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Cante Alentejano inscribed as Intangible Cultural Heritage [Alentejo, Portugal]

«Cante Alentejano is a genre of traditional two-part singing performed by amateur choral groups in southern Portugal, characterized by distinctive melodies, lyrics and vocal styles, and performed without instrumentation. (…) Transmission occurs principally at choral group rehearsals between older and younger members. For its practitioners and aficionados, cante embodies a strong sense of identity and belonging. It also reinforces dialogue between different generations, genders and individuals from different backgrounds, thereby contributing to social cohesion.»

The Cante was inscribed during the ninth session of the Intergovern- mental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, on November 27, 2014. Source: UNESCO

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Documentary on the Cante Alentejano, supporting its candidacy.