UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list extends to 213 elements

13:18, November 18, 2010      

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As an intergovernmental committee finished examination of 47 nominations from 29 countries on Wednesday, the UN Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was expanded to 213 traditional elements.

A total of 13 traditional celebrations, healing techniques, crafts and culinary arts were newly inscribed into the list, according to the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which supervises and guards the list.

The Chinese Peking Opera and acupuncture, Armenian cross-stone art, Colombian Marimba music and French gastronomic meal are among the members newly recognized by the UNESCO committee.

As for the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, the reviewing meeting in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, also added four new elements, bringing the total number to 16.

The protection-in-need list enrolled three intangible cultural styles practiced in China (Meshrep, the watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks, printing with wooden movable type) and a fourth in Croatia (Ojkanje singing).

The four-day meeting of the 24-member committee safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage will continue its session until Friday.

Source: Xinhua


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