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UNESCO adds Breton dance to world heritage list
The “Fest-Noz” traditional dance from France’s Brittany region earned official recognition on Wednesday when a committee ruled the dance worthy of inclusion on UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
A dancing festivity known as Fest-Noz, or “night party” in the Breton language, was added to UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on Wednesday.
Described by UNESCO as ”a festive gathering based on the collective practice of traditional dances of Brittany”, Fest-Noz has been praised for its ability to gather young and old alike in a tradition that helps to unite the local community as well as welcome strangers. It typically conjures up the image of a ring of revelers with arms linked, dancing to merry music amid abundant alcohol consumption.
France has gained coveted UNESCO status for 10 other traditions since 2009, including French gastronomy, tapestry from the town of Aubusson, lace from Alençon and traditional French equitation.