“The two-voice singing in the town of Nedelino”, “The song – Past, Present and Future” of the Saints Cyril and Methodius – 1926 community center in the village of Satovcha and the Surva folk festival in Pernik region are some of the latest nominations of Bulgaria for the World Cultural Heritage Lists of UNESCO presented recently.
The Deputy Minister of Culture Prof. Mila Santova announced that our country has offered in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the world organization to be inscribed “the two-voice singing in the town of Nedelino” and “The song – Past, Present and Future” of the Saints Cyril and Methodius – 1926 community center in the village of Satovcha. “Chiprovtsi carpets” is the candidacy of Bulgaria in the sphere of traditional crafts, homemade stuffs and livelihood activities, and in the category of traditional festivals and rituals the Bulgarian proposal is “The Popular Festival Surva in Pernik”. Bulgaria puts forward two more entries for the Register of Best Practices of UNESCO – The National Fair of Folk Art in Koprivshtitsa, which will be held next in 2015, and the community center (“Chitalishte”) as a unique Bulgarian cultural institution.
All proposals addressed by our country to the world organization are prepared together with the local communities, because it is there that one can find the people who are carriers of traditions, added Senior Assistant Dr. Lina Gergova, a certified expert by UNESCO and participant in one of the working groups on the preparation of new nominations by our country. “The proposal for “The song – Past, Present and Future” has been prepared together with the singers who can sing in this distinctive and unconventional way”, said Lina Gergova emphasizing that the preparation of the nominations had offered an opportunity to collect some really good folkloric material about these masterpieces. According to her, the same is true for the two-voice singing in Nedelino.
The typical Nedelino two-voice singing has been preserved in its authentic form that is not to be found anywhere else in the country, said the Mayor of Nedelino Mr. Stoyan Beshirov. It has been studied for years by scientists from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and in particular by Academician Nikolai Kaufman, who has made a movie about that way of singing. The Mayor hopes that the Nedelino two-voice singing will get its rightful place in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and that this will help not only Nedelino and Bulgaria to be recognized, but will bring visitors from overseas to this Rhodope Mountain corner, as well.