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 : 174 elements corresponding to 88 countries

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2018

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Enkipaata, Eunoto and Olng'esherr, three male rites of passage of the Maasai communityKenya
Knowledge and skills of the water measurers of the foggaras or water bailiffs of Touat and TidikeltAlgeria
Suri Jagek (observing the sun), traditional meteorological and astronomical practice based on the observation of the sun, moon and stars in reference to the local topographyPakistan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of dry stone walling, knowledge and techniquesCroatia – Cyprus – France – Greece – Italy – Slovenia – Spain – Switzerland
As-Samer in JordanJordan
Avalanche risk managementSwitzerland – Austria
Celebration in honor of the Budslaŭ icon of Our Lady (Budslaŭ fest)Belarus
Chakan, embroidery art in the Republic of TajikistanTajikistan
Festivity of Las Parrandas in the centre of CubaCuba
Horse and camel ArdhahOman
HurlingIreland
Lum medicinal bathing of Sowa Rigpa, knowledge and practices concerning life, health and illness prevention and treatment among the Tibetan people in ChinaChina
Mooba dance of the Lenje ethnic group of Central Province of ZambiaZambia
Picking of iva grass on Ozren mountainBosnia and Herzegovina
Reggae music of JamaicaJamaica
Ritual and festive expressions of the Congo culturePanama
The skills related to perfume in Pays de Grasse: the cultivation of perfume plants, the knowledge and processing of natural raw materials, and the art of perfume compositionFrance
Traditional Korean wrestling (Ssirum/Ssireum)Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – Republic of Korea
Traditional spring festive rites of the Kazakh horse breedersKazakhstan

2017

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Al Azi, art of performing praise, pride and fortitude poetryUnited Arab Emirates
Colombian-Venezuelan llano work songsColombia – Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Dikopelo folk music of Bakgatla ba Kgafela in Kgatleng DistrictBotswana
Mongolian traditional practices of worshipping the sacred sitesMongolia
Whistled languageTurkey

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, female traditional interior wall decoration in Asir, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
Artisanal processes and plant fibers techniques for talcos, crinejas and pintas weaving of the pinta’o hatPanama
Chogān, a horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytellingIran (Islamic Republic of)
Craft of the miller operating windmills and watermillsNetherlands
Cultural practices associated to the 1st of MarchBulgaria – The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Republic of Moldova – Romania
Dolma making and sharing tradition, a marker of cultural identityAzerbaijan
Door-to-door rounds of KurentiSlovenia
Kazakh traditional Assyk gamesKazakhstan
Kok boru, traditional horse gameKyrgyzstan
Nsima, culinary tradition of MalawiMalawi
Organ craftsmanship and musicGermany
Sega tambour of Rodrigues IslandMauritius
Spring celebration, HıdrellezThe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Turkey
Traditional art of Shital Pati weaving of SylhetBangladesh
Traditional system of Corongo’s water judgesPeru
Zaouli, popular music and dance of the Guro communities in Côte d’IvoireCôte d'Ivoire

2016

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Argungu international fishing and cultural festivalNigeria
Beer culture in BelgiumBelgium
Bhojpuri folk songs in Mauritius, Geet-GawaiMauritius
Culture of Jeju Haenyeo (women divers)Republic of Korea
Falconry, a living human heritageGermany – Saudi Arabia – Austria – Belgium – United Arab Emirates – Spain – France – Hungary – Italy – Kazakhstan – Morocco – Mongolia – Pakistan – Portugal – Qatar – Syrian Arab Republic – Republic of Korea – Czechia
Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, YufkaAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Turkey
Gada system, an indigenous democratic socio-political system of the OromoEthiopia
Khidr Elias feast and its vowsIraq
Kuresi in KazakhstanKazakhstan
Nawrouz, Novruz, Nowrouz, Nowrouz, Nawrouz, Nauryz, Nooruz, Nowruz, Navruz, Nevruz, Nowruz, NavruzAfghanistan – Azerbaijan – India – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Iraq – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Uzbekistan – Pakistan – Tajikistan – Turkmenistan – Turkey
Palov culture and traditionUzbekistan
Practices related to the Viet beliefs in the Mother Goddesses of Three RealmsViet Nam
Rumba in Cuba, a festive combination of music and dances and all the practices associatedCuba
The Twenty-Four Solar Terms, knowledge in China of time and practices developed through observation of the sun’s annual motionChina
Traditional craftsmanship of Çini-makingTurkey
YogaIndia

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Community project of safeguarding the living culture of Rovinj/Rovigno: the Batana EcomuseumCroatia
Festival of folklore in Koprivshtitsa: a system of practices for heritage presentation and transmissionBulgaria
Regional Centres for Craftsmanship: a strategy for safeguarding the cultural heritage of traditional handicraftAustria

2015

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Coaxing ritual for camelsMongolia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Arabic coffee, a symbol of generosityUnited Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia – Oman – Qatar
Classical horsemanship and the High School of the Spanish Riding School ViennaAustria
Copper craftsmanship of LahijAzerbaijan
Epic art of GoroglyTurkmenistan
Fichee-Chambalaalla, New Year festival of the Sidama peopleEthiopia
Majlis, a cultural and social spaceUnited Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia – Oman – Qatar
Marimba music, traditional chants and dances from the Colombia South Pacific region and Esmeraldas Province of EcuadorColombia – Ecuador
Oshituthi shomagongo, marula fruit festivalNamibia
Summer solstice fire festivals in the PyreneesAndorra – Spain – France
Surova folk feast in Pernik regionBulgaria
Three genres of traditional dance in BaliIndonesia
Tinian marble craftsmanshipGreece
Tradition of kimchi-making in the Democratic People's Republic of KoreaDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea
Traditional knowledge and technologies relating to the growing and processing of the curaguaVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Tugging rituals and gamesCambodia – Philippines – Republic of Korea – Viet Nam
Wititi dance of the Colca ValleyPeru

2014

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Isukuti dance of Isukha and Idakho communities of Western KenyaKenya
Mapoyo oral tradition and its symbolic reference points within their ancestral territoryVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Argan, practices and know-how concerning the argan treeMorocco
Capoeira circleBrazil
Coming forth of the masks and puppets in MarkalaMali
Ebru, Turkish art of marblingTurkey
Festivity of Virgen de la Candelaria of PunoPeru
Gwoka: music, song, dance and cultural practice representative of Guadeloupean identityFrance
Kazakh traditional art of Dombra KuyKazakhstan
Know-how of cultivating mastic on the island of ChiosGreece
Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in ArmeniaArmenia
Practices and expressions of joking relationships in NigerNiger
Pujllay and Ayarichi, music and dances of the Yampara cultureBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Ritual dance of the royal drumBurundi
Smoke sauna tradition in VõromaaEstonia
The tradition of carpet-making in ChiprovtsiBulgaria
Traditional agricultural practice of cultivating the ‘vite ad alberello’ (head-trained bush vines) of the community of PantelleriaItaly
Traditional art and symbolism of Kelaghayi, making and wearing women’s silk headscarvesAzerbaijan
Washi, craftsmanship of traditional Japanese hand-made paperJapan

2013

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Nan Pa’ch ceremonyGuatemala

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making methodGeorgia
Chinese Zhusuan, knowledge and practices of mathematical calculation through the abacusChina
Kimjang, making and sharing kimchi in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
Knowledge, skills and rituals related to the annual renewal of the Q’eswachaka bridgePeru
Kyrgyz epic trilogy: Manas, Semetey, SeytekKyrgyzstan
Mediterranean dietCyprus – Croatia – Spain – Greece – Italy – Morocco – Portugal
Shrimp fishing on horseback in OostduinkerkeBelgium
Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese, notably for the celebration of New YearJapan
Xooy, a divination ceremony among the Serer of Senegal Senegal

2012

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ala-kiyiz and Shyrdak, art of Kyrgyz traditional felt carpetsKyrgyzstan
Earthenware pottery-making skills in Botswana’s Kgatleng DistrictBotswana
Noken multifunctional knotted or woven bag, handcraft of the people of PapuaIndonesia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Cherry festival in SefrouMorocco
Cultural practices and expressions linked to the balafon of the Senufo communities of Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d'IvoireMali – Burkina Faso – Côte d'Ivoire
Fiesta of the patios in CordovaSpain
Ichapekene Piesta, the biggest festival of San Ignacio de Moxos Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Mesir Macunu festivalTurkey
Qālišuyān rituals of Mašhad-e Ardehāl in KāšānIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional violin craftsmanship in CremonaItaly
Traditional weaving of the Ecuadorian toquilla straw hatEcuador

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Al Sadu, traditional weaving skills in the United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
Saman danceIndonesia
Secret society of the Kôrêdugaw, the rite of wisdom in MaliMali
Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian GulfIran (Islamic Republic of)
Yaokwa, the Enawene Nawe people's ritual for the maintenance of social and cosmic orderBrazil

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ceremonial Keşkek traditionTurkey
Equitation in the French traditionFrance
Mibu no Hana Taue, ritual of transplanting rice in Mibu, HiroshimaJapan
Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial artRepublic of Korea
Traditional knowledge of the jaguar shamans of YuruparíColombia

2010

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicineChina
Al-Bar’ah, music and dance of Oman Dhofari valleysOman
FlamencoSpain
Gastronomic meal of the FrenchFrance
Indonesian AngklungIndonesia
Kalbelia folk songs and dances of RajasthanIndia
Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of KeralaIndia
Naadam, Mongolian traditional festivalMongolia
Parachicos in the traditional January feast of Chiapa de CorzoMexico
Shrovetide door-to-door processions and masks in the villages of the Hlinecko areaCzechia
Traditional Mexican cuisine - ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigmMexico
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in FarsIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in KashanIran (Islamic Republic of)

2009

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Sanké mon, collective fishing rite of the SankéMali
Suiti cultural spaceLatvia
Traditions and practices associated with the Kayas in the sacred forests of the MijikendaKenya

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Annual carnival bell ringers’ pageant from the Kastav areaCroatia
Busó festivities at Mohács: masked end-of-winter carnival customHungary
CheoyongmuRepublic of Korea
Festivity of Saint Blaise, the patron of DubrovnikCroatia
Ijele masqueradeNigeria
Irrigators’ tribunals of the Spanish Mediterranean coast: the Council of Wise Men of the plain of Murcia and the Water Tribunal of the plain of ValenciaSpain
Katta AshulaUzbekistan
Places of memory and living traditions of the Otomí-Chichimecas people of Tolimán: the Peña de Bernal, guardian of a sacred territoryMexico
Radif of Iranian musicIran (Islamic Republic of)
Ritual ceremony of the VoladoresMexico
Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo GomeroSpain

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Centre for traditional culture – school museum of Pusol pedagogic projectSpain
Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage of Aymara communities in Bolivia, Chile and PeruBolivia (Plurinational State of) – Chile – Peru

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ahellil of GouraraAlgeria
Andean cosmovision of the KallawayaBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Barkcloth making in UgandaUganda
Cross-crafting and its symbolismLithuania
Cultural space of Boysun DistrictUzbekistan
Cultural space of the Bedu in Petra and Wadi RumJordan
Cultural space of the Yaaral and DegalMali
Hudhud chants of the IfugaoPhilippines
Indigenous festivity dedicated to the deadMexico
Kankurang, Manding initiatory riteGambia – Senegal
Kihnu cultural spaceEstonia
Maroon heritage of Moore TownJamaica
Nha Nhac, Vietnamese court musicViet Nam
Oral and graphic expressions of the WajapiBrazil
Oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara peopleEcuador – Peru
Space of gong cultureViet Nam
Taquile and its textile artPeru
Vanuatu sand drawingsVanuatu
Woodcrafting knowledge of the ZafimaniryMadagascar
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