Argentina to Support Jamaica’s Move for Inscription of Reggae to UNESCO’s Culture List

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…Only four months after securing Jamaica’s first ever historic listing to UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List, with the Blue and John Crow Mountains, the government is set to begin the process of safeguarding the island’s Reggae music, Caribbean 360 reports…

Intangible cultural heritage is defined to include oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. As noted by UNESCO the importance of intangible cultural heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next.

The social and economic value of this transmission of knowledge is relevant for minority groups and for mainstream social groups within a State, and is as important for developing States as for developed ones.[…]

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Only four months after securing Jamaica’s first ever historic listing to UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List, with the Blue and John Crow Mountains, the government is set to begin the process of safeguarding the island’s Reggae music, Caribbean 360 reports.

And it’s getting support from Argentina which successfully inscribed Tango to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity in 2009 as a joint nomination with its neighbour Uruguay.

According to the Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, the Argentinean mission to Jamaica, led by Ambassador Ariel Fernandez, has pledged technical support for Jamaica to guide the detailed process towards formally safeguarding Reggae as an element that demonstrates the diversity and overwhelming impact of Jamaica’s heritage, as well as raise awareness about its importance as an ICH on the global stage.

“Jamaica, through the existing Bi-Lateral Cultural Agreements with Argentina, will be leveraging the expertise of…

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