Monday, April 18, 2011

UNESCO to name Saman Dance world cultural heritage

UNESCO is set to officially list the Saman Dance from Aceh as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November.

“The Saman Dance will be announced as intangible world cultural heritage by UNESCO on November 19, 2011,” I Gde Pitana, Indonesian Culture and Tourism Ministry cultural and tourism resources agency head, said Monday in Jakarta.

He said UNESCO's recognition of Saman added to numerous Indonesian cultural products already recognized by UNESCO as among world cultural heritage such as wayang (shadow puppets), keris (traditional dagger), batik textiles and angklung (a set of Sundanese musical instruments).

Pitana said the announcement would be made at a ceremony in Bali, Antara reported.

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