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 : 138 elements corresponding to 81 countries

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2016

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Cossack’s songs of Dnipropetrovsk RegionUkraine

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)
Carnival of GranvilleFrance
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
Gada system, an indigenous democratic socio-political system of the OromoEthiopia
Khidr Elias feast and its vowsIraq
Living culture of three writing systems of the Georgian alphabetGeorgia
Mangal Shobhajatra on Pahela BaishakhBangladesh
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
Nawrouz, Novruz, Nowrouz, Nowrouz, Nawrouz, Nauryz, Nooruz, Nowruz, Navruz, Nevruz, Nowruz, NavruzAfghanistan – Azerbaijan – India – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Iraq – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Pakistan – Tajikistan – Turkey – Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan
Oshi Palav, a traditional meal and its social and cultural contexts in TajikistanTajikistan
Palov culture and traditionUzbekistan
Puppetry in Slovakia and CzechiaSlovakia – Czechia
Rumba in Cuba, a festive combination of music and dances and all the practices associatedCuba
Škofja Loka passion playSlovenia
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 craftsmanship of Çini-makingTurkey
Traditional wall-carpet craftsmanship in Romania and the Republic of MoldovaRomania – Republic of Moldova
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
Oselvar boat - reframing a traditional learning process of building and use to a modern contextNorway

2015

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Coaxing ritual for camelsMongolia
Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro peoplesUganda
Manufacture of cowbellsPortugal
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
Arabic coffee, a symbol of generosityUnited Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia – Oman – Qatar
Bagpipe cultureSlovakia
Copper craftsmanship of LahijAzerbaijan
Epic art of GoroglyTurkmenistan
Fichee-Chambalaalla, New Year festival of the Sidama peopleEthiopia
Filete porteño in Buenos Aires, a traditional painting techniqueArgentina
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
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

Isukuti dance of Isukha and Idakho communities of Western KenyaKenya

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Zajal, recited or sung poetryLebanon
Argan, practices and know-how concerning the argan treeMorocco
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
Capoeira circleBrazil
Ebru, Turkish art of marblingTurkey
Festivity of Virgen de la Candelaria of PunoPeru
Gwoka: music, song, dance and cultural practice representative of Guadeloupean identityFrance
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
Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in ArmeniaArmenia
Nongak, community band music, dance and rituals in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
Practices and expressions of joking relationships in NigerNiger
Pujllay and Ayarichi, music and dances of the Yampara cultureBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Ritual and ceremonies of Sebeïba in the oasis of Djanet, AlgeriaAlgeria
Ritual dance of the royal drumBurundi
Slava, celebration of family saint patron’s daySerbia
Smoke sauna tradition in VõromaaEstonia
Tchopa, sacrificial dance of the Lhomwe people of southern MalawiMalawi
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
Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab, IndiaIndia
Traditional knowledge and skills in making Kyrgyz and Kazakh yurts (Turkic nomadic dwellings)Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan
Traditional Mauritian SegaMauritius
Ví and Giặm folk songs of Nghệ TĩnhViet Nam

2013

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Chovqan, a traditional Karabakh horse-riding game in the Republic of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
Nan Pa’ch ceremonyGuatemala

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making methodGeorgia
Annual pilgrimage to the mausoleum of Sidi ‘Abd el-Qader Ben Mohammed (Sidi Cheikh)Algeria
Celebrations of big shoulder-borne processional structuresItaly
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
Kyrgyz epic trilogy: Manas, Semetey, SeytekKyrgyzstan
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
Practices and knowledge linked to the Imzad of the Tuareg communities of Algeria, Mali and NigerAlgeria – Mali – Niger
Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of ManipurIndia
Shrimp fishing on horseback in OostduinkerkeBelgium
Traditional art of Jamdani weavingBangladesh
Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese, notably for the celebration of New YearJapan

2012

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Earthenware pottery-making skills in Botswana’s Kgatleng DistrictBotswana

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
Arirang, lyrical folk song in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
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
Performance of the Armenian epic of 'Daredevils of Sassoun' or 'David of Sassoun'Armenia
Schemenlaufen, the carnival of Imst, AustriaAustria
Traditional weaving of the Ecuadorian toquilla straw hatEcuador
Venezuela's Dancing Devils of Corpus ChristiVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Al Sadu, traditional weaving skills in the United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
Eshuva, Harákmbut sung prayers of Peru’s Huachipaire peoplePeru
Moorish epic T’heydinnMauritania
Saman danceIndonesia
Secret society of the Kôrêdugaw, the rite of wisdom in MaliMali
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

Chinese shadow puppetryChina
Fado, urban popular song of PortugalPortugal
Festivity of ‘la Mare de Déu de la Salut’ of AlgemesíSpain
Mibu no Hana Taue, ritual of transplanting rice in Mibu, HiroshimaJapan
Sada Shin Noh, sacred dancing at Sada shrine, ShimaneJapan
Weaving of Mosi (fine ramie) in the Hansan regionRepublic of Korea

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Táncház method: a Hungarian model for the transmission of intangible cultural heritageHungary

2010

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Wooden movable-type printing of ChinaChina

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicineChina
Armenian cross-stones art. Symbolism and craftsmanship of KhachkarsArmenia
Daemokjang, traditional wooden architectureRepublic of Korea
Kumiodori, traditional Okinawan musical theatreJapan
Sutartinės, Lithuanian multipart songsLithuania
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

Ca trù singingViet Nam
Cantu in paghjella, a secular and liturgical oral tradition of CorsicaFrance

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Busó festivities at Mohács: masked end-of-winter carnival customHungary
Chinese paper-cutChina
Chinese traditional architectural craftsmanship for timber-framed structuresChina
Lefkara laces or LefkaritikaCyprus
Two-part singing and playing in the Istrian scaleCroatia

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
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