UNESCO and our ENTRE-SAMBRE-ET-MEUSE traditional marches
Since December 2012, traditional marches in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse are listed on UNESCO‘s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
From 2004, six Marches at St Feuillen de FOSSES-la-VILLE, and Ste Rolende in GERPINNES, FLORENNES and WALCOURT, St Roch de HAM-sur-HEURE, Madeleine de JUMET, St Roch de THUIN and Trinité de WALCOURT have received the title of Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of the French Community.
In2011, nine other Marches join them: St Roch and St Frego in ACOZ, St Pierre de Biesmerée, St Pierre and Paul in FLORENNES, St Pierre in THY-le-CHATEAU, St Pierre in Villers-deux-Églises, St Pierre in MORIALME, St Eloi in LANEFFE, Ste Anne in SILENRIEUX and finally St Fiacre in TARCIENNE.
These are the fifteen Marches that have played the role of standard bearers for the recognition of our superb and unique heritage on a global level.
For UNESCO, this intangible heritage includes practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills that communities, groups and individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage.
This heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history. This gives them a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.
We better understand, in the light of this definition, why the traditional Entre Sambre et Meuse marches have their place in this representative list. Recognition will safeguard and enhance this heritage and help it to meet the many contemporary challenges of sustainable development. It is also a significant source of income and employment.
I invite you to consult the page on the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse Marches on the UNESCO website.
You will find the dates of the different AMFESM (Association of Traditional Marches in Entre Sambre et Meuse) marches below.
Date: Lieu: Marche: Messe: Départ: Rentrée: Point fort: