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School youth festival seeks space in UNESCO heritage arts list

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School youth festival seeks space in UNESCO heritage arts list The application points out that thousands of students perform and prove their high skills in the festival at different levels.

Thrissur: The state school youth festival, Asia's largest art festival, is bidding for a place in the UNESCO's list of world heritage arts. The department of education has handed over to UNESCO authorities an application that details features of the youth festival.

Education minister C Raveendranath said further action is awaited. Koodiyattam, one of the items in the festival, has a listing in UNESCO's heritage lineup already.

The application points out that thousands of students perform and prove their high skills in the festival at different levels. Besides, this is a meeting place for several heritage art forms that deserve a UNESCO listing.

It also refers to the observation of green protocol and excellence in organization.

UNESCO has specific criteria for conferring world heritage status. A 21-member panel has to make the recommendation. The minister said a UNESCO team is expected to arrive for collecting data related to the youth festival.

The festival will find a place in the tourism map also if it gets a place in the world heritage list, boosting tourism in the state.

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