Tatarstan wants to include Sabantuy and Karavon in the UNESCO world heritage list

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Bogodeeva in photobackpack Sabantuy. Archival photoTatarstan wants to include Sabantuy and Karavon in the UNESCO world heritage list© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Bogodeeva the image Bank

Tatarstan has to present the Tatar national holiday Sabantuy and the Russian folk festival Karavon that have already become brands of the Republic, for inclusion in the list of intangible cultural heritage in the event of the accession of the Russian Federation to the UNESCO Convention on intangible heritage, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Tatarstan state Counsellor, head of the Republican Fund «Vozrozhdenie» Mintimer Shaimiev.

On Sunday the decision of the 41st session of the world heritage Committee of UNESCO, held in Krakow, Poland, the Cathedral of the assumption of the island-town of Sviyazhsk in Tatarstan was included in the list of UNESCO world heritage site. Informed by the world heritage organization has already recognized the Kazan Kremlin (2000) and the ancient city of Bolgar (2014).

«I is now the problem of intangible heritage. Russia is a unique Federal state, multinational, multi-religious, where many people live on their ancestral territories, maintaining their own customs and traditions. I would like to have these age-old traditions coming from the depths of centuries, also became a world heritage site. The world has a right to know more, for example, about the Tatar national holiday Sabantuy, or the Russian folk festival Karavon» — said Shaimiev.

The state adviser of Tatarstan said that Russia is very rich in such unique phenomena, such as throat singing, which is owned by the individual peoples of Russia and which also could be a intangible world heritage.

However, according to Shaimiev, at the present time Russian Federation has not yet ratified the International Convention on the protection of intangible cultural heritage.

«Even if we really wanted, today no our application will not be considered, because in this case the state must be a member and the applicant. In the case of Russia’s accession to the Convention, I have great confidence that we could as well as do other objects, to provide Sabantuy and Karavon, observing national balance,» he explained.

While Shaimiev said that this decision, of course, cannot be made spontaneously, you must do the long hard work.

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