News ID: 205535
Published: 0655 GMT December 04, 2017

Naples pizza twirling seeks nod as UNESCO ‘intangible’ heritage

Naples pizza twirling seeks nod as UNESCO ‘intangible’ heritage
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Naples’ art of pizza twirling is a candidate to join UNESCO’s list of ‘intangible heritage’ this week along with a wealth of other cultural treasures.

Meeting on the South Korean island of Jeju, the UN cultural body’s World Heritage Committee will also consider whether to give special support for heritage that is struggling to survive, japantimes.co.jp wrote.

Naples’ candidacy for pizza twirling has created a buzz in the southern Italian city where the art has been handed down for generations — as well as around the world.

Some two million people have joined a petition of support of Naples’ application, according to Sergio Miccu, head of the Association of Neapolitan Pizzaioli, who will be in Jeju for the proceedings.

“We’re confident the vote will be favorable,” Miccu said in Rome, adding: “We’ll be giving out free pizza in the streets” if the age-old culinary tradition joins the prestigious list.

Thirty-four candidates are seeking to join the list of intangible heritage, which currently includes 365 traditions, art forms and practices.

The list of ‘intangible’ cultural treasures was created in 2003, mainly to increase awareness about them, while UNESCO also sometimes offers financial or technical support to countries struggling to protect them.

UNESCO began compiling a list for cultural and natural world heritage — physical properties such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat or the Grand Canyon in the United States — in 1972.

The World Heritage list now comprises 814 cultural sites, 203 natural ones and 35 with both natural and cultural qualities such as Australia’s Uluru National Park, formerly known as Ayer’s Rock.

The committee winds up its review of nominations to the list of Representative Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on Friday.

   
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