A committee of experts has confirmed the place of tango on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, inscribed on 30th September. This follows a joint presentation between Argentina and Uruguay which promotes the symbolic meaning of the dance as forming a key part of both countries’ cultural identity.
The initial document requesting consideration had been submitted in October 2008. In March it received the approval of external experts. The final step was a decision reached over the course of the fourth meeting between the 24 Member States of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage at which 400 delegates were present in Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates. It was after this meeting that, along with 76 other inscriptions from various countries around the world, that a place on the prestigious list was confirmed for Argentina and Uruguay’s iconic dance.
In order to commemorate the event, a Grand Open Milonga organised by the Ministry of Culture is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in San Juan y Boedo. The Buenos Aires minister for culture, Hernán Lombardi, has declared of UNESCO’s decision that “this announcement represents both a recognition as well as an engagement to continue developing the distribution of the many different styles of tango and stimulating production through music, dance, singing and poetry competitions.”