China's New Year Pictures Apply for Inscription of World Intangible Heritage
China will stake a claim to making
one type of its folk arts, the Spring Festival (or Chinese Lunar
New Year) pictures, listed among "masterpieces of the oral and
intangible heritage of humanity" accredited by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Xu Zhenshi, director of the New Year Pictures Committee under
the Chinese Publishers Association, said the application will be
sent to UNESCO soon. He made the remarks Wednesday at the opening
of the sixth exhibition of New Year pictures in Shanghai.
This exhibition is the largest one of its kind since 1949,
showing 1,200 pictures which display the evolving history of the
arts over the past century.
The New Year pictures is one of the most widely accepted types
of traditional Chinese folk arts. The pictures, which used to be
hung on doors or walls to lend a festive atmosphere, usually
depict folk stories or legendary figures in traditional Chinese painting techniques.
A few forms of Chinese folk arts have also been filed with the
same application to UNESCO, such as paper-cutting, Zheng (or a
Chinese zither with 25 strings), and Kunqu Opera, which was
honored by UNESCO on May 18 as one of the six masterpieces in Asia.
The next proclamation of masterpieces of the same kind will take place in May 2003.
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