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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2022

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ancestral system of knowledge of the four indigenous peoples, Arhuaco, Kankuamo, Kogui and Wiwa of the Sierra Nevada de Santa MartaColombia
August 15th (Dekapentavgoustos) festivities in two Highland Communities of Northern Greece: Tranos Choros (Grand Dance) in Vlasti and Syrrako FestivalGreece
Bear festivities in the PyreneesAndorra – France
Crafting and playing the OudIran (Islamic Republic of) – Syrian Arab Republic
Festivity of Saint Tryphon and the Kolo (chain dance) of Saint Tryphon, traditions of Croats from Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor) who live in the Republic of CroatiaCroatia
Furyu-odori, ritual dances imbued with people’s hopes and prayersJapan
Hungarian string band traditionHungary
Kalela danceZambia
Kun Lbokator, traditional martial arts in CambodiaCambodia
Orteke, traditional performing art in Kazakhstan: dance, puppet and musicKazakhstan
Raï, popular folk song of AlgeriaAlgeria
Talchum, mask dance drama in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
The practice of Modern Dance in GermanyGermany

2021

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Qudoud al-HalabiyaSyrian Arab Republic
Art of Xòe dance of the Tai people in Viet NamViet Nam
Congolese rumbaDemocratic Republic of the Congo – Congo
Cultural Heritage of Boka Navy Kotor: a festive representation of a memory and cultural identityMontenegro
Dances and expressions associated with the Corpus Christi FestivityPanama
FalakTajikistan
FjiriBahrain
Grand Festival of TarijaBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Inuit drum dancing and singingDenmark
Kaustinen fiddle playing and related practices and expressions Finland
MoutyaSeychelles
Nora, dance drama in southern ThailandThailand
Pasillo, song and poetryEcuador

2020

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Aixan/Gana/Ob#ANS TSI //Khasigu, ancestral musical sound knowledge and skillsNamibia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Budima danceZambia
Nar Bayrami, traditional pomegranate festivity and cultureAzerbaijan
Ong Chun/Wangchuan/Wangkang ceremony, rituals and related practices for maintaining the sustainable connection between man and the oceanChina – Malaysia
PantunIndonesia – Malaysia

2019

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

‘Hatajo de Negritos’ and ‘Hatajo de Pallitas’ from the Peruvian south-central coastlinePeru
Cultural Complex of Bumba-meu-boi from MaranhãoBrazil
Khorazm dance, LazgiUzbekistan
Kwagh-Hir theatrical performanceNigeria
Morna, musical practice of Cabo VerdeCabo Verde
Music and dance of Dominican BachataDominican Republic
Practice of traditional music and dance in Setesdal, playing, dancing and singing (stev/stevjing)Norway
The festival of the Santísima Trinidad del Señor Jesús del Gran Poder in the city of La PazBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Winter festivities, Carnival of PodencePortugal

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Buklog, thanksgiving ritual system of the SubanenPhilippines
Sega tambour ChagosMauritius
Seperu folkdance and associated practicesBotswana

2018

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

As-Samer in JordanJordan
Avalanche risk managementSwitzerland – Austria
Chidaoba, wrestling in GeorgiaGeorgia
Festivity of Las Parrandas in the centre of CubaCuba
Khon, masked dance drama in ThailandThailand
La Romería (the pilgrimage): ritual cycle of 'La llevada' (the carrying) of the Virgin of ZapopanMexico
Međimurska popevka, a folksong from MeđimurjeCroatia
Mooba dance of the Lenje ethnic group of Central Province of ZambiaZambia
Mwinoghe, joyous danceMalawi
Picking of iva grass on Ozren mountainBosnia and Herzegovina
Raiho-shin, ritual visits of deities in masks and costumesJapan
Ritual and festive expressions of the Congo culturePanama
Traditional Korean wrestling (Ssirum/Ssireum)Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – Republic of Korea
Traditional spring festive rites of the Kazakh horse breedersKazakhstan

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Lkhon Khol Wat Svay AndetCambodia
Yalli (Kochari, Tenzere), traditional group dances of NakhchivanAzerbaijan

2017

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Artisanal processes and plant fibers techniques for talcos, crinejas and pintas weaving of the pinta’o hatPanama
Khaen music of the Lao peopleLao People's Democratic Republic
Kochari, traditional group danceArmenia
Kolo, traditional folk danceSerbia
Kushtdepdi rite of singing and dancingTurkmenistan
RebetikoGreece
Sega tambour of Rodrigues IslandMauritius
Spring celebration, HıdrellezNorth Macedonia – Türkiye
Traditional system of Corongo’s water judgesPeru
Zaouli, popular music and dance of the Guro communities in Côte d’IvoireCôte d'Ivoire

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Bulgarian Chitalishte (Community Cultural Centre): practical experience in safeguarding the vitality of the Intangible Cultural HeritageBulgaria

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Taskiwin, martial dance of the western High AtlasMorocco

2016

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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)
Culture of Jeju Haenyeo (women divers)Republic of Korea
Khidr Elias feast and its vowsIraq
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 – Uzbekistan – Pakistan – Tajikistan – Turkmenistan – Türkiye
Practices related to the Viet beliefs in the Mother Goddesses of Three RealmsViet Nam
Rumba in Cuba, a festive combination of music and dances and all the practices associatedCuba
Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in JapanJapan

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Festival of folklore in Koprivshtitsa: a system of practices for heritage presentation and transmissionBulgaria

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ma'di bowl lyre music and danceUganda

2015

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Razfa, a traditional performing artUnited Arab Emirates – Oman
Alardah Alnajdiyah, dance, drumming and poetry in Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
Bagpipe cultureSlovakia
Fichee-Chambalaalla, New Year festival of the Sidama peopleEthiopia
Lad’s dances in RomaniaRomania
Marimba music, traditional chants and dances from the Colombia South Pacific region and Esmeraldas Province of EcuadorColombia – Ecuador
Oshituthi shomagongo, marula fruit festivalNamibia
Three genres of traditional dance in BaliIndonesia
Wititi dance of the Colca ValleyPeru

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro peoplesUganda
Traditional Vallenato music of the Greater Magdalena regionColombia

2014

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Ayyala, a traditional performing art of the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab EmiratesOman – United Arab Emirates
Baile ChinoChile
Capoeira circleBrazil
Coming forth of the masks and puppets in MarkalaMali
Festivity of Virgen de la Candelaria of PunoPeru
Gwoka: music, song, dance and cultural practice representative of Guadeloupean identityFrance
Kopachkata, a social dance from the village of Dramche, PijanecNorth Macedonia
Nongak, community band music, dance and rituals in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
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
Tchopa, sacrificial dance of the Lhomwe people of southern MalawiMalawi
Traditional Mauritian SegaMauritius

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Isukuti dance of Isukha and Idakho communities of Western KenyaKenya

2013

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Annual pilgrimage to the mausoleum of Sidi ‘Abd el-Qader Ben Mohammed (Sidi Cheikh)Algeria
Commemoration feast of the finding of the True Holy Cross of ChristEthiopia
La Parranda de San Pedro de Guarenas y GuatireVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Men’s group Colindat, Christmas-time ritualRepublic of Moldova – Romania
Music of TerchováSlovakia
Sankirtana, ritual singing, drumming and dancing of ManipurIndia
Xooy, a divination ceremony among the Serer of Senegal Senegal

2012

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Arirang, lyrical folk song in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
Buddhist chanting of Ladakh: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, IndiaIndia
Fest-Noz, festive gathering based on the collective practice of traditional dances of BrittanyFrance
Festival of Saint Francis of Assisi, QuibdóColombia
Folk art of the Matyó, embroidery of a traditional communityHungary
Frevo, performing arts of the Carnival of RecifeBrazil
Ichapekene Piesta, the biggest festival of San Ignacio de Moxos Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Nachi no Dengaku, a religious performing art held at the Nachi fire festivalJapan
Schemenlaufen, the carnival of Imst, AustriaAustria
Venezuela's Dancing Devils of Corpus ChristiVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Bigwala, gourd trumpet music and dance of the Busoga Kingdom in UgandaUganda

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Xtaxkgakget Makgkaxtlawana: the Centre for Indigenous Arts and its contribution to safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of the Totonac people of Veracruz, MexicoMexico

2011

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Fado, urban popular song of PortugalPortugal
Festivity of ‘la Mare de Déu de la Salut’ of AlgemesíSpain
Jultagi, tightrope walkingRepublic of Korea
Nijemo Kolo, silent circle dance of the Dalmatian hinterlandCroatia
Pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllurit’iPeru
Sada Shin Noh, sacred dancing at Sada shrine, ShimaneJapan
Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial artRepublic of Korea
Traditional knowledge of the jaguar shamans of YuruparíColombia

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Fandango's Living MuseumBrazil
Programme of cultivating ludodiversity: safeguarding traditional games in FlandersBelgium
Táncház method: a Hungarian model for the transmission of intangible cultural heritageHungary

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Saman danceIndonesia
Yaokwa, the Enawene Nawe people's ritual for the maintenance of social and cosmic orderBrazil

2010

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Bar’ah, music and dance of Oman Dhofari valleysOman
Chhau danceIndia
FlamencoSpain
Gióng festival of Phù Ðông and Sóc templesViet Nam
Hopping procession of EchternachLuxembourg
Huaconada, ritual dance of MitoPeru
Kalbelia folk songs and dances of RajasthanIndia
Kumiodori, traditional Okinawan musical theatreJapan
Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of KeralaIndia
Naadam, Mongolian traditional festivalMongolia
Parachicos in the traditional January feast of Chiapa de CorzoMexico
Scissors dancePeru
Semah, Alevi-Bektaşi ritualTürkiye
Shrovetide door-to-door processions and masks in the villages of the Hlinecko areaCzechia
Sutartinės, Lithuanian multipart songsLithuania
Traditional Sohbet meetingsTürkiye

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

MeshrepChina

2009

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Akiu no Taue OdoriJapan
Art of Azerbaijani AshiqAzerbaijan
Candombe and its socio-cultural space: a community practiceUruguay
CheoyongmuRepublic of Korea
Dainichido BugakuJapan
DoinaRomania
Dragon Boat festivalChina
Farmers’ dance of China’s Korean ethnic groupChina
GagakuJapan
GanggangsullaeRepublic of Korea
Hayachine KaguraJapan
Ijele masqueradeNigeria
MaloyaFrance
Mazu belief and customsChina
Namsadang NoriRepublic of Korea
Nestinarstvo, messages from the past: the Panagyr of Saints Constantine and Helena in the village of BulgariBulgaria
Places of memory and living traditions of the Otomí-Chichimecas people of Tolimán: the Peña de Bernal, guardian of a sacred territoryMexico
Ramman, religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalayas, IndiaIndia
Ritual ceremony of the VoladoresMexico
Septennial re-roofing ceremony of the Kamablon, sacred house of KangabaMali
Spring procession of Ljelje/Kraljice (queens) from GorjaniCroatia
TangoArgentina – Uruguay
Tibetan operaChina
Traditional Ainu danceJapan
Traditional manufacturing of children’s wooden toys in Hrvatsko ZagorjeCroatia
YeongsanjaeRepublic of Korea

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ca trù singingViet Nam
Mongol Biyelgee, Mongolian traditional folk danceMongolia
Qiang New Year festivalChina
Sanké mon, collective fishing rite of the SankéMali
Suiti cultural spaceLatvia
Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridgesChina

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Ahellil of GouraraAlgeria
Baltic song and dance celebrationsEstonia – Latvia – Lithuania
Baul songsBangladesh
Bistritsa Babi, archaic polyphony, dances and rituals from the Shoplouk regionBulgaria
Căluş ritualRomania
Canto a tenore, Sardinian pastoral songsItaly
Carnival of BarranquillaColombia
Carnival of BincheBelgium
Carnival of OruroBolivia (Plurinational State of)
Chopi TimbilaMozambique
Cocolo dance drama traditionDominican Republic
Cultural space of Boysun DistrictUzbekistan
Cultural space of Jemaa el-Fna SquareMorocco
Cultural space of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos of Villa MellaDominican Republic
Darangen epic of the Maranao people of Lake LanaoPhilippines
Duduk and its musicArmenia
El GüegüenseNicaragua
Gbofe of Afounkaha, the music of the transverse trumps of the Tagbana communityCôte d'Ivoire
Gule WamkuluMalawi – Mozambique – Zambia
Kankurang, Manding initiatory riteGambia – Senegal
Kihnu cultural spaceEstonia
La Tumba FrancesaCuba
Lakalaka, dances and sung speeches of TongaTonga
Language, dance and music of the GarifunaBelize – Guatemala – Honduras – Nicaragua
Mak Yong theatreMalaysia
Makishi masqueradeZambia
Maroon heritage of Moore TownJamaica
Mask dance of the drums from DrametseBhutan
Mbende Jerusarema danceZimbabwe
Mevlevi Sema ceremonyTürkiye
Nha Nhac, Vietnamese court musicViet Nam
Nôgaku theatreJapan
Oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara peopleEcuador – Peru
Oral heritage of GeledeBenin – Nigeria – Togo
Patum of BergaSpain
Polyphonic singing of the Aka Pygmies of Central AfricaCentral African Republic
Processional giants and dragons in Belgium and FranceBelgium – France
Rabinal Achí dance drama traditionGuatemala
Royal ancestral ritual in the Jongmyo shrine and its musicRepublic of Korea
Royal ballet of CambodiaCambodia
Samba de Roda of the Recôncavo of BahiaBrazil
Sbek Thom, Khmer shadow theatreCambodia
Slovácko Verbuňk, recruit dancesCzechia
Song of Sana’aYemen
Traditional music of the Morin KhuurMongolia
Urtiin Duu, traditional folk long songChina – Mongolia
Uyghur Muqam of XinjiangChina
Vimbuza healing danceMalawi
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