An exhibit making the rounds of Brazil’s state capitals since last year showcases the country’s intangible cultural heritage.
Brazil has five elements inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: capoeira; the oral and graphic expressions of the Wajapi people; the Círio de Nazaré religious festival; frevo music and dance; and Bahian samba de roda. Brazil’s own National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute recognizes a total of 37 intangible cultural heritage elements, divided into four categories: Knowledge, Celebrations, Forms of Expression and Places.
The exhibit, titled Brazilian Intangible Cultural Heritage — The Living Celebration of Popular Culture, highlights a total of 38 elements; it’s on view at Caixa Cultural Brasília until March 27.
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