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 : 56 elements corresponding to 40 countries

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2019

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

AlpinismFrance – Italy – Switzerland

2018

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

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
Avalanche risk managementSwitzerland – Austria
Chakan, embroidery art in the Republic of TajikistanTajikistan
Lum medicinal bathing of Sowa Rigpa, knowledge and practices concerning life, health and illness prevention and treatment among the Tibetan people in ChinaChina
Picking of iva grass on Ozren mountainBosnia and Herzegovina

2017

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Taskiwin, martial dance of the western High AtlasMorocco
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
Craftmanship of Estremoz clay figuresPortugal
Multipart singing of HorehronieSlovakia
Traditional system of Corongo’s water judgesPeru

2015

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Glasoechko, male two-part singing in Dolni PologNorth Macedonia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Summer solstice fire festivals in the PyreneesAndorra – Spain – France
Wititi dance of the Colca ValleyPeru

2014

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Zajal, recited or sung poetryLebanon
Argan, practices and know-how concerning the argan treeMorocco
Baile ChinoChile
Pujllay and Ayarichi, music and dances of the Yampara cultureBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Ritual dance of the royal drumBurundi
The tradition of carpet-making in ChiprovtsiBulgaria
Traditional art and symbolism of Kelaghayi, making and wearing women’s silk headscarvesAzerbaijan

2013

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Nan Pa’ch ceremonyGuatemala

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Knowledge, skills and rituals related to the annual renewal of the Q’eswachaka bridgePeru
Music of TerchováSlovakia

2012

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Craftsmanship and performance art of the Tar, a long-necked string musical instrumentAzerbaijan
Nachi no Dengaku, a religious performing art held at the Nachi fire festivalJapan
Schemenlaufen, the carnival of Imst, AustriaAustria
Worship of Hùng kings in Phú ThọViet Nam

2010

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Bar’ah, music and dance of Oman Dhofari valleysOman
Armenian cross-stones art. Symbolism and craftsmanship of KhachkarsArmenia
Huaconada, ritual dance of MitoPeru
Mongolian traditional art of KhöömeiMongolia
Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépechaMexico
Scissors dancePeru

2009

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Cantu in paghjella, a secular and liturgical oral tradition of CorsicaFrance
Qiang New Year festivalChina

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Gesar epic traditionChina
Hua’erChina
Katta AshulaUzbekistan
Lefkara laces or LefkaritikaCyprus
ManasChina
Ramman, religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalayas, IndiaIndia
Regong artsChina
Ritual ceremony of the VoladoresMexico
Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo GomeroSpain

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

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

Andean cosmovision of the KallawayaBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Cultural space of Boysun DistrictUzbekistan
Cultural space of Palenque de San BasilioColombia
Hudhud chants of the IfugaoPhilippines
Maroon heritage of Moore TownJamaica
Mask dance of the drums from DrametseBhutan
Rabinal Achí dance drama traditionGuatemala
Space of gong cultureViet Nam
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