Browse the Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Register of good safeguarding practices

2020 nominations will be discussed by the Committee during its 15th session in December 2020

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.




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Results : 67 elements corresponding to 42 countries

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2019

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Rituals and practices associated with Kit Mikayi shrineKenya
Sega tambour ChagosMauritius
Seperu folkdance and associated practicesBotswana
Spring rite of Juraŭski KarahodBelarus

2018

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

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

2017

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Taskiwin, martial dance of the western High AtlasMorocco
Whistled languageTurkey

2016

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Bisalhães black pottery manufacturing processPortugal
Chapei Dang VengCambodia
Cossack’s songs of Dnipropetrovsk RegionUkraine

2015

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Coaxing ritual for camelsMongolia
Glasoechko, male two-part singing in Dolni PologNorth Macedonia
Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro peoplesUganda
Manufacture of cowbellsPortugal

2014

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Isukuti dance of Isukha and Idakho communities of Western KenyaKenya
Male-child cleansing ceremony of the Lango of central northern UgandaUganda

2013

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Empaako tradition of the Batooro, Banyoro, Batuku, Batagwenda and Banyabindi of western UgandaUganda
Mongolian calligraphyMongolia
Nan Pa’ch ceremonyGuatemala

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
Earthenware pottery-making skills in Botswana’s Kgatleng DistrictBotswana

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
Moorish epic T’heydinnMauritania
Naqqāli, Iranian dramatic story-tellingIran (Islamic Republic of)
Saman danceIndonesia
Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian GulfIran (Islamic Republic of)

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Fandango's Living MuseumBrazil

2010

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

MeshrepChina
Watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junksChina
Wooden movable-type printing of ChinaChina

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
Mongol Biyelgee, Mongolian traditional folk danceMongolia
Suiti cultural spaceLatvia
Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridgesChina
Traditional Li textile techniques: spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroideringChina
Traditional music of the TsuurMongolia
Traditions and practices associated with the Kayas in the sacred forests of the MijikendaKenya

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

DoinaRomania
Lacemaking in CroatiaCroatia
ManasChina

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Education and training in Indonesian Batik intangible cultural heritage for elementary, junior, senior, vocational school and polytechnic students, in collaboration with the Batik Museum in PekalonganIndonesia

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ahellil of GouraraAlgeria
Al-Sirah Al-Hilaliyyah epicEgypt
Albanian folk iso-polyphonyAlbania
Bistritsa Babi, archaic polyphony, dances and rituals from the Shoplouk regionBulgaria
Carnival of OruroBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Chopi TimbilaMozambique
Cocolo dance drama traditionDominican Republic
El GüegüenseNicaragua
Fujara and its musicSlovakia
Hudhud chants of the IfugaoPhilippines
Ifa divination systemNigeria
Mak Yong theatreMalaysia
Mask dance of the drums from DrametseBhutan
Oral and graphic expressions of the WajapiBrazil
Samba de Roda of the Recôncavo of BahiaBrazil
Song of Sana’aYemen
Space of gong cultureViet Nam
Uyghur Muqam of XinjiangChina
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