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Intangible heritage on the rise

11-11-2010 09:56 BJT

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Now, fossils are a good example of tangible heritage, but another important platform for a country's soft power is intangible heritage. Recently, it's been these intangible treasures that have been gaining increasing attention by people all over the world. This year, dozens of programs have applied to be inducted into UNESCO's list: "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity."

Up to now, a total of 47 programs from 31 countries and regions have submitted their application, including French cuisine, Central Asia's falconry technique, Iran's carpet making, and Spain's flamenco dance.

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will meet next week at its fifth session in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, to decide which ones will succeed.

In 2003, UNESCO passed the "Convention of the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage." It proposes five broad domains in which intangible cultural heritage is manifested. They include: Oral traditions and expressions; Performing arts; Social practices, rituals and festive events; Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; and Traditional craftsmanship.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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