The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNUESCO), meeting this Wednesday within the framework of its sixteenth session, responded favorably to the candidacy of the Kingdom of Morocco for the inscription of Tbourida on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO, represented by Ambassador Samir Addahre, welcomes this inscription which constitutes “an international recognition of an Arab-Amazigh civilizational heritage unique in the world and to which Moroccans are very attached”.
Tbourida is a practice which establishes a strong relationship between man and horse and encompasses a repertoire of traditional music and songs, noted the Moroccan diplomat, adding that in order to protect its intangible heritage, “Morocco has inscribed in its own Constitution respecting and safeguarding its cultural diversity, in particular Amazigh, Hassan, African and Jewish”.
For the president of the Nominations Evaluation Body, the nomination submitted by Morocco meets the five criteria required by the Committee, noting that Tbourida has importance for cultural identity and collective memory of Morocco and its communities and contributes to sustainable development through the breeding of horses and the manufacture of clothes and saddles from local materials.
Appearing in the 14th century, the Tbourida, or Fantasia, is a constitutive element of Moroccan heritage, both from the angles of oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, as know-how linked to traditional craftsmanship.