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.

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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 : 39 elements corresponding to 5 regions and 46 countries


List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Enkipaata, Eunoto and Olng'esherr, three male rites of passage of the Maasai communityKenya
Knowledge and skills of the water measurers of the foggaras or water bailiffs of Touat and TidikeltAlgeria
Lkhon Khol Wat Svay AndetCambodia
Shadow playSyrian Arab Republic
Suri Jagek (observing the sun), traditional meteorological and astronomical practice based on the observation of the sun, moon and stars in reference to the local topographyPakistan
Traditional hand puppetryEgypt
Yalli (Kochari, Tenzere), traditional group dances of NakhchivanAzerbaijan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of dry stone walling, knowledge and techniquesCroatia – Cyprus – France – Greece – Italy – Slovenia – Spain – Switzerland
As-Samer in JordanJordan
Avalanche risk managementSwitzerland – Austria
Blaudruck/Modrotisk/Kékfestés/Modrotlač, resist block printing and indigo dyeing in EuropeAustria – Czechia – Germany – Hungary – Slovakia
Bobbin lacemaking in SloveniaSlovenia
Celebration in honor of the Budslaŭ icon of Our Lady (Budslaŭ fest)Belarus
Chakan, embroidery art in the Republic of TajikistanTajikistan
Chidaoba, wrestling in GeorgiaGeorgia
Dondang SayangMalaysia
Festivity of Las Parrandas in the centre of CubaCuba
Heritage of Dede Qorqud/Korkyt Ata/Dede Korkut, epic culture, folk tales and musicAzerbaijan – Kazakhstan – Türkiye
Horse and camel ArdhahOman
Khon, masked dance drama in ThailandThailand
La Romería (the pilgrimage): ritual cycle of 'La llevada' (the carrying) of the Virgin of ZapopanMexico
Lum medicinal bathing of Sowa Rigpa, knowledge and practices concerning life, health and illness prevention and treatment among the Tibetan people in ChinaChina
Međimurska popevka, a folksong from MeđimurjeCroatia
Mooba dance of the Lenje ethnic group of Central Province of ZambiaZambia
Mwinoghe, joyous danceMalawi
Nativity scene (szopka) tradition in KrakowPoland
Picking of iva grass on Ozren mountainBosnia and Herzegovina
Pottery skills of the women of SejnaneTunisia
Raiho-shin, ritual visits of deities in masks and costumesJapan
Reggae music of JamaicaJamaica
Ritual and festive expressions of the Congo culturePanama
Rūkada Nātya, traditional string puppet drama in Sri LankaSri Lanka
Singing to the accompaniment of the GusleSerbia
Tamboradas drum-playing ritualsSpain
The skills related to perfume in Pays de Grasse: the cultivation of perfume plants, the knowledge and processing of natural raw materials, and the art of perfume compositionFrance
Traditional Korean wrestling (Ssirum/Ssireum)Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – Republic of Korea
Traditional spring festive rites of the Kazakh horse breedersKazakhstan

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Land-of-Legends programme, for promoting and revitalizing the art of storytelling in Kronoberg RegionSweden