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."
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.