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16 November, International Flamenco Day [editar]

We celebrate the International Flamenco Day, an art and culture of Roma origin, but so universal that it is a World Heritage Site

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16 November, International Flamenco Day

We celebrate the International Flamenco Day. On 16 November 2010, 13 years ago now, UNESCO recognised Flamenco as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This was an international recognition of our art, our culture, which places it as an artistic and cultural expression of the highest category.

This recognition has been a springboard for flamenco. However, we cannot forget that long before this it was already internationally admired and respected. Our art, our culture, our music, our dance were already part of the heritage of the whole world. This is demonstrated by the fact that at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, Roma dancer Juana La Macarrona dazzled those present with her dancing, or that at the 1964 World's Fair in New York, Fernanda de Utrera sang her "pena por Soleá" to the astonishment of all.

Flamenco has long been present in every corner of the world. We find it every day in flamenco schools all over the world, attended with interest and passion by people in love with the art of Carmen Amaya or Manuela Carrasco.

It is also found in the homes of millions of people, enclosed in the recordings that preserve the voice of Camarón or Manolo Caracol. Thanks to them, every year in America, Japan or South Africa, generations of flamenco fans are introduced to our music and will never stop enjoying it. Flamenco is present and forms part of the identity of many people who have been born and raised in all the countries of the world.

It is important to highlight that, as recognised by UNESCO, flamenco has its origins in interculturality and especially in the Roma culture and the Roma people. Therefore, from the Fundación Secretariado Gitano, we want to join the celebration and, as an intercultural entity, take advantage of this legacy to claim it as an example of resistance, coexistence and as an open door to look without prejudice and to understand the world as a small courtyard of neighbours with a flamenco circle in the middle where, each one in their own way sings, dances, plays or simply enjoys the beauty of diversity.

Happy International Flamenco Day, long live flamenco, long live Roma culture!