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Heritage and esparto grass are the protagonists of the second Summer Course in Vélez Rubio.

Heritage and esparto grass are the protagonists of the second Summer Course in Vélez Rubio
Heritage as a vector of change: Traditional housing and esparto grass culture

The municipality of Vélez Rubio is hosting from this Wednesday a second Summer Course, this time dedicated to heritage and esparto grass. It is a course that will not only focus on the region of Los Vélez, but will provide a more global vision with examples of heritage and history from other regions, with the idea of giving visibility to the culture of esparto grass as a representative manifestation of Intangible Cultural Heritage. “At its inauguration, the Vice-Rector for Communication and University Extension, María del Mar Ruiz, said she was convinced that during the event “important keys will be given to enhance the value of the legacy that we treasure, also taking advantage of the new ways of interacting with culture and heritage. “Different issues will be analysed, such as the historical approach and the declaration of the esparto grass culture as intangible heritage.

“Moreover, it is a heritage that could not be conceived without the culture of esparto grass, so deeply rooted in this land, especially in agricultural work”. We will always talk about heritage. The course began with the participation of Celeste Jiménez De Madariaga, lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Huelva, who gave the conference ‘Intangible heritage. In it, she explained that intangible cultural heritage is a type of heritage about which little is known.

“The characteristics of what we call intangible heritage are unknown, and what needs to be done to protect it. In recent years, thanks to the UNESCO lists of intangible heritage, this term is beginning to be heard by the public, the media and politicians, but there needs to be some specialisation in this type of heritage. This intangible heritage is more striking than the rest”. “As for its particularities, Jiménez stressed that it is a heritage that is “closer to the people.

“It is the lived heritage of many places, it is the living heritage, the heritage that our ancestors, our previous generations read to us and that passes from generation to generation, logically transforming itself, adapting to new circumstances”. For this reason, he explains that it is a very sensitive heritage, “precisely because it is an intergenerational transmission and if there is a rupture, if there are no longer the raw materials needed to maintain this heritage or if there is no longer a need or a use for this heritage, it is lost”. “There should be a greater commitment to try to protect and safeguard this heritage because there really is a lot of heritage that is being lost.


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