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24/12/2017 - 07:00hs

UAE art joins UNESCO conservation list

Al Azi is an important cultural manifestation which reflects the society of the United Arab Emirates.

São Paulo – Al Azi, a type of performance art that is one of the key expressions of United Arab Emirates culture since Antiquity, has been added to a conservation list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Arabian Business reported.


Artists declaim poems in Al Azi performances

Al Azi has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage In Need of Urgent Safeguarding during a meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South Korea. The UNESCO list currently comprises 47 cultural conservation projects around the world.

This UAE artform is often performed at events to encourage pride, loyalty and national values. It consists of a number of poems recited by a singer and repeated by a choir with no background music or instruments. The male choir stands in line behind the main artist, symbolizing unity and solidarity.

" Al Azi's inclusion is reflective of our leadership's directives to support our authentic cultural heritage, and to emphasize its importance in building national identity and maintaining communication between different generations,” Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism told Arabian Business.

“It also contributes to the achievement of the Department of Culture and Tourism strategic goals in ensuring that the UAE national heritage is embedded in the constant development and progress of our nation,” he said.

UNESCO’s Intergovernamental Convention has enabled 140 living heritage conservation projects in 107 countries.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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