28 Nov '11, 1pm

Mariachi music, Fado songs gain UNESCO listing

Mariachi music, Fado songs gain UNESCO listing

DENPASAR, Indonesia - Chinese shadow puppetry, the doleful Fado songs of Portugal and Mexico's Mariachi music made UNESCO's annual list of "intangible cultural heritage," which closed on Monday. After days of deliberation on Indonesia's Bali island, envoys added 19 new traditions, including South Korea's ramie weaving technique, Turkey's keskek meat dish and French horseriding to the prestige list. They join more than 200 practices already given the UN seal of approval, including oral traditions, performing arts, rituals and festive events. The list, which has been updated every year since 2009, consists of "intangible heritage practices and expressions (that) help demonstrate the diversity of this heritage and raise awareness about its importance," UNESCO said on its website. The body recognised Mariachi music for delivering "values of respect for the natural heritage" of...

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