The Spanish expression of culture known as “Tamboradas drum-playing rituals” was included on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage at the 13th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is being held until 1 December in Port Louis (Republic of Mauritius).

The “Tamboradas drum-playing rituals” bid includes places spread over a large part of Spain’s geography and sharing a common language through the organisation of group drumming rituals during Holy Week. The cities included in this bid are located in five different autonomous regions:

Andalusia: Baena (Córdoba)

Aragon: Albalate del Arzobispo, Alcañiz, Alcorisa, Andorra, Calanda, Híjar, La Puebla de Híjar, Samper de Calanda and Urrea de Gaén (Teruel)

Castile-La Mancha: Agramón, Hellín and Tobarra (Albacete)

Region of Valencia: Alzira (Valencia) and Alcora (Castellon)

Region of Murcia: Moratlla and Mula

The various communities and groups organise themselves under the Consorcio Nacional de los Pueblos del Tambor y el Bombo de España [National Consortium of Drumming Towns of Spain], which organises the national day of the drum every year. This event is celebrated in various places throughout Spain.

Spain, leader in heritage diversity.

With this latest declaration, Spain has consolidated its position among the leading group of countries with the most expressions of this nature, and especially as a country with the greatest heritage diversity.

The latest declaration means Spain is the country with the fourth-highest number of expressions included on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, with a total of 18 registered expressions.

In terms of World Heritage Sites, Spain is third on the UNESCO list with 47 declared sites. Spain is the only country of the top-three to have declarations in all UNESCO categories: world heritage cities, contemporary architecture, monuments, landscapes or sites.

In only 34 years, Spain has successfully positioned itself among the leading countries of the world with the most recognised expressions of culture thanks to a joint effort by the Spanish State and the regional governments, local council authorities and civil society.