Cornélio da Silva, Guinea-Bissau's Director-General of Culture, announced today that the country wants the local Carnival and Tina Dance to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
Two separate UNESCO applications are underway, and the government has requested assistance from international experts, Cornélio da Silva said.
Guinea-Bissau's Director-General of Culture pointed out that the country's Carnival "is one of the finest in the world," given its potential, originality and diversity in the fields of dance, music, costumes and language.
Guinea-Bissau's biggest festivity will take place between March 2 and 5, with the Government holding a nationwide competition and awarding the three best groups.
The team of international experts will first conduct a community inventory to find out which artifacts are used throughout the festivity; according to Cornélio da Silva, this will be "one of the great challenges" for 2019.
The team will then conduct another inventory focusing on Tina dance and music, a well-known art form in Guinea-Bissau.
Tina is a Guinean dance form whose music is produced with a tank cut in half or a huge bowl with water. Tina playing and dancing is usually associated with women's cultural spaces.
"We want to do with Tina what Portugal did with Fado," said the Director-General of Guinean Culture while explaining the reasons behind the application for UNESCO Intangible Heritage status.