Unesco declares Dancing Devils world intangible cultural heritage
The Paris-based multilateral organization recognized the cultural expression of Venezuelan Dancing Devils early Thursday
Venezuelan Vice-Ministry of Identity and Cultural Diversity Benito Irady said minutes later at the hall where the decision was made that the action highlights one of the most significant expressions in Venezuela with a five-century history.
"From the 17th to the 21st century make five cycles of continued transmission from one to another generation of an exceptional event in several towns of Venezuela. Sure enough, we are reasserting with this decision at Unesco how significant is for us, Venezuelans, such status of multi-ethnical and pluri-cultural society as defined in our Constitution," he said.
Wearing the traditional masks and playing maracas, a representation exhibited its dance at the hall where the Committee made the decision.
For his part, Venezuelan Minister of Culture Pedro Calzadilla told state-run TV channel VTV that the country deserved the inclusion in the list, "not only for being world recognition, but also as a tribute by and to the people."
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.