Portuguese American Journal

UNESCO: Cante Alentejano to become Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – Portugal

The traditional Cante Alentejano, a polyphonic singing from Alentejo, southern Portugal, was designated by UNESCO to be listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The decision will be deliberated by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage during a meeting taking place on November 24 and 28 in Paris, France. The final pronouncement will be announced by UNESCO in December 2014.

“The Portuguese government welcomes the positive opinion attributed by UNESCO to the candidacy of Alentejo singing for Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,” Secretary of State for Culture Jorge Barreto Xavier said.

According to UNESCO, Portugal’s candidacy has met all conditions. “We have high hopes that Cante Alentejano will be listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,”  said Paulo Lima, in charge of the process.

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

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