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 : 88 elements corresponding to 37 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

Pinisi, art of boatbuilding in South SulawesiIndonesia

2016

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Chapei Dang VengCambodia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Beer culture in BelgiumBelgium
Culture of Jeju Haenyeo (women divers)Republic of Korea
Kuresi in KazakhstanKazakhstan
Oshi Palav, a traditional meal and its social and cultural contexts in TajikistanTajikistan
Palov culture and traditionUzbekistan
Tahteeb, stick gameEgypt
YogaIndia

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Oselvar boat - reframing a traditional learning process of building and use to a modern contextNorway
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

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Aitysh/Aitys, art of improvisationKazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan
Classical horsemanship and the High School of the Spanish Riding School ViennaAustria
Copper craftsmanship of LahijAzerbaijan
Tinian marble craftsmanshipGreece

2014

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ebru, Turkish art of marblingTurkey
Kazakh traditional art of Dombra KuyKazakhstan
Mongolian knuckle-bone shootingMongolia
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
Traditional Mauritian SegaMauritius
Ví and Giặm folk songs of Nghệ TĩnhViet Nam
Washi, craftsmanship of traditional Japanese hand-made paperJapan

2013

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Mongolian calligraphyMongolia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of Đờn ca tài tử music and song in southern Viet NamViet Nam
Traditional art of Jamdani weavingBangladesh

2012

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Noken multifunctional knotted or woven bag, handcraft of the people of PapuaIndonesia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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
Traditional violin craftsmanship in CremonaItaly

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Strategy for training coming generations of Fujian puppetry practitioners China
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
Eshuva, Harákmbut sung prayers of Peru’s Huachipaire peoplePeru
Hezhen Yimakan storytellingChina
Naqqāli, Iranian dramatic story-tellingIran (Islamic Republic of)

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ceremonial Keşkek traditionTurkey
Equitation in the French traditionFrance
Jultagi, tightrope walkingRepublic of Korea
Mariachi, string music, song and trumpetMexico
Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial artRepublic of Korea

2010

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junksChina
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
Chhau danceIndia
Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identitiesFrance
Craftsmanship of Alençon needle lace-makingFrance
Daemokjang, traditional wooden architectureRepublic of Korea
Gastronomic meal of the FrenchFrance
Kırkpınar oil wrestling festivalTurkey
Mongolian traditional art of KhöömeiMongolia
Music of the Bakhshis of KhorasanIran (Islamic Republic of)
Peking operaChina
Traditional art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving in the Republic of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in KashanIran (Islamic Republic of)
Yuki-tsumugi, silk fabric production techniqueJapan

2009

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Mongol Biyelgee, Mongolian traditional folk danceMongolia
Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridgesChina
Traditional music of the TsuurMongolia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Âşıklık (minstrelsy) traditionTurkey
China engraved block printing techniqueChina
Chinese traditional architectural craftsmanship for timber-framed structuresChina
GagakuJapan
KaragözTurkey
Katta AshulaUzbekistan
Mazu belief and customsChina
Mongolian art of singing, KhoomeiChina
Radif of Iranian musicIran (Islamic Republic of)
Scribing tradition in French timber framingFrance
Sericulture and silk craftsmanship of ChinaChina
Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo GomeroSpain
Xi’an wind and percussion ensembleChina
Yueju operaChina

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Sirah Al-Hilaliyyah epicEgypt
Andean cosmovision of the KallawayaBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Art of Akyns, Kyrgyz epic tellersKyrgyzstan
Chopi TimbilaMozambique
Gbofe of Afounkaha, the music of the transverse trumps of the Tagbana communityCôte d'Ivoire
Guqin and its musicChina
Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatreIndia
Pansori epic chantRepublic of Korea
Traditional music of the Morin KhuurMongolia
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