Documentation, promotion and dissemination of the Candombe traditional drum calls, expressions of identity of the Sur, Palermo, and Cordón neighbourhoods in the city of Montevideo

  • Budget (US$): 186,875
  • Source: ICH Fund, granted in 2012
  • Dates: 09-2013/02-2015

Benefitting country(ies): Uruguay


With the objective of strengthening the practice of Candombe not only in Montevideo but also in other provinces of Uruguay by promoting its transmission to younger generations and reinforcing the safeguarding capacities of local associations of practitioners, the project started in September 2013. This late start is due to a one-year process of project development aiming to ensure greater sustainability of its results beyond the assistance from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund. The result is a greater emphasis on the integration of educational contents on Candombe in school curricula as well as in non-formal education initiatives. The project also gives a prominent place to exchanges among players of traditional Candombe drum calls as well as among practitioners, teachers, parents of students and schoolchildren.

For now, a multidisciplinary project team made up of members of the National Commission of the Cultural Heritage, the Advisory Group for Candombe and a number of local cultural associations working on cultural heritage of peoples of African descent is being put in place to organize the first activities which should begin by the end of 2013 with the design of the strategic guidelines for a national safeguarding plan of Candombe and of the project-dedicated website.

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