For many Hessians it has long been an indispensable cultural asset, and now an application by the Apfelwein-Centrum Hessen e.V. is to have it recognized as such: the apple wine. At the moment, four Hessian traditions are in the race to be included in the nationwide register of intangible cultural heritage. The Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage is an example of the living cultural traditions and forms of expression practiced and passed on in Germany. The Hessian cider culture should not really be missing here. It remains to be seen whether the Expert Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage at the German Commission for UNESCO sees it in the same way. At the moment, these and other applications are still being discussed.
The application to include the Hessian cider culture was submitted by the Verein Apfelwein Centrum Hessen (ACH!), which wants to open the first Hessian cider museum in the Hanau city centre on Heumarkt before the end of this year. In the application, the apple wine is presented as a central component of the Hessian way of life, which is kept alive by many events and professional know-how. In addition to the numerous apple wine taverns, there is also a cider and fruit route, the cider festival in Frankfurt and the "Golden Apple", an award that honours commitment to the preservation of orchard meadows.
The federal states make a preliminary selection for inclusion in the nationwide list of intangible cultural heritage. Then the Secretariat of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs examines the applications and forwards them to the Committee of Experts on Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is convened by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office of the German Commission for UNESCO. Apple wine has already successfully overcome this first hurdle. In the next step, the recommendation of the expert committee would then have to be confirmed by the Conference of Ministers of Culture in consultation with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. A final decision is expected next spring. "We are confident that with the opening of the cider museum in Hanau, the application will receive a further boost," stated Jörg Stier, Chairman of the ACH! and curator of the "Gerippten Museum". We keep our fingers crossed!
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