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 : 55 elements corresponding to 32 countries

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2017

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Dikopelo folk music of Bakgatla ba Kgafela in Kgatleng DistrictBotswana

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Nsima, culinary tradition of MalawiMalawi
Sega tambour of Rodrigues IslandMauritius
Zaouli, popular music and dance of the Guro communities in Côte d’IvoireCôte d'Ivoire

2016

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ma'di bowl lyre music and danceUganda

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Argungu international fishing and cultural festivalNigeria
Bhojpuri folk songs in Mauritius, Geet-GawaiMauritius
Carnival of El Callao, a festive representation of a memory and cultural identityVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Gada system, an indigenous democratic socio-political system of the OromoEthiopia
Music and dance of the merengue in the Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
Rumba in Cuba, a festive combination of music and dances and all the practices associatedCuba

2015

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro peoplesUganda
Traditional Vallenato music of the Greater Magdalena regionColombia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Fichee-Chambalaalla, New Year festival of the Sidama peopleEthiopia
Oshituthi shomagongo, marula fruit festivalNamibia

2014

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Isukuti dance of Isukha and Idakho communities of Western KenyaKenya
Male-child cleansing ceremony of the Lango of central northern UgandaUganda

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Capoeira circleBrazil
Coming forth of the masks and puppets in MarkalaMali
Gwoka: music, song, dance and cultural practice representative of Guadeloupean identityFrance
Practices and expressions of joking relationships in NigerNiger
Ritual dance of the royal drumBurundi
Tchopa, sacrificial dance of the Lhomwe people of southern MalawiMalawi
Traditional Mauritian SegaMauritius

2013

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

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

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Commemoration feast of the finding of the True Holy Cross of ChristEthiopia
Xooy, a divination ceremony among the Serer of Senegal Senegal

2012

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Bigwala, gourd trumpet music and dance of the Busoga Kingdom in UgandaUganda
Earthenware pottery-making skills in Botswana’s Kgatleng DistrictBotswana

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Moorish epic T’heydinnMauritania
Secret society of the Kôrêdugaw, the rite of wisdom in MaliMali

2009

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

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

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Candombe and its socio-cultural space: a community practiceUruguay
Ijele masqueradeNigeria
MaloyaFrance
Manden Charter, proclaimed in Kurukan FugaMali
Septennial re-roofing ceremony of the Kamablon, sacred house of KangabaMali

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Barkcloth making in UgandaUganda
Chopi TimbilaMozambique
Cultural space of Sosso-BalaGuinea
Cultural space of the Yaaral and DegalMali
Gbofe of Afounkaha, the music of the transverse trumps of the Tagbana communityCôte d'Ivoire
Gule WamkuluMalawi – Mozambique – Zambia
Ifa divination systemNigeria
Kankurang, Manding initiatory riteGambia – Senegal
La Tumba FrancesaCuba
Makishi masqueradeZambia
Mbende Jerusarema danceZimbabwe
Moussem of Tan-TanMorocco
Oral heritage of GeledeBenin – Nigeria – Togo
Polyphonic singing of the Aka Pygmies of Central AfricaCentral African Republic
Vimbuza healing danceMalawi
Woodcrafting knowledge of the ZafimaniryMadagascar
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