What part of your heritage would you protect?
French food, Spanish flamenco dancing and chants from the Pacific coast of Colombia have all been added to UNESCO's world heritage list. Should we all be doing more to protect our cultural heritage?
UNESCO the UN's culture and education agency considered 51 new candidates for its heritage list, which started in 2003 and aims to preserve the world's traditions considered under threat from globalisation.
The committee said the "gastronomic meal of the French" with its rites and its presentation, fulfilled the conditions for featuring on the list. Its inclusion will also please leading French chefs who had feared their cuisine was under threat from modern life and the global food industry.
Should more be done to protect food, music and dance? Or is enough of our cultural heritage already protected? Can protecting too much of the past prevent future growth and development? What cultural item from your country would you chose to protect and why?
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