The Málaga Council Plenary has approved an institutional motion of requesting that Verdiales be included in the Intangible Cultural World Heritage list. After this unanimous agreement, the Council will start the file and compile all the documentation required for this request.
The motion text states that "the recent natural space recovery for the celebration of the Verdial Competition, Montes de Málaga, together with another series of events that have given it great relevance during the past few years has allowed us to recover this part of our cultural heritage". (Editor's note: a verdial is a Flamenco music style and song form belonging to cante chico that is based on fandango. For this reason, verdiales are sometimes known as 'fandangos of Málaga'.) "Verdiales are registered as a Bien de Interés Cultural (Cultural Interest Entity) in the General Catalogue of the Historic Heritage of Andalucía in accordance with Decree 453/2010 and are included with code 4703001 in the Atlas of Intangible Heritage of Andalucía in the Modes of Expression category. Once the consultations that may be deemed necessary have been finalised and the selection criteria have been studied, the moment will have arrived of starting the file that will lead to securing the registration of Verdiales in the Intangible Cultural World Heritage Representative List.
The inclusion of this activity as an intangible cultural heritage meets the requirements defined in Article 2 of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage since it is a tradition that includes cante as a heritage vehicle, it is an art form that includes performing and it is social, ritual and festive that is transferred from generation to generation, that is constantly recreated by the communities and groups based on their environment of its interaction with nature and of its history where a sense of identity and continuity is instilled that contributes to the promotion of respecting cultural diversity and human creativity. It uses the knowledge, techniques, instruments and objects that originate from ancestral traditions for its representation and expression.
Its inclusion will contribute to inspire a sense of identity and continuity that will ensure that an expression that has evolved in response to its environment is shared while showing a creativity that has been forged and developed from generation to generation based on the nuclear family to the rest of the community. At the same time, awareness around its importance will ensue while a cultural diversity on a global scale will be highlighted.
In addition, safeguarding measures have been elaborated by the Public Bodies to guarantee the feasibility of this element and plans and projects have been implemented that include the identification, documentation, investigation, protection, appreciation, transmission and revitalisation of this cultural entity as well as sponsoring and subsiding the different bands (in Spanish pandas) through the Federación de Pandas de Verdiales (Verdial Band Federation), organising and disseminating activities related to verdiales from all possible fields: Fiesta mayor de Verdiales (Main Verdial Fiesta), the August Fair and Verdial Schools, realising editions and publications of studies, books and records and carrying out promotional actions with the inclusion of verdial band performances during events, competitions and activities in general.
Málaga Council can develop this proposal with the widest of participation from the community and interested parties and provide the dialogue as well as extending this to the other communities".