• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Presents Samba de Roda as Mankind’s Heritage

The National Non-material Heritage Program, launched yesterday by Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, combines a series of measures for the identification, recognition, preservation, and promotion of non-material cultural values.

The program will be administered in conjunction with federal, state, and municipal institutions, non-governmental organizations, development agencies, and private entities in the areas of culture, research, and financial support.


The occasion also served to propose the Circle Samba (“samba de roda”) of the Bahian Recôncavo (coastal region around the state capital, Salvador) as a candidate for the status of Masterpiece of Mankind’s Oral and Non-material Heritage.


The title, which is conferred by UNESCO, is a way to treasure and protect countries’ non-material cultural output. UNESCO will announce the result in July, 2005.


In 2003, UNESCO bestowed this honor on the Kusiwa graphic art and body-painting of the Wajãpi tribe in the northern Brazilian state of Amapá.


President Lula declared his intention to ratify the UNESCO convention for the preservation of the cultural and non-material heritage.


This convention, according to the President, will integrate other international, multilateral instruments designed to protect mankind’s cultural and natural heritage.


“By assuming this position before the international community, we are reaffirming our ideals and our customary actions on behalf of cultural diversity and sustainable development,” he said.


Agência Brasil
Translator: David Silberstein

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

War of Admen in Brazil May Lead to Lula’s Impeachment

It was adman versus adman in Brazil’s Post Office CPI investigating corruption in the ...

Lula Leaves Hospital After First Chemotherapy Session

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva should be released later today from the ...

New and Old Wells Get Brazil Record Oil Production Boost

Petrobras, Brazil's government-controlled oil and gas corporation, set a new monthly oil production record ...

Brazilians Caught in Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme Are Keeping Mum

Wealthy Latin Americans, among them Brazilians, are among the biggest victims of an alleged ...

US Taxes Brazilian Shrimp. Brazil Reacts Cheerily.

Brazilian shrimp are subject to a 10.4% surcharge on exports to the United States, ...

AIDS drug Kaletra from Abbott

In Showdown with Brazil Over AIDS Drug Patent, Abbott Blinks First

On June 24, Brazil issued an ultimatum to the Illinois-based pharmaceutical corporation Abbott Laboratories ...

July Shaping Up as Another Record Breaking Month for Brazilian Exports

Brazil’s Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando Furlan, stated today that ...

Majority of Brazilians Believe Lula Is Involved in Kickback Scandal

The head of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party has resigned, amid a corruption scandal that ...

25% of Brazilian Workers (13.8 Million) Have No Formal Job

There are 13.8 million Brazilian workers in the informal job market. They are almost ...

Brazil Uses Internet to Monitor Environment Projects Across the Nation

Brazil’s Ministry of Environment has just launched the Agenda 21 System, a technological tool ...