In the framework of the UNESCO program “masterpieces of the oral and intangible cultural heritage” list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity enriched the Ukrainian Cossack songs.

29 November 2016 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) the intergovernmental Committee for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage voted to include in the list in the category “Cossack songs of Dnipropetrovsk”. She passed expert evaluation of UNESCO without a single comment and is now included in the list of world intangible cultural heritage. A meeting of the intergovernmental Committee for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage will last until 2 December, reports UNN.

Still the status of “world intangible cultural heritage” in Ukraine had only Petrikov painting as Ukrainian artistic heritage. In the list of UNESCO it was included in 2013.

Cossack songs are sung of Dnipropetrovsk in the Cossack communities of Dnipropetrovsk region and tell of the tragedies of war and personal experiences of soldiers-Cossacks. Songs serve to maintain spiritual ties with the past, but could also be entertaining. There are three groups of singers: Krynica Boguslavska and primrose, they are attended by both men and women. This tradition is maintained in families, but its survival is under threat due to advanced age of the performers and the lack of mentors for the training of new generations, said the Dnipropetrovsk portal Gorod.

As reported by the Ukrainian edition, the inclusion of the Cossack songs in the list of UNESCO – the result of multi-year project, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Deputy of the Dnepropetrovsk regional Council Alexander Vilkul. “I thank the best experts of Ukraine and the world – scientists, musicians, historians, and everyone who helped us. A high level of training was confirmed by the international community and in early November we presented the nomination “the Cossack songs of Dnipropetrovsk oblast” as part of the Cossack epos Dnipropetrovsk region, has passed the expert evaluation in UNESCO without a single comment. And today she is rightly included in the List of urgent protection of the world intangible cultural heritage of humanity”, – said Vilkul.

UNESCO has made Ukrainian Cossack songs on the list of world intangible cultural heritage 30.11.2016

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