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Portugal: Cante Alentejano listed Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – UNESCO

Cante Alentejano, the traditional polyphonic singing of Alentejo, mainland Portugal, was listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a special protected status by Unesco, the cultural arm of the United Nations.

The decision honoring Cante Alentejano was announced on Thursday by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting  in Paris, France.

The initiative of submitting the Cante Alentejano to the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was led by the Confraria do Cante Alentejano, co-promoted by the Casa do Alentejo and the Associação Moda and supported by the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva; Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho.

Portugal’s Cante Alentejano candidacy was first considered in March of last year but submitted to UNESCO in 2014. Fado music was listed  By UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012. 

Capoeiraa Brazilian martial art form originally created by African slaves, was also listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A combination of martial art, dance and sport, capoeira is performed to percussion and chanting. 

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