During this year’s session, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed 4 elements on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, and 39 elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Members of the Committee, chaired by Mr Punchi Nilame Meegaswatte, Secretary-General of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO allotted a total of USD$554,440 as part of the International Assistance mechanism to 3 projects to further safeguard living heritage in Djibouti, Timor-Leste and Mongolia.
The Committee also added 4 programmes to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices, including the School of Living Traditions (SLT) in the Philippines and the success story of promoting traditional foods and safeguarding traditional foodways in Kenya.
For the first time this year, the Federated States of Micronesia, Montenegro, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Denmark, Seychelles, Timor-Leste, Iceland and Haiti had an element presented for inscription on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists, which now feature 630 elements corresponding to 140 countries.Dive into intangible cultural heritage and explore how those new elements fit into our interactive visualizations.
Additions to List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding
Federated States of Micronesia: Carolinian wayfinding and canoe making
Timor-Leste: Tais, traditional textile
Additions to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic: Falconry, a living human heritage (the inscription of this element have been extended to countries in bold)
Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen: Arabic calligraphy, knowledge, skills and practices
Denmark; Finland; Iceland; Norway; Sweden: Nordic clinker boat traditions
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo: Congolese rumba
Plurinational State of Bolivia: Grand Festival of Tarija
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: Festive cycle around the devotion and worship towards Saint John the Baptist
Ecuador: Pasillo, song and poetry
Thailand: Nora, dance drama in southern Thailand
India: Durga Puja in Kolkata
Madagascar: Malagasy Kabary, the Malagasy oratorical art
Senegal: Ceebu Jën, a culinary art of Senegal
Syrian Arab Republic: Al-Qudoud al-Halabiya
Denmark: Inuit drum dancing and singing
Portugal: Community festivities in Campo Maior
Belgium: Namur stilt jousting
Uzbekistan: Bakhshi art
Haiti: Joumou soup
Additions to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices
Philippines: The School of Living Traditions (SLT)
Islamic Republic of Iran: National programme to safeguard the traditional art of calligraphy in Iran
16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (13 December 2021 – 18 December 2021)