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

2020 nominations will be discussed by the Committee during its 15th session in December 2020

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.




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Results : 97 elements corresponding to 68 countries

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2020

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Craft techniques and customary practices of cathedral workshops, or Bauhütten, in Europe, know-how, transmission, development of knowledge and innovationGermany – Austria – France – Norway – Switzerland

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Craftsmanship of mechanical watchmaking and art mechanicsSwitzerland – France
Handmade production of Christmas tree decorations from blown glass beadsCzechia
Hawker culture in Singapore, community dining and culinary practices in a multicultural urban contextSingapore
Il-Ftira, culinary art and culture of flattened sourdough bread in MaltaMalta
The art of glass beadsItaly – France
Traditional skills, techniques and knowledge for the conservation and transmission of wooden architecture in JapanJapan
Traditional weaving of Al SaduSaudi Arabia – Kuwait
Zlakusa pottery making, hand-wheel pottery making in the village of ZlakusaSerbia

2019

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

'Ie Samoa, fine mat and its cultural valueSamoa
Ak-kalpak craftsmanship, traditional knowledge and skills in making and wearing Kyrgyz men’s headwearKyrgyzstan
Artisanal talavera of Puebla and Tlaxcala (Mexico) and ceramics of Talavera de la Reina and El Puente del Arzobispo (Spain) making processMexico – Spain
Date palm, knowledge, skills, traditions and practicesBahrain – Egypt – Iraq – Jordan – Kuwait – Mauritania – Morocco – Oman – Palestine – Saudi Arabia – Sudan – Tunisia – United Arab Emirates – Yemen
Drotárstvo, wire craft and artSlovakia
Nuad Thai, traditional Thai massageThailand
Practices and craftsmanship associated with the Damascene rose in Al-MrahSyrian Arab Republic
Tradition of Kosiv painted ceramicsUkraine
Traditional skills of crafting and playing DotārIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional turkmen carpet making art in TurkmenistanTurkmenistan

2018

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Blaudruck/Modrotisk/Kékfestés/Modrotlač, resist block printing and indigo dyeing in EuropeAustria – Czechia – Germany – Hungary – Slovakia
Bobbin lacemaking in SloveniaSlovenia
Chakan, embroidery art in the Republic of TajikistanTajikistan
Nativity scene (szopka) tradition in KrakowPoland
Pottery skills of the women of SejnaneTunisia
Rūkada Nātya, traditional string puppet drama in Sri LankaSri Lanka
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

2017

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, female traditional interior wall decoration in Asir, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
Art of crafting and playing with Kamantcheh/Kamancha, a bowed string musical instrumentAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Artisanal processes and plant fibers techniques for talcos, crinejas and pintas weaving of the pinta’o hatPanama
Craftmanship of Estremoz clay figuresPortugal
Konjic woodcarvingBosnia and Herzegovina
Organ craftsmanship and musicGermany
Pinisi, art of boatbuilding in South SulawesiIndonesia
Traditional art of Shital Pati weaving of SylhetBangladesh

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Margilan Crafts Development Centre, safeguarding of the atlas and adras making traditional technologiesUzbekistan

2016

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Idea and practice of organizing shared interests in cooperativesGermany
Living culture of three writing systems of the Georgian alphabetGeorgia
Puppetry in Slovakia and CzechiaSlovakia – Czechia
Traditional craftsmanship of Çini-makingTurkey
Traditional wall-carpet craftsmanship in Romania and the Republic of MoldovaRepublic of Moldova – Romania

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Oselvar boat - reframing a traditional learning process of building and use to a modern contextNorway
Regional Centres for Craftsmanship: a strategy for safeguarding the cultural heritage of traditional handicraftAustria

2015

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Copper craftsmanship of LahijAzerbaijan
Filete porteño in Buenos Aires, a traditional painting techniqueArgentina
Tinian marble craftsmanshipGreece
Traditional knowledge and technologies relating to the growing and processing of the curaguaVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

2014

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ritual and ceremonies of Sebeïba in the oasis of Djanet, AlgeriaAlgeria
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
Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab, IndiaIndia
Washi, craftsmanship of traditional Japanese hand-made paperJapan
Zmijanje embroideryBosnia and Herzegovina

2013

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Traditional art of Jamdani weavingBangladesh

2012

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ala-kiyiz and Shyrdak, art of Kyrgyz traditional felt carpetsKyrgyzstan
Bigwala, gourd trumpet music and dance of the Busoga Kingdom in UgandaUganda
Noken multifunctional knotted or woven bag, handcraft of the people of PapuaIndonesia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Craftsmanship and performance art of the Tar, a long-necked string musical instrumentAzerbaijan
Folk art of the Matyó, embroidery of a traditional communityHungary
Traditional violin craftsmanship in CremonaItaly
Traditional weaving of the Ecuadorian toquilla straw hatEcuador

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Strategy for training coming generations of Fujian puppetry practitioners China

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Al Sadu, traditional weaving skills in the United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Revitalization of the traditional craftsmanship of lime-making in Morón de la Frontera, Seville, AndalusiaSpain

2010

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Armenian cross-stones art. Symbolism and craftsmanship of KhachkarsArmenia
Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identitiesFrance
Craftsmanship of Alençon needle lace-makingFrance
Daemokjang, traditional wooden architectureRepublic of Korea
Gastronomic meal of the FrenchFrance
Gingerbread craft from Northern CroatiaCroatia
Houtem Jaarmarkt, annual winter fair and livestock market at Sint-Lievens-HoutemBelgium
Traditional art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving in the Republic of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in FarsIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in KashanIran (Islamic Republic of)
Yuki-tsumugi, silk fabric production techniqueJapan

2009

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of Chinese seal engravingChina
Aubusson tapestryFrance
China engraved block printing techniqueChina
Chinese paper-cutChina
Craftsmanship of Nanjing Yunjin brocadeChina
Hua’erChina
Indonesian BatikIndonesia
Lacemaking in CroatiaCroatia
Lefkara laces or LefkaritikaCyprus
Ojiya-chijimi, Echigo-jofu: techniques of making ramie fabric in Uonuma region, Niigata PrefectureJapan
Regong artsChina
Scribing tradition in French timber framingFrance
Sericulture and silk craftsmanship of ChinaChina
Traditional firing technology of Longquan celadonChina
Traditional handicrafts of making Xuan paperChina
Traditional manufacturing of children’s wooden toys in Hrvatsko ZagorjeCroatia

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Education and training in Indonesian Batik intangible cultural heritage for elementary, junior, senior, vocational school and polytechnic students, in collaboration with the Batik Museum in PekalonganIndonesia

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Barkcloth making in UgandaUganda
Indonesian KrisIndonesia
Oxherding and oxcart traditions in Costa RicaCosta Rica
Sbek Thom, Khmer shadow theatreCambodia
Taquile and its textile artPeru
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