June 18 to 26
In 2014, UNESCO welcomed Cante Alentejano in its precious list of local expressions classified as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In doing so this music, deeply rooted in Alentejo, was placed together with Fado and Flamenco among other planetary musical genres in the list of cultural assets to safeguard and protect. These songs enable people to build their identity, help them tell their stories and highlight what is unique about them. These songs are transmitted from one generation to the next, along with a legacy that shows a younger generation where they come from.