The 15th session of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage, met today in a web conference, officially included The Art of the Venetian Glass Bead on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. See more at: http://www.rainews.it/dl/rainews/media/perle-di-vetro-veneziane-patrimonio-unesco-0d47bad0-3ec4-4854-97d6-bc0d70b75905.html
Today it was announced that the art of Venetian glass beads has been officially recognized by UNESCO (United Nations, Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). Three categories of beads were included in this prestigious recognition.
They are lampwork, cane beads (such as our beloved chevron beads), and conterie beads (aka seed beads). This information can be found on the internet if you google search "Perle Veneziane, UNESCO". Several newspaper articles/websites will show up. All of the articles are written in Italian, but maybe you can copy and translate it?
There is also a YouTube video on this announcement (with a very pretty Italian woman talking about this.)
I am very happy for Venice/Murano and all the beadmakers because they are struggling financially and need/merit this recognition. The Chinese have copied so many Venetian beads that it's increasingly more difficult to buy/sell a Venetian glass bead. Now, we are certain that the history/art of Venetian glass beads will be recognized as a valuable cultural heritage. BRAVO!!