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Sardine 'espetos' to be put forward for special Unesco status

It is hoped that the traditional 'espetos de sardinas' will be recognised by Unesco.
It is hoped that the traditional 'espetos de sardinas' will be recognised by Unesco. / SUR
  • The Spanish Cultural Commission is aiming to “protect and improve awareness of an element that forms part of the cultural identity of Malaga”

The Cultural Commission of the Spanish Senate has approved a move to push for the inclusion of the famous 'espeto' (sardines threaded onto a skewer) onto the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

“We want to protect and improve awareness of this element which forms a part of our cultural identity and unites the people of Malaga. It is vital that we get the espeto included in the Unesco list,” explained senator Manuel Marmolejo.

As Marmolejo explains, the espeto is a typical dish along the Malaga coast, associated with the towns with seafaring traditions, “although it's fair to say that Malaga can lay claim to it”.

The recipe for an espeto is just fish, salt, cane and fire and its inclusion in the Unesco list would recognise it internationally as a “unifying project” that is part of the “cultural identity” of Malaga and that unites all Malaga. “It is vital that we achieve it,” said the senator.

The espeto would join a long list of arts and traditions such as flamenco, the 'castells' (human towers), the 'silbo gomera' (a way of communicating by whistles used by inhabitants of La Gomera in the Canaries) and many other cultural elements unique to Spain.