Fairground showmen against Schueberfouer joining UNESCO heritage list
Luxembourg’s annual funfair, is due to officially join the UNESCO’s list of
intangible cultural heritage. However, the showmen running the funfair are not
fully in support of the move.
Historian Steve Kayser argues that the intangible cultural heritage is important as we tend to engage with these carnival traditions, ensuring they remain alive. Kayser highlighted the importance of survival and continuing the culture for showmen. They place a lot on importance of continuing traditions, remembrance and memories, nostalgia and more.
However, showmen have highlighted that UNESCO should not just pick the Schueberfouer alone to be considered an intangible cultural heritage of Luxembourg. Instead, the whole culture of fairs should be considered the country’s heritage, ranging from the Schueberfouer to the smallest Kermesse (carnival).