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.

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.


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 : 45 elements corresponding to 4 regions and 31 countries
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2022

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Bear festivities in the PyreneesAndorra – France
Talchum, mask dance drama in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
Telling tradition of Nasreddin Hodja/ Molla Nesreddin/ Molla Ependi/ Apendi/ Afendi Kozhanasyr AnecdotesAzerbaijan – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Tajikistan – Türkiye – Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan

2021

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Nora, dance drama in southern ThailandThailand

2019

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kwagh-Hir theatrical performanceNigeria

2017

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

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

2016

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Puppetry in Slovakia and CzechiaSlovakia – Czechia
Škofja Loka passion playSlovenia

2012

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Nachi no Dengaku, a religious performing art held at the Nachi fire festivalJapan

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

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Naqqāli, Iranian dramatic story-tellingIran (Islamic Republic of)

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Chinese shadow puppetryChina
Sada Shin Noh, sacred dancing at Sada shrine, ShimaneJapan

2010

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

MeshrepChina

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kumiodori, traditional Okinawan musical theatreJapan
Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of KeralaIndia
Ritual dramatic art of Ta‘zīyeIran (Islamic Republic of)

2009

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Ca trù singingViet Nam
Rite of the Kalyady Tsars (Christmas Tsars)Belarus

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

CheoyongmuRepublic of Korea
GagakuJapan
Hayachine KaguraJapan
KaragözTürkiye
Katta AshulaUzbekistan
Namsadang NoriRepublic of Korea
Ramman, religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalayas, IndiaIndia
Tibetan operaChina
Yueju operaChina

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Arts of the Meddah, public storytellersTürkiye
Cocolo dance drama traditionDominican Republic
El GüegüenseNicaragua
Gangneung Danoje festivalRepublic of Korea
Kabuki theatreJapan
Kun Qu operaChina
Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatreIndia
Mak Yong theatreMalaysia
Mystery play of ElcheSpain
Ningyo Johruri Bunraku puppet theatreJapan
Nôgaku theatreJapan
Opera dei Pupi, Sicilian puppet theatreItaly
Patum of BergaSpain
Rabinal Achí dance drama traditionGuatemala
Ramlila, the traditional performance of the RamayanaIndia
Sbek Thom, Khmer shadow theatreCambodia
Wayang puppet theatreIndonesia
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