“Hunan-style” Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection for 15 Years
Changsha’s intangible cultural heritage promotion and presentation activities to mark the Cultural and Natural Heritage Day were held at the Changsha Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall on June 14, 2019.
Starting in 2005, Hunan has engaged in intangible cultural heritage protection for 15 years.
There are 118 national intangible cultural heritage items with 121 inheritors; 324 provincial items with 304 inheritors; 894 municipal items with 970 inheritors; and, 2,706 county-level items with 2,446 inheritors. Six items were bundled by the national authority to apply for the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage title. They are Kunqu Opera, Duanwu Festival custom at Miluo Riverside; Hunan shadow puppetry; Hengshan shadow play; Miao people’s celebration for the coming of autumn; and, Anren’s “Ganfenshe” Spring Ploughing Ceremony.
Between 2006 and 2019, 297.27 million CNY from the central government, and 49.19 million CNY from Hunan government, have been put into Hunan’s intangible cultural heritage protection.
Since 2015, Hunan has completed the recording of intangible cultural items presented by 38 state-level inheritors, and digital recording of 27 provincial items.
As of now, Hunan has established intangible cultural heritage protection offices in nine cities, and protection centers in all the 14 cities and prefecture, and 122 county-level administrative regions.