This man-made structure, unique for its living characters, was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013 (together with Lily's Festival in Nola, The Descent of Candelieri in Sassari, The Transport of Santa Rosa Machine in Viterbo).
The recognition opened up new perspectives for the region of Calabria by promoting cooperation between the actors of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and public and private institutions. This event boosts the cultural activity in this region of Italy, which, in turn, is beneficial to the touristic sector. During the time of Varia di Palmi, citizens of Calabria who reside in different regions of the country, or abroad, return ‘home’ to live the saintliness of this event.
Moreover, the future of the “Varia” as a pole of attraction within the underway new territorial entity “Metropolitan Area of Reggio Calabria” will create new growth opportunities, and an extremely positive outcome for the community.
Salvatore Celi - YRA in Calabria
Student - BA in Political Science and MA in Public Administration
Credits for the picture: Ph. Giancarlo Parisi