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 listed below, you can discover the nominations, photos and videos, together with Committee decisions and evidence of community consent.

You may also experience a conceptual, visual and interactive navigation through ‘Dive into Intangible Cultural Heritage’ interfaces which demonstrate the thematic interconnectedness between all the elements inscribed and their relation to nature or to threats.


The designations employed in the texts and documents of the nomination presented by the submitting State Party or States Parties do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Committee nor UNESCO concerning a) the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, b) the legal status of its authorities or c) the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.




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Results : 21 elements corresponding to 14 countries
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2022

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Crafting and playing the OudIran (Islamic Republic of) – Syrian Arab Republic
Sericulture and traditional production of silk for weavingAfghanistan – Azerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Türkiye – Tajikistan – Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan
Turkmen-style needlework artTurkmenistan – Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Yaldā/ChellaIran (Islamic Republic of) – Afghanistan

2021

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

National programme to safeguard the traditional art of calligraphy in IranIran (Islamic Republic of)

2020

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of miniatureAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Türkiye – Uzbekistan
Pilgrimage to the St. Thaddeus Apostle MonasteryIran (Islamic Republic of) – Armenia

2019

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Traditional skills of crafting and playing DotārIran (Islamic Republic of)

2017

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of crafting and playing with Kamantcheh/Kamancha, a bowed string musical instrumentAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Chogān, a horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytellingIran (Islamic Republic of)

2016

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, YufkaAzerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Türkiye
Nawrouz, Novruz, Nowrouz, Nowrouz, Nawrouz, Nauryz, Nooruz, Nowruz, Navruz, Nevruz, Nowruz, NavruzAfghanistan – Azerbaijan – India – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Iraq – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Uzbekistan – Pakistan – Tajikistan – Turkmenistan – Türkiye

2012

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Qālišuyān rituals of Mašhad-e Ardehāl in KāšānIran (Islamic Republic of)

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Naqqāli, Iranian dramatic story-tellingIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian GulfIran (Islamic Republic of)

2010

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Music of the Bakhshis of KhorasanIran (Islamic Republic of)
Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei ritualsIran (Islamic Republic of)
Ritual dramatic art of Ta‘zīyeIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in FarsIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in KashanIran (Islamic Republic of)

2009

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Radif of Iranian musicIran (Islamic Republic of)
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