In Europe, the traditional circuses of Finland (2018), The Netherlands (2013) and Hungary (2016) have already been taken into the National Inventory of Living Heritage under the UNESCO Convention. Now a South American country, Chile, joins the ranks of this esteemed group. They hope that more and more countries will work toward this distinction, and achieve widespread recognition for the circus arts as part of UNESCO’s “world heritage.”
In a decision met with loud applause from the circus community, Chilean traditional circus has been entered into UNESCO’s Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage by the unanimous vote of Chile’s Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage. The vote occurred at the first yearly session of the Ministry, held online and in-person at the historical Pereira Palace, located in downtown Santiago. Through their decision, the Ministry highlights the special place of circus in Chilean culture, designating it for protection under UNESCO’s conventions. On the heels of the announcement, representatives of Chile’s circus community gathered inside the Palace auditorium to celebrate. Coming to greet them all was the Secretary of State, who remarked, “The circus is in the heart of all Chileans, and of all Chilean women. It brings together children, young people, and families. Circus creates a community.” The Ministry president and Minister of Cultures, Consu...
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