Maltese nominations for UNESCO’s list of intangible heritage
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The Government, through the Culture Directorate, has over the past couple of weeks started the process of nominating aspects of our national intangible heritage for the world-renowned UNESCO list for intangible heritage.
The Directorate said that intangible elements of Maltese culture, through this process, can be presented to UNESCO in order to be part of the world’s intangible heritage list, such as gastronomic elements, music, dance, and craftsmanship, among others.
Marina Perez, a UNESCO expert on intangible heritage, has been in Malta to advise the Culture Directorate on the application process.
This process, the Directorate said, can now be continued through the creation of a national inventory of intangible heritage from which the most eligible will eventually be presented to UNESCO for their consideration.
Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici explained how during this important year for culture in Malta, the Ministry will be working on giving our intangible heritage the importance it deserves.
He went on to say how intangible heritage is what provides us with our national identity, and that as a Government we are committed to preserve and keep it alive for future generations.
The Directorate said that this is all possible owing to the fact that in March 2017, the Maltese Parliament ratified unanimously the 2003 UNESCO convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.