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The Flemish Union received the title of 'intangible cultural heritage of humanity' by UNESCO (16/04/2011)

The President of the Autonomous Community, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, today presented the Mayor of La Union and CEO of the Foundation Cante de las Minas, Francisco Bernabé, the certificate that declares the flamenco as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a recognition that UNESCO adopted at the summit in Nairobi (Kenya) in November.

The mine 'Groups Vicenta' has been the site chosen to immortalize this moment, since it was precisely here, in the interior of a mine, which gave birth to the 'Contes Mining and Levante' like Taranta, mining, the Cartagena or levantica, whose maximum expression occurred between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century from the hand of mine development and Cartagena La Union.

The event, held just prior to the start a historic Via Crucis by the Sierra Minera, wanted to highlight the very particular cultural identity that distinguishes the Union from other cities considered 'Flemish' thanks to its mining and flamenco binomial and as the value of this appointment the candidates who chose 47 different countries, and also reached the edge of Sibyl de Mallorca, the Mediterranean diet and 'castles' Catalans.

The nomination of flamenco as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, presented in Seville for more than a year at an event attended by the International Festival of Cante de las Minas, was the result of joint work between the Government of Spain through the Ministry of culture, and communities of Andalusia, Murcia and Extremadura, through their Ministries of Culture.

In this sense, the mayor of La Union, Francisco Bernabé, expressed his "great satisfaction for this recognition in the Festival del Cante de las Minas has been heavily involved, and welcomed that" flamenco, genuine sign Spain's cultural identity, particularly flamenco of La Union, is officially universal, consolidating a status that had been won in advance by critics and audiences. "

Source: Ayuntamiento de La Unión

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