The Biou d'Arbois winegrowers' festival revises its application for world heritage status

Wednesday April 14 2021 by Vitisphere

 The other application not selected this year was that of “the expertise of Parisian zinc roofers and decorators”. The other application not selected this year was that of “the expertise of Parisian zinc roofers and decorators”. - Photo credit : DR

For the third time, the application by the Biou d'Arbois winegrowers’ festival ranked among the French finalists to be included on the UNESCO list of intangible heritage, but was ultimately not selected on 26 March by the Ministry of Culture. In 2021, the “expertise and culture of the baguette loaf” will be presented by France at the seventeenth session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee, slated to convene at the end of 2022.

We think it's a shame that we were finalists but were not ultimately accepted”, lamented Valérie Depierre, the mayor of Arbois in Jura. She acknowledged the relevance of the selected applications, however, and said “we are going to revise our application so that it is more inclusive of people locally and nationally”, said Depierre, who is leading the candidacy along with the Jura Viticulture Society, the Fruitière Vinicole d'Arbois and members of parliament from Burgundy and Franche-Comté.

 

Listed nationally as French intangible cultural heritage since 2013, the Biou d'Arbois festival celebrates the patron saint's day and the liberation of the town every first weekend in September with the procession of a crown of grapes, heralding the harvest. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Biou ceremony took place in 2020. “The Biou has always taken place, even in times of war”, added Depierre, for whom “the festivities are a real part of our identity. The young people of Arbois who have had to leave to study and work away come back more on Biou day than to celebrate Christmas”.

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