Festival of folklore in Koprivshtitsa now enters UNESCO Register of Good Safeguarding Practices 2016

Photo: BGNES

At a session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Adis Abeba, Ethiopia, a decision was taken for the festival of folklore in Koprivshtitsa to be included in the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices. The latter already lists the carpet-making tradition of Chiprovtsi, the Bistritsa Grannies, the nestinarstvo barefoot dance on smouldering embers and the Surva New Year custom. The festival of folklore in Koprivshtitsa has now shown in the course of 50 years the genre variety and extraordinary wealth of the Bulgarian folklore inheritance, combined with the unique Renaissance atmosphere of this beautiful Bulgarian town. The festival has also turned into a movement for preserving and popularization of national traditional culture, called today intangible cultural heritage.

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