Monday, November 15, 2010

Castellers - Intangible Cultural World Heritage by UNESCO

This Tuesday the international body of UNESCO votes on whether or not the "castellers" of Catalonia should be included among world patrimony.A delegation from Catalonia is currently at the UNESCO annual meeting in Kenya to see if this uniquely Catalan tradition, which has gained international recognition in recent years as more and more people travel to Barcelona and other parts of Catalonia, will be classified as Intangible Cultural World Heritage. The idea began in the Catalan Parliament in 2008 with the hope that the new exposure will bring more focus on the cultural and historical roots of events such as the "Castells".

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