13. Flamenco for Andalusia, Flamenco for Humanity: Regionalisation and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Spain
Matthew Machin-Authenrieth [+]
University of Cambridge
This chapter examines the relationship between flamenco’s declaration as Intangible Cultural Heritage and its development within Andalusia. Flamenco’s UNESCO status has strengthened the Andalusian Government’s own project of ‘regionalisation’ (Schrijver, 2007), where flamenco is promoted as a cultural marker for Andalusia and a ‘gift’ for humanity. This chapter analyses the close link between the UNESCO declaration and regionalist politics. Moreover, it considers points of conflict that have arisen as a result of the declaration, with a particular focus on the flamenco community of Granada. I argue that flamenco’s development as heritage runs the risk of stifling local flamenco diversity at the expense of a unified regional tradition.