Intangible cultural heritage and the birth of international festival politics

The 2003 UNESCO convention on intangible cultural heritage aimed to protect and to valorise traditional rituals and festivals, as well as other forms of folk culture. this paper focuses on the consequences of such a protection, suggesting that it is connected with a new scale of festival politics th...

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Main Author: Fournier Laurent Sébastien
Corporate Author: International Society for Ethnology and Folklore : Working group on the ritual year : annual conference (9.) (2013) (Szeged)
Format: Book part
Published: 2014
Series:A vallási kultúrakutatás könyvei
Politics, feasts, festivals
Kulcsszavak:Kulturális örökség
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Online Access:http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/67093
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Summary:The 2003 UNESCO convention on intangible cultural heritage aimed to protect and to valorise traditional rituals and festivals, as well as other forms of folk culture. this paper focuses on the consequences of such a protection, suggesting that it is connected with a new scale of festival politics that develops at an international level. for this paper, the examination of some elements included in the intangible cultural heritage list (e.g. the Patum festival in Berga, catalonia, the carnival in Binche, Belgium, and the processional giants and dragons in france) brings evidence about the new concerns currently appearing when the festivals come under UNESCO protection. the local impact of the intangible cultural heritage label is examined, as well as the international criteria elaborated to decide which festivals can ask for protection. the paper shows that the new UNESCO international festival politics is different from the previous generation local and/or national festival politics. Different case studies show that the new UNESCO international festival politics can sometimes benefit the local festivals by connecting them with the fields of tourism and economic development. However, institutional protection can also deeply alter the spontaneous aspects of the festivals, eliminating incorrect rituals and sometimes changing the local structure of the ritual year.
Physical Description:111-120
ISBN:978-963-306-254-8
ISSN:2064-4825