The Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), will meet online, from December 13 to 18, to examine 55 new requests for inscription submitted by States parts, including that of “the Tbourida, presented by Morocco with a view to its inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, we learned from UNESCO on Wednesday.
The Kingdom is also part of a joint nomination alongside 15 Arab countries for “Arabic Calligraphy: Knowledge, Skills and Practices”, as well as another nomination submitted by 25 countries from different continents for “Falconry a human heritage. alive ”, with a view to their inclusion in the same list.
Morocco had officially deposited in 2019, with Unesco, the application file to inscribe “Tbourida” on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of Unesco. The file was prepared by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Department of Culture), in partnership with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Horse (SOREC) and the Royal Moroccan Federation of Equestrian Sports.
The “Tbourida” constitutes, within the national heritage, a major component of the practices related to the horse. This equestrian art, deeply rooted in Moroccan culture, is associated with both national and regional festivities. The “Tbourida” also crystallizes multiple dimensions of the intangible cultural heritage, in particular the rituals, skills and know-how relating to the traditional dress, to the craft industry, in addition to the oral legacy inseparable from this equestrian practice and the horse.
Composed of 24 representatives elected from among the 180 States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will have to examine 45 requests for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity , five requests for inscription on the List of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding and five proposals for inscription in the Register of good safeguarding practices, indicates on Wednesday the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( Unesco), in a press release.
The Committee will also examine three requests for international financial assistance submitted by Mongolia for bii biyelgee, a traditional folk dance inscribed in 2009 as in need of urgent safeguarding, by Timor-Leste for tais, a traditional fabric, and by Djibouti for Xeedho, the preparation of a culinary dish.
The Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention promotes the safeguarding of the knowledge and skills necessary for traditional craftsmanship as well as cultural practices passed down from generation to generation, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events or even knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe.
The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity currently has 492 elements inscribed. It aims to ensure greater visibility of the cultural practices and know-how carried by the communities.
The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding currently has 67 elements inscribed. It identifies the elements of living heritage whose sustainability is threatened and allows States Parties to the Convention to mobilize the international cooperation and assistance necessary to strengthen the transmission of these cultural practices in agreement with the communities concerned.
The Register of Good Safeguarding Practices currently has 25 projects. It identifies the programs, projects and activities which best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention.