Fado – Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Declared as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, Fado became on November 27, 2011 the first Portuguese artistic expression to be recognized by this organizational institution.
The candidacy came about in June 2010, through an initiative of the Lisbon City Hall and the Fado Museum, to value this Portuguese musical style. It was approved a year later at the VI Intergovernmental Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which took place in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali.
This distinction praised fado as a tradition and expression of the country's cultural identity, with names like Mariza and Carlos do Carmo as ambassadors.

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