Meshrep UNESCO Marks

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ICH Domain Social practices, rituals, festive events, Urgent Safeguarding List
Name of UNESCO List Urgent Safeguarding List
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Location (Address) Meshrep is mainly practiced in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, in the area between east longitude 73°31´ and 96°30´, and between north latitude 34°and 49°31´. Xinjiang is located in the north-west border area of China, lying in the hinterland of the Euro-Asia Continent, covering a total area of 1.66 million square kilometers. In general, Meshrep is more popular among the Uygur communities in the rural areas surrounding the Tarim Basin on the south of Tianshan Mountain. This element is also practiced in neighbouring Central-Asian countries, such as Uzbekistan, Kirghizstan and Kazakhstan.
Name of National List National List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Management Organization of National List Intangible Cultural Heritage Department of the Ministry of Culture of China
Summary Meshrep could be simply construed as get-together or venue, which is widespread among the Uygur communities of Xinjiang and held on seasonal festivals and according to the cultural needs. Meshrep is rich in expressions and forms varying with the localities or cultural connotations. In general, Meshrep is the important venue and practice which carries the traditional culture of Uygur, including the performance arts such as music, dance, drama, folk performing arts etc. and acrobatics, games, oral literature, foodways etc. and also where to guide the public to learn and transmit the culture, arts, folk customs and ethics. Meshrep provides the continuous cultural identifications and cohesion for the concerned communities.
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