Portuguese folklore “and all its artistic manifestations” were declared an immaterial historical and cultural heritage of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in order to preserve the Portuguese culture and memory.
According to information available on the official website of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro, “Portuguese Folklore, and all its artistic manifestations, such as Fandango, Roda de Roda, waltz with two steps, Choque,Corridinho, o the Gaio-verde and all other artistic manifestations in the public domain “, were declared” historical and cultural patrimony of immaterial nature, of the State of Rio de Janeiro “.
The goal, read on the site, is “preserve the culture and the Portuguese memory“, in that Brazilian state.
In the proposal of the bill, approved at the end of March, it is recalled that “the ties between Rio de Janeiro and Portugal transcend the colonial, metropolitan and imperial past” and that, “even after independence, Rio de Janeiro continued to receive various migratory influxes from Portugal “.
“With the arrival of the Portuguese and the deepening of their affection for the land, Rio de Janeiro has also imported its history, tradition and culture, including Portuguese Folklore. Thus, today, there are more than 30 traditional Portuguese associations scattered throughout the State of Rio de Janeiro, who seek not only to be an arm of Portuguese culture in Brazil but also a pole of dissemination of Portuguese Folklore to the Community and its descendants, “reads the text of the diploma.