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 : 120 elements corresponding to 80 countries

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2020

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Aixan/Gana/Ob#ANS TSI //Khasigu, ancestral musical sound knowledge and skillsNamibia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of crafting and playing Mbira/Sansi, the finger-plucking traditional musical instrument in Malawi and ZimbabweMalawi – Zimbabwe
Art of miniatureAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Turkey – Uzbekistan
Budima danceZambia
Camel racing, a social practice and a festive heritage associated with camelsUnited Arab Emirates – Oman
ChamaméArgentina
Knowledge, know-how and practices pertaining to the production and consumption of couscousAlgeria – Mauritania – Morocco – Tunisia
Musical art of horn players, an instrumental technique linked to singing, breath control, vibrato, resonance of place and convivialityFrance – Belgium – Luxembourg – Italy
Ong Chun/Wangchuan/Wangkang ceremony, rituals and related practices for maintaining the sustainable connection between man and the oceanChina – Malaysia
PantunIndonesia – Malaysia
Pilgrimage to the St. Thaddeus Apostle MonasteryIran (Islamic Republic of) – Armenia
Practices and traditional knowledge of Terere in the culture of Pohã Ñana, Guaraní ancestral drink in ParaguayParaguay
Yeondeunghoe, lantern lighting festival in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Polyphonic Caravan, researching, safeguarding and promoting the Epirus polyphonic songGreece

2019

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Armenian letter art and its cultural expressionsArmenia
Celestinian forgiveness celebrationItaly
Cultural Complex of Bumba-meu-boi from MaranhãoBrazil
Ethiopian epiphanyEthiopia
GnawaMorocco
Holy Week processions in MendrisioSwitzerland
Irish harpingIreland
Kwagh-Hir theatrical performanceNigeria
Morna, musical practice of Cabo VerdeCabo Verde
Ommegang of Brussels, an annual historical procession and popular festivalBelgium
Practice of traditional music and dance in Setesdal, playing, dancing and singing (stev/stevjing)Norway
Provision of services and hospitality during the Arba'in visitationIraq
The festival of the Santísima Trinidad del Señor Jesús del Gran Poder in the city of La PazBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Traditional Turkish archeryTurkey
Winter festivities, Carnival of PodencePortugal

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Buklog, thanksgiving ritual system of the SubanenPhilippines
Rituals and practices associated with Kit Mikayi shrineKenya
Sega tambour ChagosMauritius
Seperu folkdance and associated practicesBotswana
Spring rite of Juraŭski KarahodBelarus

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Safeguarding strategy of traditional crafts for peace buildingColombia

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

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Land-of-Legends programme, for promoting and revitalizing the art of storytelling in Kronoberg RegionSweden

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ritual and festive expressions of the Congo culturePanama
Traditional Korean wrestling (Ssirum/Ssireum)Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – Republic of Korea

2017

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Bulgarian Chitalishte (Community Cultural Centre): practical experience in safeguarding the vitality of the Intangible Cultural HeritageBulgaria

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kumbh MelaIndia
Sega tambour of Rodrigues IslandMauritius
Traditional system of Corongo’s water judgesPeru

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Taskiwin, martial dance of the western High AtlasMorocco

2016

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Argungu international fishing and cultural festivalNigeria
Gada system, an indigenous democratic socio-political system of the OromoEthiopia
Khidr Elias feast and its vowsIraq
Mangal Shobhajatra on Pahela BaishakhBangladesh
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
Tahteeb, stick gameEgypt
Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in JapanJapan

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Festival of folklore in Koprivshtitsa: a system of practices for heritage presentation and transmissionBulgaria

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ma'di bowl lyre music and danceUganda

2015

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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
Oshituthi shomagongo, marula fruit festivalNamibia
Summer solstice fire festivals in the PyreneesAndorra – Spain – France
Wititi dance of the Colca ValleyPeru

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro peoplesUganda

2014

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Zajal, recited or sung poetryLebanon
Cante Alentejano, polyphonic singing from Alentejo, southern PortugalPortugal
Capoeira circleBrazil
Gwoka: music, song, dance and cultural practice representative of Guadeloupean identityFrance
Practices and expressions of joking relationships in NigerNiger
Ritual and ceremonies of Sebeïba in the oasis of Djanet, AlgeriaAlgeria

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Mapoyo oral tradition and its symbolic reference points within their ancestral territoryVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

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

2013

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Empaako tradition of the Batooro, Banyoro, Batuku, Batagwenda and Banyabindi of western UgandaUganda
Mongolian calligraphyMongolia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kyrgyz epic trilogy: Manas, Semetey, SeytekKyrgyzstan
Men’s group Colindat, Christmas-time ritualRepublic of Moldova – Romania
Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of ManipurIndia
Xooy, a divination ceremony among the Serer of Senegal Senegal

2012

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Buddhist chanting of Ladakh: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, IndiaIndia
Festival of Saint Francis of Assisi, QuibdóColombia
Marches of Entre-Sambre-et-MeuseBelgium
Performance of the Armenian epic of 'Daredevils of Sassoun' or 'David of Sassoun'Armenia
Worship of Hùng kings in Phú ThọViet Nam

2011

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Call for projects of the National Programme of Intangible HeritageBrazil
Fandango's Living MuseumBrazil
Programme of cultivating ludodiversity: safeguarding traditional games in FlandersBelgium

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Hezhen Yimakan storytellingChina
Moorish epic T’heydinnMauritania

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Leuven age set ritual repertoireBelgium
Ride of the Kings in the south-east of the Czech RepublicCzechia
Sada Shin Noh, sacred dancing at Sada shrine, ShimaneJapan
Tsiattista poetic duellingCyprus

2010

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Bar’ah, music and dance of Oman Dhofari valleysOman
Hopping procession of EchternachLuxembourg
Indonesian AngklungIndonesia
Kırkpınar oil wrestling festivalTurkey
Mongolian traditional art of KhöömeiMongolia
Music of the Bakhshis of KhorasanIran (Islamic Republic of)
Naadam, Mongolian traditional festivalMongolia
Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei ritualsIran (Islamic Republic of)
Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépechaMexico
Traditional Sohbet meetingsTurkey
Wayuu normative system, applied by the Pütchipü’üi (palabrero)Colombia

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

MeshrepChina

2009

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Candombe and its socio-cultural space: a community practiceUruguay
Carnaval de Negros y BlancosColombia
CheoyongmuRepublic of Korea
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
MaloyaFrance
Manden Charter, proclaimed in Kurukan FugaMali
Septennial re-roofing ceremony of the Kamablon, sacred house of KangabaMali
TangoArgentina – Uruguay
YeongsanjaeRepublic of Korea

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Carnival of OruroBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Cultural space and oral culture of the SemeiskieRussian Federation
Cultural space of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos of Villa MellaDominican Republic
Cultural space of the Yaaral and DegalMali
Darangen epic of the Maranao people of Lake LanaoPhilippines
Gbofe of Afounkaha, the music of the transverse trumps of the Tagbana communityCôte d'Ivoire
Kun Qu operaChina
Lakalaka, dances and sung speeches of TongaTonga
Maroon heritage of Moore TownJamaica
Royal ancestral ritual in the Jongmyo shrine and its musicRepublic of Korea
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