye or ear, but sometimes they are hidden.

We have focussed on specific places, researched, studied and physically explored. But we have also learned to listen: to let a place and its people speak. Then we can begin to appreciate the nuances and complexities, the layering, the hidden corners as well as the busy thoroughfares.

The 'spirit of place' is often surprising, richer, and more contradictory than we imagine. Attentive humility is required to avoid mistranslation. We need to hear the stories that are only reluctantly voiced due to that very fear of misunderstanding.

Caderno de Danças do AlentejoThe project Arquivo das Danças do Alentejo (Archive of the Dances from Alentejo) has a main vocation which is to communicate and build bridges and bonds between knowledge and people. The look we intend to give is sensitive to the poetry in others and sensitive to the humanity that exists in the gesture of the popular art and also in the structuring role that the traditional practices play in the individual and in the community.

In this project we partnered with a team of collaborators from other entities such as IELT (Traditional Literature Studies Institute) and Olaria Projetos de Arte e Educação (Olaria Art and Education Projects) in order to generate the best fruits for the dialogue and the practice over the repertoire of dances from Alentejo.