Spanish Congress approves to promote the candidacy of Buñol’s Tomatina as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Spanish Congress of Deputies has approved on Tuesday the proposal of the Popular Parliamentary Group on the candidature of the Festival of La Tomatina de Buñol, to be included in the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
With 27 votes in favor and 7 abstentions, the Congress has approved by a large majority the Non-Law Proposal so that the Government, with prior approval by the Historical Heritage Council and its Working Group on World Heritage and Intangible Heritage will support and defend in appropriate international instances the registration of the candidature of the Festival of Tomatina de Buñol (Valencia) in the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.

From the City Hall of Buñol, Councilman of La Tomatina Rafael Pérez has expressed his satisfaction: «the declaration as an Intangible Cultural Heritage will give the Festival of Tomatina a new impetus as a cultural and festive activity, a new opportunity for its consolidation and international recognition that reaffirms that things are being done well.»

In the ‘Exhibition of reasons’ for the inclusion of the festival in the list of UNESCO it is highlighted that the Festival of La Tomatina coincides with the feast of the Patron Saint San Luis Bertran from Buñol, and that its origins date back to the year 1945. It is also explained that La Tomatina was banned between the years 1950 to 1957, and until the demand of the neighbors was officially reinstated. The document of the proposal also echoes the great international repercussion of the event, as well as the elements and values that make up the Buñol Tomato Festival considering «it deserves the protection granted to those elements of the so-called intangible heritage because it is a festive, cultural and social tradition of great complexity and coherence that Buñol’s neighbors and Valencians wish to maintain and preserve, from the public and private spheres, in order to transmit a living and authentic cultural legacy and to promote respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.«