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Friday 14 December, our village got the fabulous news that the Dragonplay was accepted on the National list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
It is the crucial step to get accepted on the Unesco list of Cultural Heritage, this is something that our country will apply for.
Beesel did her “homework” to show that it is a healty living tradition in which knowledge is transferred from one generation to the other.
Why protect intangible cultural heritage?
To quote the site of Unesco: “The importance of intangible cultural heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next. The social and economic value of this transmission of knowledge is relevant for minority groups and for mainstream social groups within a State.” There is additional information that you can find on The Cultural Heritage page!
What does it mean for the play and the village?
The dragonplay is a once in 7 years festive event that re-enacts the mythical fight between St George and the Dragon. It is organized by and for the people of the village. This tradition is very deeply connected with Beesel, very visible as the Dragon is part of the city coat of arms.
The recognision of the tradition that started in 1736 is a wonderful accomplishment for all the people in the village in previously days and now.
More information and pictures are to be found on the Draaksteken website (only in Dutch).