Social practices and knowledge related to the preparation and use of the traditional plum drink – šljivovice”, an element of the intangible cultural heritage of Serbia, was entered today on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The decision on the inscription was made by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Preservation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at its 17th session held in Rabat, Morocco.
In 2021, the Ministry of Culture nominated šljivovica for the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and the nomination was prepared by the Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage of Serbia at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade with the participation of heritage holders, local communities, institutions and non-governmental organizations, associations, and the proponents are Etnografski museum in Belgrade and the Čačak National Museum.
The nomination, which brings together the culture of plum cultivation, traditional crafts, food culture and customs, as well as the baking of plum wine and its use during private or public events, reflects the wide spread of the element and best shows how traditional skills and practices can be developed in a modern environment, preserving its importance even in the conditions of the development of modern society.
Elements on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage from Serbia are family glory (2014), kolo – a traditional folk dance (2017), singing with the fiddle (2018) and Zlakusko pottery (2020).