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UNESCO agreed to officially list Thailand’s khon masked dance drama as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity

UNESCO’s 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage agreed to officially list Thailand’s khon masked dance drama as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity on Thursday. Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat, credited the success to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s contribution to preserve and improve the art. 

To celebrate the recent event, the Ministry of Culture will start holding khon-related activities until the end of next year, which will include live performances, animation films, exhibitions, children books, features and digital database. Contributors of the art will also be celebrated. 

For next year, the ministry plans to apply the Thai traditional massage and Nora, a southern traditional dance, to the UN Heritage listing as well.

 

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