The inclusion of Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is a great satisfaction for France
The UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, gathered in Windhoek, adopted unanimously, on December 1st 2015, the Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
This was a joint project of Andorra, France and Spain.
The Committee considered that the project was relevant to each 5 evaluation criteria of the UNESCO’s organism dedicated to the analysis of the different projects submitted. The project was said to remarkably highlight the symbiosis between nature and culture to promote values of solidarity, hospitality, and intergenerational transmission and to strengthen the feeling of belonging, identity and continuity of the trans-Pyrenean communities. The Committee underlined that these 3 States’ association was exemplary and reminded the importance to submit cross-cultural projects.
The “Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees” is a project founded by local associations which was then supported and presented by the governments of the 3 countries. It involved 63 communities spread along Andorran, Spanish and French Pyrenees which showed a strong and constant engagement towards the project.
On Thursday, December 3rd the Declaration of Andorre-la-Vieille has been signed between the 3 States to officially promote this tradition in the Pyrenees.