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2022 Dance of the Bear - Set

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  • 22.02.2022
About Dance of the Bear

The ball de l'ossa d'Encamp is a popular theatrical and dance performance around a bear hunt that takes place on Carnival Monday in the parish of Encamp, Andorra. In the first half of the twentieth century the tradition was lost and the dances of the bear were disappearing from the Principality. In Encamp, the dance of the bear revived in the fifties by the journalist and writer Rossend Marsol Clua (Sícoris), who formalized its representation. The dance of the bear of Encamp together with the Last Bear of Ordino that is celebrated in the first week of December in this other parish, are the only manifestations that survive of this ancestral Andorran tradition. These two festivals are included in the General Inventory of the Cultural Heritage of the Government of Andorra as Intangible Assets, and their inclusion in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO is also being processed.

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