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 below, you can discover the nominations, photos and videos, together with Committee decisions and evidence of community consent.




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Results : 173 elements corresponding to 73 countries

Algeria

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Rites and craftsmanship associated with the wedding costume tradition of TlemcenAlgeria2012

Argentina

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Filete porteño in Buenos Aires, a traditional painting techniqueArgentina2015
TangoArgentina – Uruguay2009

Armenia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kochari, traditional group danceArmenia2017

Austria

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Classical horsemanship and the High School of the Spanish Riding School ViennaAustria2015
Schemenlaufen, the carnival of Imst, AustriaAustria2012

Azerbaijan

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Chovqan, a traditional Karabakh horse-riding game in the Republic of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan2013

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of crafting and playing with Kamantcheh/Kamancha, a bowed string musical instrumentAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of)2017
Azerbaijani MughamAzerbaijan2008
Copper craftsmanship of LahijAzerbaijan2015
Dolma making and sharing tradition, a marker of cultural identityAzerbaijan2017
Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, YufkaAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Turkey2016
Traditional art and symbolism of Kelaghayi, making and wearing women’s silk headscarvesAzerbaijan2014

Bangladesh

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Mangal Shobhajatra on Pahela BaishakhBangladesh2016
Traditional art of Jamdani weavingBangladesh2013

Belgium

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Aalst carnivalBelgium2010
Beer culture in BelgiumBelgium2016
Carnival of BincheBelgium2008
Houtem Jaarmarkt, annual winter fair and livestock market at Sint-Lievens-HoutemBelgium2010
Krakelingen and Tonnekensbrand, end-of-winter bread and fire feast at GeraardsbergenBelgium2010
Leuven age set ritual repertoireBelgium2011
Marches of Entre-Sambre-et-MeuseBelgium2012
Procession of the Holy Blood in BrugesBelgium2009
Processional giants and dragons in Belgium and FranceBelgium – France2008

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Safeguarding the carillon culture: preservation, transmission, exchange and awareness-raisingBelgium2014

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Carnival of OruroBolivia (Plurinational State of)2008
Ritual journeys in La Paz during AlasitaBolivia (Plurinational State of)2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Konjic woodcarvingBosnia and Herzegovina2017
Zmijanje embroideryBosnia and Herzegovina2014

Brazil

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Círio de Nazaré (The Taper of Our Lady of Nazareth) in the city of Belém, ParáBrazil2013
Frevo, performing arts of the Carnival of RecifeBrazil2012
Samba de Roda of the Recôncavo of BahiaBrazil2008

Bulgaria

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Cultural practices associated to the 1st of MarchBulgaria – North Macedonia – Republic of Moldova – Romania2017

Cambodia

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Chapei Dang VengCambodia2016

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Royal ballet of CambodiaCambodia2008

Chile

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Baile ChinoChile2014

China

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Craftsmanship of Nanjing Yunjin brocadeChina2009
Mazu belief and customsChina2009
Peking operaChina2010
Traditional firing technology of Longquan celadonChina2009
Uyghur Muqam of XinjiangChina2008
Xi’an wind and percussion ensembleChina2009
Yueju operaChina2009

Colombia

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Traditional Vallenato music of the Greater Magdalena regionColombia2015

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Carnaval de Negros y BlancosColombia2009
Carnival of BarranquillaColombia2008
Festival of Saint Francis of Assisi, QuibdóColombia2012
Holy Week processions in PopayánColombia2009

Croatia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Annual carnival bell ringers’ pageant from the Kastav areaCroatia2009
Festivity of Saint Blaise, the patron of DubrovnikCroatia2009
Klapa multipart singing of Dalmatia, southern CroatiaCroatia2012
Lacemaking in CroatiaCroatia2009
Sinjska Alka, a knights’ tournament in SinjCroatia2010

Cuba

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

La Tumba FrancesaCuba2008
Rumba in Cuba, a festive combination of music and dances and all the practices associatedCuba2016

Cyprus

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Tsiattista poetic duellingCyprus2011

Czechia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Puppetry in Slovakia and CzechiaSlovakia – Czechia2016
Ride of the Kings in the south-east of the Czech RepublicCzechia2011
Shrovetide door-to-door processions and masks in the villages of the Hlinecko areaCzechia2010
Slovácko Verbuňk, recruit dancesCzechia2008

Dominican Republic

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Cocolo dance drama traditionDominican Republic2008
Music and dance of the merengue in the Dominican RepublicDominican Republic2016

Egypt

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Traditional hand puppetryEgypt2018

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Tahteeb, stick gameEgypt2016

Estonia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Baltic song and dance celebrationsEstonia – Latvia – Lithuania2008

France

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Aubusson tapestryFrance2009
Carnival of GranvilleFrance2016
Craftsmanship of Alençon needle lace-makingFrance2010
Fest-Noz, festive gathering based on the collective practice of traditional dances of BrittanyFrance2012
Limousin septennial ostensionsFrance2013
Processional giants and dragons in Belgium and FranceBelgium – France2008

Georgia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Chidaoba, wrestling in GeorgiaGeorgia2018

Germany

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Organ craftsmanship and musicGermany2017

Greece

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Momoeria, New Year's celebration in eight villages of Kozani area, West Macedonia, GreeceGreece2016
RebetikoGreece2017

Hungary

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Busó festivities at Mohács: masked end-of-winter carnival customHungary2009
Folk art of the Matyó, embroidery of a traditional communityHungary2012

India

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kumbh MelaIndia2017
Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatreIndia2008
Ramlila, the traditional performance of the RamayanaIndia2008
Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab, IndiaIndia2014

Indonesia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Wayang puppet theatreIndonesia2008

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Naqqāli, Iranian dramatic story-tellingIran (Islamic Republic of)2011

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of crafting and playing with Kamantcheh/Kamancha, a bowed string musical instrumentAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of)2017
Chogān, a horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytellingIran (Islamic Republic of)2017
Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, YufkaAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Turkey2016
Ritual dramatic art of Ta‘zīyeIran (Islamic Republic of)2010
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in KashanIran (Islamic Republic of)2010

Iraq

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Iraqi MaqamIraq2008
Khidr Elias feast and its vowsIraq2016

Ireland

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

HurlingIreland2018
Uilleann pipingIreland2017

Italy

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’Italy2017
Celebrations of big shoulder-borne processional structuresItaly2013
Opera dei Pupi, Sicilian puppet theatreItaly2008
Traditional violin craftsmanship in CremonaItaly2012

Jamaica

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Reggae music of JamaicaJamaica2018

Japan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Akiu no Taue OdoriJapan2009
DaimokutateJapan2009
GagakuJapan2009
Kabuki theatreJapan2008
Ningyo Johruri Bunraku puppet theatreJapan2008
Nôgaku theatreJapan2008
Raiho-shin, ritual visits of deities in masks and costumesJapan2018
Washi, craftsmanship of traditional Japanese hand-made paperJapan2014
Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in JapanJapan2016
Yuki-tsumugi, silk fabric production techniqueJapan2010

Kazakhstan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Aitysh/Aitys, art of improvisationKazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan2015
Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, YufkaAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Turkey2016
Kazakh traditional Assyk gamesKazakhstan2017
Kuresi in KazakhstanKazakhstan2016

Kyrgyzstan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Aitysh/Aitys, art of improvisationKazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan2015
Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, YufkaAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Turkey2016
Kok boru, traditional horse gameKyrgyzstan2017

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Khaen music of the Lao peopleLao People's Democratic Republic2017

Latvia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Baltic song and dance celebrationsEstonia – Latvia – Lithuania2008

Lebanon

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Zajal, recited or sung poetryLebanon2014

Lithuania

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Baltic song and dance celebrationsEstonia – Latvia – Lithuania2008

Luxembourg

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Hopping procession of EchternachLuxembourg2010

Mauritania

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Moorish epic T’heydinnMauritania2011

Mexico

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

La Romería (the pilgrimage): ritual cycle of 'La llevada' (the carrying) of the Virgin of ZapopanMexico2018
Mariachi, string music, song and trumpetMexico2011
Parachicos in the traditional January feast of Chiapa de CorzoMexico2010
Traditional Mexican cuisine - ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigmMexico2010

Morocco

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Cherry festival in SefrouMorocco2012
Cultural space of Jemaa el-Fna SquareMorocco2008

Nicaragua

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

El GüegüenseNicaragua2008

Nigeria

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ijele masqueradeNigeria2009

North Macedonia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Cultural practices associated to the 1st of MarchBulgaria – North Macedonia – Republic of Moldova – Romania2017
Feast of the Holy Forty Martyrs in ŠtipNorth Macedonia2013
Kopachkata, a social dance from the village of Dramche, PijanecNorth Macedonia2014

Oman

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Ayyala, a traditional performing art of the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab EmiratesOman – United Arab Emirates2014
Al-Razfa, a traditional performing artUnited Arab Emirates – Oman2015
Horse and camel ArdhahOman2018

Palestine

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Palestinian HikayePalestine2008

Peru

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Festivity of Virgen de la Candelaria of PunoPeru2014
Huaconada, ritual dance of MitoPeru2010
Scissors dancePeru2010

Poland

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Nativity scene (szopka) tradition in KrakowPoland2018

Portugal

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Fado, urban popular song of PortugalPortugal2011

Republic of Korea

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

CheoyongmuRepublic of Korea2009
Gangneung Danoje festivalRepublic of Korea2008
Nongak, community band music, dance and rituals in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea2014
Royal ancestral ritual in the Jongmyo shrine and its musicRepublic of Korea2008

Republic of Moldova

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Cultural practices associated to the 1st of MarchBulgaria – North Macedonia – Republic of Moldova – Romania2017

Romania

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Cultural practices associated to the 1st of MarchBulgaria – North Macedonia – Republic of Moldova – Romania2017
Lad’s dances in RomaniaRomania2015

Saudi Arabia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Alardah Alnajdiyah, dance, drumming and poetry in Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia2015
Almezmar, drumming and dancing with sticksSaudi Arabia2016

Serbia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kolo, traditional folk danceSerbia2017

Slovakia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Bagpipe cultureSlovakia2015
Puppetry in Slovakia and CzechiaSlovakia – Czechia2016

Slovenia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Door-to-door rounds of KurentiSlovenia2017
Škofja Loka passion playSlovenia2016

Spain

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Chant of the Sybil on MajorcaSpain2010
Festivity of ‘la Mare de Déu de la Salut’ of AlgemesíSpain2011
Fiesta of the patios in CordovaSpain2012
FlamencoSpain2010
Human towersSpain2010
Mystery play of ElcheSpain2008
Patum of BergaSpain2008
Tamboradas drum-playing ritualsSpain2018
Valencia Fallas festivitySpain2016

Sweden

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Land-of-Legends programme, for promoting and revitalizing the art of storytelling in Kronoberg Region (South-Sweden)Sweden2018

Switzerland

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Basel CarnivalSwitzerland2017
Winegrowers’ Festival in VeveySwitzerland2016

Syrian Arab Republic

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Shadow playSyrian Arab Republic2018

Tajikistan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Chakan, embroidery art in the Republic of TajikistanTajikistan2018
Shashmaqom musicUzbekistan – Tajikistan2008

Turkey

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Âşıklık (minstrelsy) traditionTurkey2009
Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, YufkaAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Turkey2016
KaragözTurkey2009
Kırkpınar oil wrestling festivalTurkey2010
Mesir Macunu festivalTurkey2012
Mevlevi Sema ceremonyTurkey2008
Turkish coffee culture and traditionTurkey2013

Turkmenistan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Epic art of GoroglyTurkmenistan2015

United Arab Emirates

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Al Azi, art of performing praise, pride and fortitude poetryUnited Arab Emirates2017

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Ayyala, a traditional performing art of the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab EmiratesOman – United Arab Emirates2014
Al-Razfa, a traditional performing artUnited Arab Emirates – Oman2015

Uruguay

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Candombe and its socio-cultural space: a community practiceUruguay2009
TangoArgentina – Uruguay2009

Uzbekistan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Askiya, the art of witUzbekistan2014
Palov culture and traditionUzbekistan2016
Shashmaqom musicUzbekistan – Tajikistan2008

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Carnival of El Callao, a festive representation of a memory and cultural identityVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)2016
La Parranda de San Pedro de Guarenas y GuatireVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)2013
Venezuela's Dancing Devils of Corpus ChristiVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)2012

Viet Nam

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Nha Nhac, Vietnamese court musicViet Nam2008

Yemen

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Song of Sana’aYemen2008
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