Browse the Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Register of good safeguarding practices

The Committee meets annually to evaluate nominations proposed by States Parties to the 2003 Convention and decide whether or not to inscribe those cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage on the Convention’s Lists.

By clicking on the inscribed elements listed below, you can discover the nominations, photos and videos, together with Committee decisions and evidence of community consent.

You may also experience a conceptual, visual and interactive navigation through ‘Dive into Intangible Cultural Heritage’ interfaces which demonstrate the thematic interconnectedness between all the elements inscribed and their relation to nature or to threats.

The designations employed in the texts and documents of the nomination presented by the submitting State Party or States Parties do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Committee nor UNESCO concerning a) the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, b) the legal status of its authorities or c) the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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Results : 55 elements corresponding to 5 regions and 71 countries


List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ancestral and traditional techniques for the elaboration of the 'Poncho Para'i de 60 Listas', from the city of Piribebuy, Republic of ParaguayParaguay
Ingoma Ya MapikoMozambique
Mek MulungMalaysia
Traditional knowledge, methods and practices concerning olive cultivationTürkiye
Traditional Syrian glassblowingSyrian Arab Republic

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Aklan piña handloom weavingPhilippines
Al-Man’ouché, an emblematic culinary practice in LebanonLebanon
Alpine pasture seasonSwitzerland
Art of Akhal-Teke horse breeding and traditions of horses' decorationTurkmenistan
Art of illumination: Təzhib/Tazhib/Zarhalkori/Tezhip/NaqqoshlikAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Tajikistan – Türkiye – Uzbekistan
Arts, skills and practices associated with engraving on metals (gold, silver and copper)Iraq – Algeria – Egypt – Mauritania – Morocco – Palestine – Saudi Arabia – Sudan – Tunisia – Yemen
Bolero: identity, emotion and poetry turned into songCuba – Mexico
Ceramic arts in UzbekistanUzbekistan
Ch'utillos, the Festival of San Bartolomé and San Ignacio de Loyola, the meeting of cultures in PotosíBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Craftsmanship and performing art of balaban/meyAzerbaijan – Türkiye
Craftsmanship of mother of pearl inlayAzerbaijan – Türkiye
Dabkeh, traditional dance in PalestinePalestine
Elechek, Kyrgyz female headwear: traditional knowledge and ritualsKyrgyzstan
Garba of GujaratIndia
Harees dish: know-how, skills and practicesUnited Arab Emirates – Oman – Saudi Arabia
Hiragasy, a performing art of the Central Highlands of MadagascarMadagascar
Iftar/Eftari/Iftar/Iftor and its socio-cultural traditionsAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Türkiye – Uzbekistan
Jamu wellness cultureIndonesia
Knowledge, craft and skills of handmade glass productionCzechia – Finland – France – Germany – Hungary – Spain
Mahadra, a community system for transmission of traditional knowledge and oral expressionsMauritania
Malhun, a popular poetic and musical artMorocco
Maltese Village Festa, an annual community celebrationMalta
Midwifery: knowledge, skills and practicesColombia – Cyprus – Germany – Kyrgyzstan – Luxembourg – Nigeria – Slovenia – Togo
Nguon, rituals of governance and associated expressions in the Bamoun communityCameroon
Polonaise, traditional Polish dancePoland
Practices and meanings associated with the preparation and consumption of ceviche, an expression of Peruvian traditional cuisinePeru
Procession and celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday in SudanSudan
Rickshaws and rickshaw painting in DhakaBangladesh
Rotterdam Summer CarnivalNetherlands
Sadeh/Sada celebrationIran (Islamic Republic of) – Tajikistan
Sango Festival, OyoNigeria
Shuwalid festivalEthiopia
Sodai straw garden making in LithuaniaLithuania
Sona, drawings and geometric figures on sandAngola
Songkran in Thailand, traditional Thai New Year festivalThailand
The practice of opera singing in ItalyItaly
Tradition of blacksmithing in GyumriArmenia
Traditional craft of Naga motif weaving in Lao communitiesLao People's Democratic Republic
Traditional craft skills and arts of Al-Mudhif buildingIraq
Traditional irrigation: knowledge, technique, and organizationAustria – Belgium – Germany – Italy – Luxembourg – Netherlands – Switzerland
Traditional knowledge and skills of production of the atlas and adras fabricsTajikistan
Traditional skills of loincloth weaving in Côte d’IvoireCôte d'Ivoire
Traditional wooden boatbuilding in Carriacou and Petite MartiniqueGrenada
Transhumance, the seasonal droving of livestockAlbania – Andorra – Austria – Croatia – France – Greece – Italy – Luxembourg – Romania – Spain

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

ICH safeguarding practices program for the cultural and ecologic Sea Turtle Festival of ArmilaPanama
Nyckelharpa network, an innovative dissemination of a music and instrument-building tradition with roots in SwedenSweden
Program for the safeguarding of the Bandos and Parrandas of the Holy Innocents of Caucagua: nuclei of initiation and transmission of wisdoms and community councilsVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Safeguarding foster care heritage in the merciful city of Geel: a community-based care modelBelgium