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02.12.2016

The fair of Koprivshtitza has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Fair of Koprivschtitza of folklore art has become the fifth element to be
inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of mankind after the Bistritsa Babi archaic polyphony, dances and rituals from
the Shoplouk region, the Nestinarstvo, the national tradition of Surova from Pernishko and the Tschiprovtzi carpet production. The decision has been adopted by the Intergovernmental Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage, which has acknowledged the Fair as a universal value during its session at Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

During the last 50 years the Fair of folklore art in Koprivschtitza has demonstrated the genre variety and the extraordinary richness of our folklore heritage, combined with the unique renaissance atmosphere of this beautiful Bulgarian town.   The fair has affirmed itself as a movement for the safeguarding and promoting the Bulgarian traditional culture, known today as intangible cultural heritage. The intangible cultural heritage is a spiritual richness, which every nation has created throughout the ages.  The songs, the traditions, the handicrafts and the rituals do form out our cultural image and creative existence.  They are the living connection between our past, present and future and it is exactly why we have to safeguard them and transmit it to the forthcoming generations.  They are the foundation on which the mutual respect for the various communities is being built, they also
constitute the foundation for the encouragement of social and economic development.

This is a universal recognition for the Bulgarian experience in the safeguarding and the popularization of the intangible cultural heritage.  With its 50-year-history the Fair has reaffirmed itself as a unique practice, which Bulgaria shares with the world.  This national Folklore Fair is being awaited by the whole Bulgarian nation as an important event.  This is considered one of the most triumphant celebrations of the Bulgarian spirit.  The Fair of Koprivschtitza is the first Bulgarian element inscribed on the UNESCO List of best practices for the safeguarding and the popularization of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.