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 : 183 elements corresponding to 83 countries

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2017

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kochari, traditional group danceArmenia
RebetikoGreece
Traditional system of Corongo’s water judgesPeru

2016

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Almezmar, drumming and dancing with sticksSaudi Arabia
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)
Charrería, equestrian tradition in MexicoMexico
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
Khidr Elias feast and its vowsIraq
Momoeria, New Year's celebration in eight villages of Kozani area, West Macedonia, GreeceGreece
Palov culture and traditionUzbekistan
Practices related to the Viet beliefs in the Mother Goddesses of Three RealmsViet Nam
Rumba in Cuba, a festive combination of music and dances and all the practices associatedCuba
The Twenty-Four Solar Terms, knowledge in China of time and practices developed through observation of the sun’s annual motionChina
Traditional craftsmanship of Çini-makingTurkey
Valencia Fallas festivitySpain
Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in JapanJapan

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Community project of safeguarding the living culture of Rovinj/Rovigno: the Batana EcomuseumCroatia
Regional Centres for Craftsmanship: a strategy for safeguarding the cultural heritage of traditional handicraftAustria

2015

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

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

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Aitysh/Aitys, art of improvisationKazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan
Alardah Alnajdiyah, dance, drumming and poetry in Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
Classical horsemanship and the High School of the Spanish Riding School ViennaAustria
Copper craftsmanship of LahijAzerbaijan
Epic art of GoroglyTurkmenistan
Marimba music, traditional chants and dances from the Colombia South Pacific region and Esmeraldas Province of EcuadorColombia – Ecuador
Summer solstice fire festivals in the PyreneesAndorra – Spain – France
Three genres of traditional dance in BaliIndonesia
Tinian marble craftsmanshipGreece
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
Arirang folk song in the Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea
Baile ChinoChile
Cante Alentejano, polyphonic singing from Alentejo, southern PortugalPortugal
Coming forth of the masks and puppets in MarkalaMali
Festivity of Virgen de la Candelaria of PunoPeru
Gwoka: music, song, dance and cultural practice representative of Guadeloupean identityFrance
Kazakh traditional art of Dombra KuyKazakhstan
Kopachkata, a social dance from the village of Dramche, PijanecThe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in ArmeniaArmenia
Ritual and ceremonies of Sebeïba in the oasis of Djanet, AlgeriaAlgeria
Ritual dance of the royal drumBurundi
Traditional art and symbolism of Kelaghayi, making and wearing women’s silk headscarvesAzerbaijan
Traditional knowledge and skills in making Kyrgyz and Kazakh yurts (Turkic nomadic dwellings)Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan
Washi, craftsmanship of traditional Japanese hand-made paperJapan
Zmijanje embroideryBosnia and Herzegovina

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

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
Mongolian calligraphyMongolia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making methodGeorgia
Celebrations of big shoulder-borne processional structuresItaly
Chinese Zhusuan, knowledge and practices of mathematical calculation through the abacusChina
Círio de Nazaré (The Taper of Our Lady of Nazareth) in the city of Belém, ParáBrazil
Feast of the Holy Forty Martyrs in ŠtipThe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
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
La Parranda de San Pedro de Guarenas y GuatireVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Mediterranean dietCyprus – Croatia – Spain – Greece – Italy – Morocco – Portugal
Men’s group Colindat, Christmas-time ritualRomania – Republic of Moldova
Music of TerchováSlovakia
Petrykivka decorative painting as a phenomenon of the Ukrainian ornamental folk artUkraine
Shrimp fishing on horseback in OostduinkerkeBelgium
Traditional art of Jamdani weavingBangladesh
Xooy, a divination ceremony among the Serer of Senegal Senegal

2012

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

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

Al ‘azi, elegy, processional march and poetryOman
Arirang, lyrical folk song in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
Cherry festival in SefrouMorocco
Craftsmanship and performance art of the Tar, a long-necked string musical instrumentAzerbaijan
Craftsmanship of Horezu ceramicsRomania
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
Fest-Noz, festive gathering based on the collective practice of traditional dances of BrittanyFrance
Festival of Saint Francis of Assisi, QuibdóColombia
Fiesta of the patios in CordovaSpain
Folk art of the Matyó, embroidery of a traditional communityHungary
Ichapekene Piesta, the biggest festival of San Ignacio de Moxos Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Klapa multipart singing of Dalmatia, southern CroatiaCroatia
Rites and craftsmanship associated with the wedding costume tradition of TlemcenAlgeria
Traditional violin craftsmanship in CremonaItaly
Venezuela's Dancing Devils of Corpus ChristiVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Worship of Hùng kings in Phú ThọViet Nam

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

Al Sadu, traditional weaving skills in the United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
Saman danceIndonesia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Bećarac singing and playing from Eastern CroatiaCroatia
Leuven age set ritual repertoireBelgium
Mariachi, string music, song and trumpetMexico
Ride of the Kings in the south-east of the Czech RepublicCzechia

2010

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Aalst carnivalBelgium
Chhau danceIndia
FlamencoSpain
Gagok, lyric song cycles accompanied by an orchestraRepublic of Korea
Gastronomic meal of the FrenchFrance
Gingerbread craft from Northern CroatiaCroatia
Houtem Jaarmarkt, annual winter fair and livestock market at Sint-Lievens-HoutemBelgium
Human towersSpain
Indonesian AngklungIndonesia
Kalbelia folk songs and dances of RajasthanIndia
Kumiodori, traditional Okinawan musical theatreJapan
Mongolian traditional art of KhöömeiMongolia
Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of KeralaIndia
Naadam, Mongolian traditional festivalMongolia
Peking operaChina
Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépechaMexico
Scissors dancePeru
Semah, Alevi-Bektaşi ritualTurkey
Sutartinės, Lithuanian multipart songsLithuania
Traditional Mexican cuisine - ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigmMexico
Wayuu normative system, applied by the Pütchipü’üi (palabrero)Colombia

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
Sanké mon, collective fishing rite of the SankéMali
Suiti cultural spaceLatvia
Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridgesChina
Traditional Li textile techniques: spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroideringChina
Traditions and practices associated with the Kayas in the sacred forests of the MijikendaKenya

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of Azerbaijani AshiqAzerbaijan
Art of Chinese seal engravingChina
Busó festivities at Mohács: masked end-of-winter carnival customHungary
Candombe and its socio-cultural space: a community practiceUruguay
ChakkirakoJapan
CheoyongmuRepublic of Korea
Chinese calligraphyChina
DaimokutateJapan
DoinaRomania
Dragon Boat festivalChina
Festivity of Saint Blaise, the patron of DubrovnikCroatia
Hayachine KaguraJapan
Indonesian BatikIndonesia
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
KaragözTurkey
Katta AshulaUzbekistan
Koshikijima no ToshidonJapan
MaloyaFrance
ManasChina
Manden Charter, proclaimed in Kurukan FugaMali
Mazu belief and customsChina
Mongolian art of singing, KhoomeiChina
NanyinChina
Places of memory and living traditions of the Otomí-Chichimecas people of Tolimán: the Peña de Bernal, guardian of a sacred territoryMexico
Procession of the Holy Blood in BrugesBelgium
Procession Za Krizen (‘following the cross’) on the island of HvarCroatia
Quan Họ Bắc Ninh folk songsViet Nam
Radif of Iranian musicIran (Islamic Republic of)
Ritual ceremony of the VoladoresMexico
Seto Leelo, Seto polyphonic singing traditionEstonia
TangoArgentina – Uruguay

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of Akyns, Kyrgyz epic tellersKyrgyzstan
Baltic song and dance celebrationsEstonia – Latvia – Lithuania
Barkcloth making in UgandaUganda
Bistritsa Babi, archaic polyphony, dances and rituals from the Shoplouk regionBulgaria
Căluş ritualRomania
Cross-crafting and its symbolismLithuania
Cultural space and oral culture of the SemeiskieRussian Federation
Cultural space of Palenque de San BasilioColombia
Cultural space of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos of Villa MellaDominican Republic
El GüegüenseNicaragua
Fujara and its musicSlovakia
Guqin and its musicChina
Hudhud chants of the IfugaoPhilippines
Indigenous festivity dedicated to the deadMexico
Iraqi MaqamIraq
Kankurang, Manding initiatory riteGambia – Senegal
Lakalaka, dances and sung speeches of TongaTonga
Maroon heritage of Moore TownJamaica
Mask dance of the drums from DrametseBhutan
Mbende Jerusarema danceZimbabwe
Mystery play of ElcheSpain
Oxherding and oxcart traditions in Costa RicaCosta Rica
Royal ballet of CambodiaCambodia
Song of Sana’aYemen
Taquile and its textile artPeru
Traditional music of the Morin KhuurMongolia
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