According to Director-General Bokova: “This is an unmanageable workload, and is, inevitably, unsatisfactory for States Parties and the communities whose intangible heritage is concerned. They will be disappointed if the Convention is unable to meet their expectations. States must now show restraint and everybody must understand that the system has reached, or even gone beyond, its own limits. A maximum of about 60 nominations only could be treated in each session under the present conditions.” (See Film Report: UNESCO History & Mission” - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/movie/unesco-historymission/26942).
On the other hand, Ms Bokova urged that the inscriptions had to be more geographically diverse for the List to remain credible. Since its creation in 2008, the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List includes a swathe of global cultural expressions, ranging from Turkey’s Kirkpinar oil wrestling festival and the Mediterranean diet to the watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks and the Peruvian scissor dance. (See Film Report: “Alim Qasimov Spiritual Music Legacy” - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/movie/alim-qasimov-spiritual-music-legacy/26734).
China Prose Storytelling in Danger:
As to highlight Ms. Bokova’s concerns, verse and prose storytelling heritage from north-eastern China that has only five remaining masters has been placed on UN List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage, part of these UNESCO meetings this week in Bali, Indonesia, inscribed Hezhen Yimakan storytelling 9Bottom Photo) on the list as it is danger of disappearing, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported. There had been 20 outstanding Yimakan masters during the 1980s, now only five are capable of performing some cantos, or the main divisions in long poems - consisting of “numerous independent episodes depicting tribal alliances and battles, including the defeat by local heroes of monsters and invaders.” Yimakan performers traditionally improvise their stories without instrumental accompaniment, alternating between singing and speaking, and using different melodies to connote different characters and plots. (See Film Report: (See Film Report: “UNESCO World Memory Report” - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/movie/world-memory/28444
Also Read: “New World Heritage Sites” - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/new-world-heritage-sites-by-susan/27782
For Complete List at UNESCI Intangible Heritage List - http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en&pg=00011
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