Ceramics have not had it easy, because Italy and Austria have put “very difficult” their inclusion in the prestigious category. According to Arancha Camacho, from the Tierras de Cerámica association diplomacy between countries has been strained when Spain has not supported the international candidacy of transhumance, formed by Italy, Austria and Greece (although it has been registered).
Tierra de Cerámica is an association of residents of Talavera, who six years ago decided to start the road that they have culminated today. “This recognition will allow safeguard measures to be taken, such as strengthening the generational change,” they explain from the association.
For José Guirao, Minister of Culture and Sports, “this handmade process of making ceramics deserves the declaration recognized Thursday by UNESCO”. In addition, he points out that it is these ceramics are a national and international reference.
“For the first time, Unesco’s list explicitly recognizes the strong cultural link that unites Latin America with Spain and helps boost international cooperation among Spanish-speaking nations around the Intangible Cultural Heritage,” said the minister.
The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity has 429 registered, to which we must add those elected this Wednesday in Bogotá, during the celebration of the XIV Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Unesco.
The “immaterial” category refers to the identity (and intangible) aspects that represent and claim a people, and Spain has 19 inscribed landmarks, including the Mediterranean diet, the fiesta of the courtyards of Cordoba, flamenco, the failures, the whistle Gomero or the mystery of Elche. In 2018 the dry stone architecture of the Mediterranean and the tamborradas were inscribed .
\The representatives of the 24 States have indicated, among the 41 candidates (including music and dance of the bachata, at the proposal of the Dominican Republic), the Spanish and Mexican proposal, thanks to the survival of the workshops that have inherited and perpetuated this activity , which spread throughout the Peninsula and arrived in Mexico at the end of the 16th century.
Thanks to a Talavera family that crossed into America. The dissemination and permanence are two of the objectives of these appointments to fight against ignorance and the disappearance of activities that make up the cultural identity of a society and the plural character that forms the expressions of a country.