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 : 87 elements corresponding to 65 countries

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2017

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

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
Art of Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’Italy
Craft of the miller operating windmills and watermillsNetherlands
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

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
Beer culture in BelgiumBelgium
Charrería, equestrian tradition in MexicoMexico
Culture of Jeju Haenyeo (women divers)Republic of Korea
Falconry, a living human heritageUnited Arab Emirates – Austria – Belgium – Czechia – France – Germany – Hungary – Italy – Kazakhstan – Republic of Korea – Mongolia – Morocco – Pakistan – Portugal – Qatar – Saudi Arabia – Spain – Syrian Arab Republic
Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, YufkaAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Turkey
Gada system, an indigenous democratic socio-political system of the OromoEthiopia
Oshi Palav, a traditional meal and its social and cultural contexts in TajikistanTajikistan
Palov culture and traditionUzbekistan
The Twenty-Four Solar Terms, knowledge in China of time and practices developed through observation of the sun’s annual motionChina
Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in JapanJapan
YogaIndia

2015

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Glasoechko, male two-part singing in Dolni PologThe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro peoplesUganda

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Arabic coffee, a symbol of generosityUnited Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia – Oman – Qatar
Classical horsemanship and the High School of the Spanish Riding School ViennaAustria
Copper craftsmanship of LahijAzerbaijan
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
Sbuâ, annual pilgrimage to the zawiya of Sidi El Hadj Belkacem in GouraraAlgeria
Traditional knowledge and technologies relating to the growing and processing of the curaguaVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

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

Argan, practices and know-how concerning the argan treeMorocco
Askiya, the art of witUzbekistan
Coming forth of the masks and puppets in MarkalaMali
Slava, celebration of family saint patron’s daySerbia
Smoke sauna tradition in VõromaaEstonia
Traditional agricultural practice of cultivating the ‘vite ad alberello’ (head-trained bush vines) of the community of PantelleriaItaly
Traditional knowledge and skills in making Kyrgyz and Kazakh yurts (Turkic nomadic dwellings)Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan
Washi, craftsmanship of traditional Japanese hand-made paperJapan

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

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

2013

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Chinese Zhusuan, knowledge and practices of mathematical calculation through the abacusChina
Knowledge, skills and rituals related to the annual renewal of the Q’eswachaka bridgePeru
Limousin septennial ostensionsFrance
Mediterranean dietCyprus – Croatia – Spain – Greece – Italy – Morocco – Portugal
Shrimp fishing on horseback in OostduinkerkeBelgium

2012

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ala-kiyiz and Shyrdak, art of Kyrgyz traditional felt carpetsKyrgyzstan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Taghrooda, traditional Bedouin chanted poetry in the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of OmanUnited Arab Emirates – Oman
Craftsmanship of Horezu ceramicsRomania
Performance of the Armenian epic of 'Daredevils of Sassoun' or 'David of Sassoun'Armenia
Qālišuyān rituals of Mašhad-e Ardehāl in KāšānIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional violin craftsmanship in CremonaItaly

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Xtaxkgakget Makgkaxtlawana: the Centre for Indigenous Arts and its contribution to safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of the Totonac people of Veracruz, MexicoMexico

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Folk long song performance technique of Limbe performances - circular breathingMongolia
Moorish epic T’heydinnMauritania
Naqqāli, Iranian dramatic story-tellingIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian GulfIran (Islamic Republic of)

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Equitation in the French traditionFrance
Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial artRepublic of Korea
Traditional knowledge of the jaguar shamans of YuruparíColombia

2010

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicineChina
Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identitiesFrance
Gingerbread craft from Northern CroatiaCroatia
Naadam, Mongolian traditional festivalMongolia
Traditional Mexican cuisine - ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigmMexico
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in FarsIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in KashanIran (Islamic Republic of)

2009

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Mongol Tuuli, Mongolian epicMongolia
Rite of the Kalyady Tsars (Christmas Tsars)Belarus
Sanké mon, collective fishing rite of the SankéMali
Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridgesChina
Traditions and practices associated with the Kayas in the sacred forests of the MijikendaKenya

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

China engraved block printing techniqueChina
Regong artsChina
Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo GomeroSpain

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Centre for traditional culture – school museum of Pusol pedagogic projectSpain
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

Cultural space of Sosso-BalaGuinea
Cultural space of the Bedu in Petra and Wadi RumJordan
Ifa divination systemNigeria
Kankurang, Manding initiatory riteGambia – Senegal
Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatreIndia
Language, dance and music of the GarifunaBelize – Guatemala – Honduras – Nicaragua
Makishi masqueradeZambia
Oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara peopleEcuador – Peru
Slovácko Verbuňk, recruit dancesCzechia
Taquile and its textile artPeru
Vanuatu sand drawingsVanuatu
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