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Puerto tradition hailed as council aims for UNESCO status 

Puerto de la Cruz is seeking UNESCO status for one of its most emblematic traditions.

The city council says it will shortly start the process to have the “Fiestas de Julio” listed as Festivals of Regional and National Interest which would later lead to the declaration of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.

The news comes on the heels of international publicity in Turkey for part of the popular Puerto event, the Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen, thanks to a photo-graphy magazine.

Photographer Andrés Gutiérrez presented his report published in the prestigious IZ Magazine, composed of 14 black and white images. These show the best scenes of the embarcation of the Virgen del Carmen, highlight of the July Fiestas.

The presentation cere-mony took place at Puerto City Hall and was chaired by the Mayor, Lope Afonso, who had words of praise for the author, in a work of “great quality of execution that has been able to transmit, and impregnate the reader with those inherent values and feelings of the festivals.”

He thanked Andrés Gutiérrez for the fact that this publication helps “to spread Puerto de la Cruz a bit more internationally in unusual tourist markets”.

Andres himself said he was honoured to feaure in the magazine alongside prestigious photographers and felt ” happy to be able to tell a story of Puerto de la Cruz that I love so much.”

The prestigious Turkish photography magazine IZ has been published since January 2006. It has involved prestigious photographers such as Sebastiao Salgado and Steve McCurry.

The aim of the editorial is to gather the best stories for the lover of photography, with the best print quality. According to the director of the magazine, Gölnur Cengiz the motto has always been, “respect for teachers, opportunity for young people”.

He said Andrés had done “an incredible job”.