ANPLinda Nooitmeer and Urwin Vyent at the signing of the certificate of the Intangible Heritage Inventory of the Netherlands
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 14:52
Keti Koti is now officially intangible heritage. The commemoration and celebration of the abolition of slavery has today been added to the Intangible Heritage Inventory of the Netherlands, on the International Day of the Abolition of Slavery.
Every year on July 1, Keti Koti (translated: Broken Ketenen) commemorates the Dutch slavery past. The abolition of slavery in the former Dutch colonies is then commemorated and celebrated, with lectures and a festival.
Last Keti Koti, King Willem-Alexander apologized for the history of slavery in a speech in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark. He also asked for forgiveness because his ancestors did not intervene against the system at the time.
King apologizes for history of slavery
The certificate with which Keti Koti is included in the Intangible Heritage Inventory of the Netherlands was signed in the Amsterdam City Archives by the director of the Netherlands Institute for the History of Slavery and Heritage (NiNsee), Urwin Vyent, and chairman of the board Linda Nooitmeer.
Since 2020, Keti Koti has been in the Canon of the Netherlands, the overview of national history.
In addition to Keti Koti, eight other subjects have been added to the list of intangible heritage today, including milk can shooting in Kampen, Twentse krentenwegge and Gregorian chants performed by the Nijmegen choir Karolus Magnus.