Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

"Schemenlaufen", the carnival of Imst

Applicant: Die Gemeinschaft der Imster Fasnachtler, Obmann Uli Gstrein, Mag. Manfred Thurner
Province: Tyrol
Domain: Social Practices
Year of inclusion: 2010

The carnival of Imst (Tyrolian Upperland) is a form of carnival procession with 26 different sorts of masks that takes place every four years.This event is based on a centuries-old tradition and is still celebrated enthusiastically today. In 2009, the procession had 870 active participants, thereby showing the population’s commitment to the tradition.

The carnival of Imst is one of the largest of its kind and has helped shape the identity of the town and its inhabitants. Both the carved masks, as well as the different costumes, are partially old and new. Knowledge on the production of the masks is passed down from generation to generation.