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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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
Lkhon Khol Wat Svay AndetCambodia
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
Yalli (Kochari, Tenzere), traditional group dances of NakhchivanAzerbaijan

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
Blaudruck/Modrotisk/Kékfestés/Modrotlač, resist block printing and indigo dyeing in EuropeAustria – Czechia – Germany – Hungary – Slovakia
Bobbin lacemaking in SloveniaSlovenia
Celebration in honor of the Budslaŭ icon of Our Lady (Budslaŭ fest)Belarus
Chakan, embroidery art in the Republic of TajikistanTajikistan
Chidaoba, wrestling in GeorgiaGeorgia
Festivity of Las Parrandas in the centre of CubaCuba
Heritage of Dede Qorqud/Korkyt Ata/Dede Korkut, epic culture, folk tales and musicAzerbaijan – Kazakhstan – Turkey
Horse and camel ArdhahOman
HurlingIreland
Međimurska popevka, a folksong from MeđimurjeCroatia
Mwinoghe, joyous danceMalawi
Picking of iva grass on Ozren mountainBosnia and Herzegovina
Pottery skills of the women of SejnaneTunisia
Raiho-shin, ritual visits of deities in masks and costumesJapan
Rūkada Nātya, traditional string puppet drama in Sri LankaSri Lanka
Tamboradas drum-playing ritualsSpain
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

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Whistled languageTurkey

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)
Artisanal processes and plant fibers techniques for talcos, crinejas and pintas weaving of the pinta’o hatPanama
Craft of the miller operating windmills and watermillsNetherlands
Craftmanship of Estremoz clay figuresPortugal
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
Khaen music of the Lao peopleLao People's Democratic Republic
Kochari, traditional group danceArmenia
Kolo, traditional folk danceSerbia
Multipart singing of HorehronieSlovakia
Nsima, culinary tradition of MalawiMalawi
Organ craftsmanship and musicGermany
PuntoCuba
Spring celebration, HıdrellezThe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Turkey
The art of Bài Chòi in Central Viet NamViet Nam
Traditional art of Shital Pati weaving of SylhetBangladesh
Traditional system of Corongo’s water judgesPeru
Uilleann pipingIreland
Xoan singing of Phú Thọ province, Viet Nam Viet Nam

2016

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Bisalhães black pottery manufacturing processPortugal
Chapei Dang VengCambodia
Cossack’s songs of Dnipropetrovsk RegionUkraine
Ma'di bowl lyre music and danceUganda

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Beer culture in BelgiumBelgium
Charrería, equestrian tradition in MexicoMexico
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
Khidr Elias feast and its vowsIraq
Momoeria, New Year's celebration in eight villages of Kozani area, West Macedonia, GreeceGreece
Music and dance of the merengue in the Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
Practices related to the Viet beliefs in the Mother Goddesses of Three RealmsViet Nam
Puppetry in Slovakia and CzechiaSlovakia – Czechia
Rumba in Cuba, a festive combination of music and dances and all the practices associatedCuba
Tahteeb, stick gameEgypt
The Twenty-Four Solar Terms, knowledge in China of time and practices developed through observation of the sun’s annual motionChina
Traditional wall-carpet craftsmanship in Romania and the Republic of MoldovaRepublic of Moldova – Romania

2015

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Glasoechko, male two-part singing in Dolni PologThe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Manufacture of cowbellsPortugal
Traditional Vallenato music of the Greater Magdalena regionColombia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Razfa, a traditional performing artUnited Arab Emirates – Oman
Bagpipe cultureSlovakia
Lad’s dances in RomaniaRomania
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
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

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

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Zajal, recited or sung poetryLebanon
Baile ChinoChile
Cante Alentejano, polyphonic singing from Alentejo, southern PortugalPortugal
Know-how of cultivating mastic on the island of ChiosGreece
Kopachkata, a social dance from the village of Dramche, PijanecThe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Nongak, community band music, dance and rituals in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
Pujllay and Ayarichi, music and dances of the Yampara cultureBolivia (Plurinational State of)
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
Ví and Giặm folk songs of Nghệ TĩnhViet Nam
Washi, craftsmanship of traditional Japanese hand-made paperJapan
Zmijanje embroideryBosnia and Herzegovina

2013

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Chovqan, a traditional Karabakh horse-riding game in the Republic of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
Empaako tradition of the Batooro, Banyoro, Batuku, Batagwenda and Banyabindi of western UgandaUganda
Nan Pa’ch ceremonyGuatemala

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making methodGeorgia
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
Limousin septennial ostensionsFrance
Men’s group Colindat, Christmas-time ritualRepublic of Moldova – Romania
Music of TerchováSlovakia
Petrykivka decorative painting as a phenomenon of the Ukrainian ornamental folk artUkraine
Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of ManipurIndia
Traditional art of Jamdani weavingBangladesh

2012

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

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

Cherry festival in SefrouMorocco
Craftsmanship of Horezu ceramicsRomania
Fest-Noz, festive gathering based on the collective practice of traditional dances of BrittanyFrance
Folk art of the Matyó, embroidery of a traditional communityHungary
Ichapekene Piesta, the biggest festival of San Ignacio de Moxos Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Marches of Entre-Sambre-et-MeuseBelgium
Nachi no Dengaku, a religious performing art held at the Nachi fire festivalJapan
Traditional weaving of the Ecuadorian toquilla straw hatEcuador
Worship of Hùng kings in Phú ThọViet Nam

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Hezhen Yimakan storytellingChina
Naqqāli, Iranian dramatic story-tellingIran (Islamic Republic of)
Saman danceIndonesia
Secret society of the Kôrêdugaw, the rite of wisdom in MaliMali
Yaokwa, the Enawene Nawe people's ritual for the maintenance of social and cosmic orderBrazil

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Bećarac singing and playing from Eastern CroatiaCroatia
Ceremonial Keşkek traditionTurkey
Chinese shadow puppetryChina
Equitation in the French traditionFrance
Jultagi, tightrope walkingRepublic of Korea
Mariachi, string music, song and trumpetMexico
Mibu no Hana Taue, ritual of transplanting rice in Mibu, HiroshimaJapan
Nijemo Kolo, silent circle dance of the Dalmatian hinterlandCroatia
Ride of the Kings in the south-east of the Czech RepublicCzechia
Sada Shin Noh, sacred dancing at Sada shrine, ShimaneJapan
Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial artRepublic of Korea
Weaving of Mosi (fine ramie) in the Hansan regionRepublic of Korea

2010

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

MeshrepChina
Ojkanje singingCroatia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Armenian cross-stones art. Symbolism and craftsmanship of KhachkarsArmenia
Chhau danceIndia
FlamencoSpain
Gastronomic meal of the FrenchFrance
Gingerbread craft from Northern CroatiaCroatia
Gióng festival of Phù Ðông and Sóc templesViet Nam
Houtem Jaarmarkt, annual winter fair and livestock market at Sint-Lievens-HoutemBelgium
Indonesian AngklungIndonesia
Kalbelia folk songs and dances of RajasthanIndia
Krakelingen and Tonnekensbrand, end-of-winter bread and fire feast at GeraardsbergenBelgium
Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of KeralaIndia
Music of the Bakhshis of KhorasanIran (Islamic Republic of)
Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépechaMexico
Scissors dancePeru
Semah, Alevi-Bektaşi ritualTurkey
Shrovetide door-to-door processions and masks in the villages of the Hlinecko areaCzechia
Sutartinės, Lithuanian multipart songsLithuania
Traditional art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving in the Republic of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
Traditional Mexican cuisine - ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigmMexico
Traditional Sohbet meetingsTurkey
Wayuu normative system, applied by the Pütchipü’üi (palabrero)Colombia
Yuki-tsumugi, silk fabric production techniqueJapan

2009

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ca trù singingViet Nam
Cantu in paghjella, a secular and liturgical oral tradition of CorsicaFrance
Qiang New Year festivalChina
Rite of the Kalyady Tsars (Christmas Tsars)Belarus
Sanké mon, collective fishing rite of the SankéMali
Suiti cultural spaceLatvia
Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridgesChina

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Akiu no Taue OdoriJapan
Annual carnival bell ringers’ pageant from the Kastav areaCroatia
Âşıklık (minstrelsy) traditionTurkey
CheoyongmuRepublic of Korea
Chinese paper-cutChina
Dainichido BugakuJapan
DoinaRomania
Farmers’ dance of China’s Korean ethnic groupChina
GanggangsullaeRepublic of Korea
Grand song of the Dong ethnic groupChina
Hua’erChina
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
Jeju Chilmeoridang YeongdeunggutRepublic of Korea
Katta AshulaUzbekistan
Lefkara laces or LefkaritikaCyprus
Manden Charter, proclaimed in Kurukan FugaMali
Namsadang NoriRepublic of Korea
Nestinarstvo, messages from the past: the Panagyr of Saints Constantine and Helena in the village of BulgariBulgaria
Ojiya-chijimi, Echigo-jofu: techniques of making ramie fabric in Uonuma region, Niigata PrefectureJapan
Oku-noto no AenokotoJapan
Places of memory and living traditions of the Otomí-Chichimecas people of Tolimán: the Peña de Bernal, guardian of a sacred territoryMexico
Procession Za Krizen (‘following the cross’) on the island of HvarCroatia
Quan Họ Bắc Ninh folk songsViet Nam
Ramman, religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalayas, IndiaIndia
Regong artsChina
Sericulture and silk craftsmanship of ChinaChina
Seto Leelo, Seto polyphonic singing traditionEstonia
Spring procession of Ljelje/Kraljice (queens) from GorjaniCroatia
Traditional handicrafts of making Xuan paperChina
Traditional manufacturing of children’s wooden toys in Hrvatsko ZagorjeCroatia
Two-part singing and playing in the Istrian scaleCroatia
Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo GomeroSpain
Xi’an wind and percussion ensembleChina
YeongsanjaeRepublic of Korea
Yueju operaChina

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

Ahellil of GouraraAlgeria
Albanian folk iso-polyphonyAlbania
Art of Akyns, Kyrgyz epic tellersKyrgyzstan
Baltic song and dance celebrationsEstonia – Latvia – Lithuania
Baul songsBangladesh
Bistritsa Babi, archaic polyphony, dances and rituals from the Shoplouk regionBulgaria
Căluş ritualRomania
Canto a tenore, Sardinian pastoral songsItaly
Cross-crafting and its symbolismLithuania
Cultural space of Boysun DistrictUzbekistan
Cultural space of Palenque de San BasilioColombia
Cultural space of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos of Villa MellaDominican Republic
Gangneung Danoje festivalRepublic of Korea
Georgian polyphonic singingGeorgia
Gule WamkuluMalawi – Mozambique – Zambia
Hudhud chants of the IfugaoPhilippines
Ifa divination systemNigeria
Kihnu cultural spaceEstonia
Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatreIndia
Language, dance and music of the GarifunaBelize – Guatemala – Honduras – Nicaragua
Mak Yong theatreMalaysia
Makishi masqueradeZambia
Maroon heritage of Moore TownJamaica
Mask dance of the drums from DrametseBhutan
Olonkho, Yakut heroic eposRussian Federation
Oral and graphic expressions of the WajapiBrazil
Oxherding and oxcart traditions in Costa RicaCosta Rica
Palestinian HikayePalestine
Rabinal Achí dance drama traditionGuatemala
Ramlila, the traditional performance of the RamayanaIndia
Royal ballet of CambodiaCambodia
Samba de Roda of the Recôncavo of BahiaBrazil
Sbek Thom, Khmer shadow theatreCambodia
Slovácko Verbuňk, recruit dancesCzechia
Space of gong cultureViet Nam
Tradition of Vedic chantingIndia
Vimbuza healing danceMalawi
Wayang puppet theatreIndonesia
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