A new intangible UNESCO heritage for Ticino: Lorenzo Cantoni talks to RSI

Fonte Ticino Turismo - Foto Luca Crivelli
Fonte Ticino Turismo - Foto Luca Crivelli

Institutional Communication Service

20 December 2019

The historic processions in Mendrisio were inscribed on 12 December 2019 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. "Il Quotidiano" talked to Professor Lorenzo Cantoni, head of the UNESCO Chair at USI.

In addition to the Castles of Bellinzona and Monte San Giorgio, Ticino can now count on another UNESCO heritage, this time part of the list of Intangible Heritage of Humanities. The path that led the historical processions to enter the world heritage list began in 2014. Prof. Cantoni explains to “Il Quotidiano” the candidacy process and the importance of this UNESCO inscription which, in an increasingly globalised world, protects the intangible cultural heritage to preserve traditional practices, trades and festivals, attracting the attention of the local, national and international community.  

The fourth international convention “Living Heritage and Sustainable Tourism” organised by USI UNESCO Chair will be held in Mendrisio from 6 to 8 April 2020: an example of how Ticino is home to important natural and intangible heritages such as the historical procession, when the streets are lit by the glow of ‘transparencies’: translucent paintings mounted on wooden frames and illuminated from within. The conference will welcome researchers from all over the world to reflect on how cultural heritage can be a source of promotion for tourism.


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