UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is on an official visit to Nicaragua from 8 to 9 May 2013. During her visit, she met with President of Nicaragua, H.E. Mr. Daniel Ortega, and took part in the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the intangible Cultural Heritage.
During the celebration, the Director-General attended a presentation of El Güegüense, representing the folklore of Nicaragua, inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. El Güegüense, a synthesis of Spanish and indigenous cultures combining theatre, dance and music, is considered one of Latin America’s most distinctive colonial-era expressions.
The Director-General also visited León Cathedral, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2011.