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Bloemencorso Bollentreek - Dutch Immaterial Cultual Heritage.

We are delighted to announce that our Bloemencorso Bollenstreek has been added to the Dutch Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage. How incredibly special!''This is certainly a gigantic feather in the cap for each of our 1500 volunteers'', according to chairman Willem Heemskerk, himself also one of this large, dedicated group of individuals. ''Thanks to their dedication over the last 75 years they have become a cultural heritage community with the task pf preserving the tradition for the future. That we have received this recognition in our 75th Jubilee year makes us even prouder. We are delighted that our parade decorated with hyacinths, tulips and daffodils supports our national identity and is an advertisement for the bulb industry in general"

Extraordinary Organisation

The official addition to the register will take place in December. Willem Heemskerk and treasurer Marcel van Schaik will sign on behalf of the 1500 volunteers together wiht Marco van Baalen, the director of the Centre for Immaterial Cultural Heritage. The parade could not think of a better way to start the 75th anniversary year.Intangible cultural heritage is the bridge between present, past and future. It is culture of today, creates a sense of connectedness with earlier generations and is at the same time future-orientated, because people wish to pass it on to next generations.

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Volunteers are extremely important

Willem Heemskerk, “I would be delighted to raise a glass to this recognition together with our volunteers, but the current Covid regulations make this impossible. Via this message I would like to congratulate and thank all those volunteers in the seven towns and outside who make up our Bloemencorso Community. We are extremely proud of our volunteers, and they are hugely important for future for the parade. Their dedication cannot be expressed in words. Long live Bloemencorso Bollenstreek"Intangible cultural heritage is the bridge between present, past and future. It is culture of today, creates a sense of connectivity with earlier generations and is at the same time future-orientated, because people wish to pass it on to next generations. There is no subsidy attached to the recognition.
The addition of Bloemencorso Bollenstreek helps protect the heritage. This is the start of the protection in accordance with the UNESCO treaty relating to the protection of immaterial cultural heritage. The Centre of Knowledge helps by evaluating the progress of this heritage maintenance every three year.

Bijschrijving van het Bloemencorso Bollenstreek in de Inventaris Immaterieel Erfgoed draagt bij aan bewustzijn van het belang van dit erfgoed binnen en buiten de gemeenschap. Het is geen erkenning, maar een onderkenning dat het immaterieel erfgoed zorg behoeft en dat een gemeenschap zich daarvoor wil inzetten. Er is geen subsidie aan verbonden.

Note: Bloemencorso Bollenstreek is a non-profit organisation. The 75th anniversary week of activities will take pace from 20th 23rd April 2022 with as highlight the colourful parade which travels from Noordwijk to Katwijk. For more information contact pers@bloemencorso.info www.bloemencorso.info Mail voor meer informatie naar pers@bloemencorso.info