15 Jan 2011

UNESCO inscribes new Intangible Cultural Heritage elements

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Forty-six new elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage from around the world have been added to the UNESCO List to safeguard the cultural heritage of humanity.

On the 16th of November, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage examined and inscribed 46 of the 47 candidates presented to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 11 countries had applied in order to introduce their distinctive cultural elements to the list.

Among the new inscriptions are the Aalst Carnival of Belgium, acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicine, Peking Opera from China, processions and masks from the Czech Republic, Flamenco, the chant of the Sybil in Mallorca and the “castells”, human towers of Catalonia from Spain, gastronomy from France, chauu dance, Rajasthani Kalbelia dance and folk songs and Mudiyettu from Kerala from India, the Angklung musical instrument from Indonesia, Kumiodori traditional music theatre from Japan, polyphonic music from Lithuania, a hopping procession from Luxembourg, Naadam traditional festival and Khöömei singing from Mongolia, Gagok song cycles from Korea and the Gióng festival from Vietnam.

For more information see http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/forty_six_new_elements_added_to_representative_list_of_the_intangible_cultural_heritage/


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