Discover more about the congolese rumba and other newly inscribed elements!
© Jeanne Vu Van
17 December 2021

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

Estonia: Building and use of expanded dugout boats in the Soomaa region

Mali: Cultural practices and expressions linked to the ‘M’Bolon’, a traditional musical percussion instrument

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

Panama: Dances and expressions associated with the Corpus Christi Festivity

Peru: Pottery-related values, knowledge, lore and practices of the Awajún people

Malaysia: Songket

Indonesia: Gamelan

Thailand: Nora, dance drama in southern Thailand

Viet Nam: Art of Xòe dance of the Tai people in Viet Nam

India: Durga Puja in Kolkata

Sri Lanka: Traditional craftsmanship of making Dumbara Ratā Kalāla

Turkmenistan: Dutar making craftsmanship and traditional music performing art combined with singing

Seychelles: Moutya

Madagascar: Malagasy Kabary, the Malagasy oratorical art

Senegal: Ceebu Jën, a culinary art of Senegal

Bahrain: Fjiri

Iraq: Traditional craft skills and arts of Al-Naoor

Palestine: The art of embroidery in Palestine, practices, skills, knowledge and rituals

Syrian Arab Republic: Al-Qudoud al-Halabiya

Morocco: Tbourida

Turkey: Hüsn-i Hat, traditional calligraphy in Islamic art in Turkey

Finland: Kaustinen fiddle playing and related practices and expressions

Denmark: Inuit drum dancing and singing

Malta: L-Għana, a Maltese folksong tradition

Portugal: Community festivities in Campo Maior

Tajikistan: Falak

Bulgaria: Visoko multipart singing from Dolen and Satovcha, South-western Bulgaria

Ukraine: Ornek, a Crimean Tatar ornament and knowledge about it

Belgium: Namur stilt jousting

Italy: Truffle hunting and extraction in Italy, traditional knowledge and practice

Netherlands: Corso culture, flower and fruit parades in the Netherlands

Uzbekistan: Bakhshi art

Montenegro: Cultural Heritage of Boka Navy Kotor: a festive representation of a memory and cultural identity

Poland: Flower carpets tradition for Corpus Christi processions

Haiti: Joumou soup

Additions to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Philippines: The School of Living Traditions (SLT)

Kyrgyzstan: Nomad games, rediscovering heritage, celebrating diversity

Islamic Republic of Iran: National programme to safeguard the traditional art of calligraphy in Iran

Kenya: Success story of promoting traditional foods and safeguarding traditional foodways in Kenya


Related themes

  • 2003 Convention: General Assembly and Committee

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