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Fado elected World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO

All About Portugal

Fado was worthly elected as World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. This distinction is the recognition of the importance of Fado has a symbol of the uniqueness of the country’s soul.

The UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage approved today, in Bali, the inclusion of Fado as a World Cultural Heritage genre.

Fado elected World Cultural Heritage – the reactions

The announcement was widely celebrated not only in Bali, but across Lisbon, who prepared several events to celebrate this special event. The Fado Museum was opened all the weekend, and several free concerts take place all over the city of Lisbon.

A lot of people considered fado as a sad song. Fado is joy (…) and this achievement is a music, singers, musicians and composers recognition“, António Costa the mayor of Lisbon, said in Bali after the announcement.

Fado is a genre widely practiced by various communities in Lisbon, represented by numerous neighbourhood associations and other grass-root groups as well as by individual agents such as artists (singers and musicians), authors (composers and poets), instrument makers, book and record publishers and other leading exponents of the genre’s practice. It is practised professionally both in the concert circuit and in a network of small ‘Fado houses’ with resident artistic staff, but it is also sung by amateurs in numerous grass-root associations located throughout all older neighbourhoods of Lisbon.

Its performers, both singers and players, usually come from an informal, orally transmitted training which takes place in traditional performance spaces and often in successive generations within the same families. The present nomination and the safeguarding measures proposed in it result from a significant involvement of representatives of these communities and practitioners in their conception and implementation.

Mariza “Gente Da Minha Terra”

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