UNESCO puts Slovak, Czech puppetry on list of intangible heritage

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Puppet theater in Slovakia and the Czech Republic has been put on the list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

According to Juraj Hamar, chairman of the Slovak Culture Minister’s Council for the Protection of Traditional Folk Culture, the UNESCO body praised the “unique value of puppet theatre in Slovakia and the Czech Republic for the cultural heritage of humanity.”

“This type of theater unites dramatic, dramaturgical, staging, interpretation, scenographic, visual artistic and musical skills,” stressed Hamar, adding that other elements frequently include carving, painting and clothing puppets.

“The tradition of puppet theatre in both countries is especially strong,” Hamar said.

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