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R53 –Ministerial Report from the Culture Secretary- Applications to UNESCO for eight UK traditions to be considered Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Following the consultation on what events and traditions should ask to be considered by UNESCO to be Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, I have considered the responses and reviewed them against what I understand to be the criteria UNESCO set.

The Government will be making an application for eight events or traditions that they believe meet the criteria. These are:

Bog Snorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill, Gloucestershire
Clog dancing in Wales
Morris Dancing
Notting Hill Carnival
The gathering at Stonehenge for the summer solstice
Up helly aa festival in the Shetland Islands, and
Wakes weeks in Lancashire.

Other suggestions do not appear to meet the criteria, except for fox hunting which I have rejected as it has been outlawed in the UK for over a decade.
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As I said before, the recognition of clog dancing has always been up there with my biggest priorities so this is an obvious aye

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But seriously, this will probably be the biggest abstain I ever give (if it goes to a vote)
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Objection - Yorkshire day should be included in this list.
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Welcome this call completely. These newly christened UNESCO Masterpieces are proud British bastions, key to our union and to the cultural enrichment we enjoy. My only criticism is that regions such as Yorkshire, Cornwall and indeed Northern Ireland miss out on conclusion. We should embrace all our cultural tenets, not pick and choose. Would it have done the Government any harm to pool choices from across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, including that trip across the Irish Sea and the drive across the Pennines, or even down the M1?
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Objection - Yorkshire day should be included in this list.
Hear, hear. The fact no event has been heralded from a county which would have been in the top 10 of the Olympic medal lists on every occasion since 2012 is nothing short of a disgrace. Frederick Sewards Trueman would be doing cartwheels in his grave!
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Where are Oxford's matriculation ceremonies?
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(Original post by Connor27)
Objection - Yorkshire day should be included in this list.
Nobody really does anything special to 'celebrate' that day.
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I back this, let's get those applications in.

To those folk wanting additions, we can always apply for them at any time in the future if we cannot agree now.
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Aye we need to showcase our English Heritage to the world
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(Original post by Baron of Sealand)
Where are Oxford's matriculation ceremonies?
In Oxford - usually?
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In Oxford - usually?
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(Original post by Baron of Sealand)
Where are Oxford's matriculation ceremonies?
I presume they're written down in the statutes of the university, rather than being folk heritage.
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Nobody really does anything special to 'celebrate' that day.
Not true - there is a ceremony with many attendees in York every year to celebrate Yorkshire day.
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I will abstain due to the lack of recognition of Boxing Day hunts
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Aye.
While other traditions, festivals and such may need to be added, this is a good list to start with.
Especially the cheese rolling... where else in the world would you see that?
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(Original post by SankaraInBloom)
Welcome this call completely. These newly christened UNESCO Masterpieces are proud British bastions, key to our union and to the cultural enrichment we enjoy. My only criticism is that regions such as Yorkshire, Cornwall and indeed Northern Ireland miss out on conclusion. We should embrace all our cultural tenets, not pick and choose. Would it have done the Government any harm to pool choices from across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, including that trip across the Irish Sea and the drive across the Pennines, or even down the M1?
It would not have done any harm. The list was drawn up after a consultation, a pity that some other suggestions were not made. The only exception to this was that before I brought the initial consultation before the House I did not suggest traditions which have political sensitivities such as those around 1688/1690 or 1916 in Northern Ireland, or 1605 in some towns and villages in England.

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I back this, let's get those applications in.

To those folk wanting additions, we can always apply for them at any time in the future if we cannot agree now.
Yes, it is only intended to be a start. Taking Belgium as an example as this is where I first became aware of UNESCO's work in this field, the Carnival in Binche was first proclaimed in 2003, but another one on the list, the Procession of the Holy Blood in Bruges was added to the list in 2009, and Belgian beer culture in 2016.
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Sounds good to me!
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Mr Speaker, i intend to oppose this statement in division.

Although i have no principled objection to any of the specifics, i consider this to be policy for the sake of policy and as somebody who believes in as little state intervention as is required i don't support this bureaucratic effort.
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Mr Speaker, i intend to oppose this statement in division.

Although i have no principled objection to any of the specifics, i consider this to be policy for the sake of policy and as somebody who believes in as little state intervention as is required i don't support this bureaucratic effort.
How on earth is applying to UNESCO state intervention???
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How on earth is applying to UNESCO state intervention???
I consider it needless. It is giving a bureaucrat work to do for the sake of it.
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