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Council of Europe warns of Cornwall oppression
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Council of Europe warns of Cornwall oppression

20/03/17Culture

The county of Cornwall, UK, should be protected from ethnic oppression and the ‘Disneyfication’ of its culture and heritage, according to the Council of Europe.

The report into the ‘protection of national minorities’ concluded that the UK needs to do more for its southernmost county, including reviving Cornish as a language and preventing the ‘Disneyfication’ of such landmarks as Tintagel Castle.

The council wanted to revive the Cornish language by reinstating it and providing more funding for the promotion of the usage of the tongue.

Criticism was also set against the UK government for the lack of funding for cultural events and festivals like the St Piran’s Day on 5 March, the national day of Cornwall.

The Cornwall Association of Local Historians (CALH) has fought the fact that Tintagel Castle in Cornwall has been ‘Disneyfied’ over the years.

The castle and its surroundings have been planned to boost tourism by carving Arthurian characters in stone monuments and statues. Last year, the group protested over the carving of a face at the entrance of Merlin’s Cave.

Both the Council of Europe and the CALH has expressed their grief over the neglect of the care for Cornwall.