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The Cuban point and the pizza, one step away from being a Unesco Cultural Heritage

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – — – | Cuba, which last November celebrated the consecration of the rumba as a World Heritage Site, hopes that the point, another representative musical genre of the Caribbean island, will suffer the same fate this year.

The Neapolitan pizza, the Panama hat and the Cuban point aspire to become Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, a distinction that contributes to the survival of these expressions handed down from generation to generation.

The decision will be taken during the annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which will be held from December 4 to 9 in South Korea.

A total of 34 traditions or live expressions, including four Latin American ones, intend to enter the prestigious Unesco representative list of intangible heritage, which already includes traditions such as tango, Fallas de Valencia or the millenary philosophy of yoga.

Italy, champion of the Material Heritage of Humanity, seeks to reinforce its presence in Unesco’s lists of immaterial expressions with one of its culinary emblems: the Neapolitan pizza.

Italians have turned to social networks to defend the candidacy of this art currently practiced in Naples for about 3,000 ‘pizzaioli’ and that according to its promoters “plays an essential role in social life and in the transmission between generations.”

“We are confident in our candidacy because it is strong and its message to the world is clear: the victory of the Neapolitan pizzaioli art would represent the triumph of an authentic handicraft culture,” said Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, president of the Italian environmentalist foundation UniVerde, in a statement.

If the result is positive “we will celebrate giving away pizza in the streets”, promised Sergio Miccù, president of the pizzaioli association of Neapolitans, contacted by the AFP.

– Music, miniature crafts and folklore –

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – Mario Laporta – | Italy, champion of the Material Heritage of Humanity, seeks to reinforce its presence in Unesco’s lists of immaterial expressions with one of its culinary emblems: Neapolitan pizza

Cuba, which last November celebrated the consecration of the rumba as a World Heritage Site, hopes that the point, another representative musical genre of the Caribbean island, will suffer the same fate this year.

The Cuban point or guajiro, as it is also known, was born among the Spaniards settled in the 17th century in the fields. Performed with stringed instruments, it was enriched through the years with other rhythms born in Cuba such as guaracha and son.

The Unesco committee will also examine the candidacy of Bolivia, which applied this year to the traditional Alasitas craft fair.

This fair opens every January 24 in the Andean country. For a month, thousands of Bolivians buy all kinds of miniature crafts – houses, cars, money, appliances and professional titles – that represent their greatest desires, waiting for them to come true.

It is also common for Bolivians to acquire plaster and metal animals during this fiesta, such as toads that represent luck, owls that refer to intelligence or wisdom, or roosters and chickens for singles to get married.

– Emergency safeguard –

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – Rodrigo Arangua – | Panama presented for its part the candidacy of one of the most characteristic pieces of its folklore: the sombrero pintao

Panama presented for its part the candidacy of one of the most characteristic pieces of its folklore: the sombrero pintao. “This is the first candidacy of our country, it would be an extraordinary recognition,” said Emma Gomez, coordinator of the safeguard program of the Panamanian Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Peru will defend its Corongo Water Judges system, an indigenous tradition of community care and equitable distribution of water in the countryside, based on the principles of justice and equity, dating back to pre-Hispanic times.

In the category of intangible heritage whose preservation requires urgent measures, Unesco will examine in this XII edition the situation of the work songs of plain Colombian-Venezuelan.

These verses sung a cappella by men on horseback who herd cattle are currently threatened to disappear with the livestock industry, because now the animals are transported in trucks and milking is mechanized.

Unesco annually receives hundreds of requests from the 175 States that ratified the convention, but accepts to consider just under 50. Its experts present favorable or unfavorable recommendations to a committee composed of 24 countries, which makes the final decision.

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