Frevo, the Pernambucan song and dance, has just been recognized at a ceremony in Paris as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The tradition was unanymously approved by the committee and was the only Brazilian item on the short list of 35 candidates. Of the total 120 traditions and practices protected by UNESCO, only 3 are Brazilian.
The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage comprises the traditions, practices, rituals, knowledge and works that integrate the identity and social cohesion of peoples and communities, transmitted over generations, with a list being drawn up each year. The goal is to protect this heritage, keeping it alive and safe, through education among communities.