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Opening Ceremony of the 14th session of the Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Colombia's President Ivan Duque Marquez and UNESCO's Director-General Audrey Azoulay were among more than 1,000 participants sho attended the opening on 9 December of the 14th session of the Committee for rhe Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage taking place in the Colombian capital under the chair of Maria Claudia Lopez Sorzano, until 14 December 2019. Performers from the Car ival of Barranquilla, inscribed on UNESCO's Representive List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008 escorted delegates to the auditorium where opening ceremony took place, before the Corbandas symphony orchestra performed a program of cumbia, fandago and merengue carranguero music. In her speech, Ms. Audrey Azoulay said that since its entry into force in 2006, the Convention for the Intangible Cultural Heritage "has been made stronger through its dissemination of an ambitious vision of heritage, the idea of living legacy that integrates practices, experiences, techniques and human knowledge nurtured over generations ... These expressions, stories, crafts, dances, music, customs and rituals express the wealth of our humanity." added Ms. Azoulay. "It is not a question of protecting them as mere fragile memories, but of safeguarding their full present vivacity, which offers us countless possibilities in facing contemporary challenges. "