20-24 November 2005: Kabuki proclaimed Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
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Kabuki is one of the 43 Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity proclaimed by UNESCO in 2005.
Kabuki is a Japanese traditional form of theatre. The plays, which are about historical events and moral conflict, are exclusively performed by male actors. Kabuki has several outstanding characteristics including unique make-up and costumes, poses, dances, music, as well as sophisticated revolving stages and trap doors.
The "Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" Programme was launched by UNESCO in 1997 to raise public awareness about the value of intangible heritage and the need to safeguard it.
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