The traditional Wititi dance of Arequipa has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, according to a statement released by UNESCO.
At the 10th Session of Intangible Heritage Committee Windhoek, in Namibia, leaders announced the nominations to this year’s List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The list includes nominations from Egypt, Portugal, Afghanistan, among many others, and finally Peru’s Wititi Dance from the Colca Valley, Arequipa.
UNESCO published the list of the new nominations via a statement on their website.
Before listing the Intangible Heritage nominations it states, “The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity numbers 314 elements to date. It aims to enhance the visibility of communities’ traditions and knowledge without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity.”
The Wititi dance comes from the Colca Valley of Arequipa and is celebrated every year on Day of Wititi on July 14.