Dominican Republic Receives “Cultural Heritage of the Americas” Award in Recognition of El Merengue

The Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday awarded the “Cultural Heritage of the Americas” prize to the Dominican merengue as “cultural expression of the continent”, which was received by Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas.

A press release says that Vargas expressed his rejoicing on behalf of the Dominican Republic, its president Danilo Medina and his own. He also thanked the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, and the OAS for recognizing the historical and cultural value of the merengue, given that this musical rhythm “identifies us as a creative, ingenious people, but, above all, full of joy”.

Foreign Minister Vargas emphasized that “the significance of this award is brighter and more significant, whereas, and we want to highlight it here today, it contains within itself a gesture of continental generosity, but also, the confirmation of the validity and vitality of a indigenous musical expression whose primary motivation is to express ourselves as we are through the only universal language that exists: music”.

He recalled that in 2016 the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) included at this rate that identifies Dominicans on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which is another example of its impact international.

The Foreign Ministry explained that the event was attended by the president of the Permanent Council of the OAS, Andrés González Díaz; the Assistant Secretary General, Néstor Méndez; and the coordinating ambassadors of the regional groups Sica, Caricom and Aladi.

With them, several ambassadors, permanent representatives of the Dominican Republic and other member countries of the OAS.


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