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The high polyphonic singing from Dolen and Satovcha was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

16 December 2021 News

During its 16th session, which took place in a virtual format from 13 to 18 December, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO decided to inscribe the High Polyphonic Singing from the villages of Dolen and Satovcha (Southwestern Bulgaria) in the Representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind.

The inclusion of this unique, multi-voiced, singing tradition in the world's treasury is a clear proof not only of its importance in preserving our national identity, but also of its contribution to the promotion of cultural diversity and dialogue. This undeniable success for Bulgaria is the result of close cooperation between all competent institutions: the Ministry of Culture, the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore with the Ethnographic Museum at BAS, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Commission for UNESCO, the Bulgarian Embassy in France, the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Southeast Europe, the municipalities of the villages of Dolen and Satovcha, as well as the women's singing formations of the two villages.

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