In 2017 the DCHPII project analysed the “nominations films” of the 37 ICH elements inscribed in 2016 UNESCO’s lists. Considering the UNESCO recommendations, the format of these videos should highlight the communities’ speech. They should be the “first voice” in the video.
However, the analysis showed that, in practice, only 15% gave special attention to the voices of the bearers and practitioners. Instead, 85% of them use, above all, an expert or a journalist voice over to explain the cultural expression.
We highlight here the video of Carnival of El Callao because it is one of the videos (of the elements inscribed in 2016) that gives expression to communities, showing their opinions and meanings.
"The Carnival of El Callao, practised in communities of Venezuela, is associated with cannes brulées emancipation celebrations in French-speaking islands of the Caribbean. Running from January to March, the traditional practice features parades of people dressed as characters from history and fantasy, as well as calypso music, dancing and concerts throughout town streets with up to 3,000 people taking part." (UNESCO.org)
Video & Photo © Centro dela Diversidad Cultural, 2015