Practiced in family circles, with neighbors and in communities in festive and religious events, rumba ‘mixes tradition and contemporaneity and promotes feelings of self-esteem and belonging among its practitioners,’ the text says.
‘It also brings together individuals of all sexes, social class, geographical origin or religious beliefs, reinforcing social cohesion, mutual respect and favoring harmonious relationships between individuals and communities.’
‘It highlights the diverse origin of rumba, with African, Spanish and African-Caribbean roots, which helps promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.’
The 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage will begin in Addis Ababa in late November. It will analyze Cuba’s candidacy and other proposals from many countries.
Other applications include the culture of beer in Belgium and China’s 24 solar periods–the knowledge of time and practices developed through the observation of the annual movement of the sun.’