German government campaigning for Unesco recognition of the country's organ-making tradition

The German government has created a proposal to have the country's organ music and organ-making traditions recognised on Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage List.


An organ in a church in Münster, Germany. Image by Kai Schreiber / CC BY-SA 2.0

With an estimated 50,000 organs in Germany, the country is thought to have the highest density of the instruments anywhere in the world, and has given rise to a number of key innovations in their manufacture over the centuries. Organs have long been associated with churches, and a spokesperson from Johannes Klais Orgelbau, a Bonn-based organ manufacturer, told Deutsche Welle newspaper that Unesco protection could help to keep the instrument's traditions alive, despite the “decreasing role” that the church plays in day-to-day life.

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