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

Al-Mansaf in Jordan, a festive banquet and its social and cultural meaningsJordan
August 15th (Dekapentavgoustos) festivities in two Highland Communities of Northern Greece: Tranos Choros (Grand Dance) in Vlasti and Syrrako FestivalGreece
Beekeeping in Slovenia, a way of lifeSlovenia
Furyu-odori, ritual dances imbued with people’s hopes and prayersJapan
Harissa, knowledge, skills and culinary and social practicesTunisia
Hungarian string band traditionHungary
Kalela danceZambia
Kun Lbokator, traditional martial arts in CambodiaCambodia
Lipizzan horse breeding traditionsAustria – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia – Hungary – Italy – Romania – Slovakia – Slovenia
Manual bell ringingSpain
Orteke, traditional performing art in Kazakhstan: dance, puppet and musicKazakhstan
Sericulture and traditional production of silk for weavingAfghanistan – Azerbaijan – Iran (Islamic Republic of) – Türkiye – Tajikistan – Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan
Social practices and knowledge related to the preparation and use of the traditional plum spirit – šljivovicaSerbia
Straw weaving in Belarus, art, craft and skillsBelarus
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
The art of the traditional blouse with embroidery on the shoulder (altiţă) — an element of cultural identity in Romania and the Republic of MoldovaRomania – Republic of Moldova
Turkmen-style needlework artTurkmenistan – Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Yaldā/ChellaIran (Islamic Republic of) – Afghanistan

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Art of pottery-making of Chăm peopleViet Nam
Culture of Ukrainian borscht cookingUkraine
Quinchamalí and Santa Cruz de Cuca potteryChile

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Portuguese-Galician border ICH: a safeguarding model created by Ponte...nas ondas!Portugal – Spain
Strategy for safeguarding traditional crafts: The Bearers of Folk Craft Tradition programmeCzechia

2021

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of Xòe dance of the Tai people in Viet NamViet Nam
Bakhshi artUzbekistan
Corso culture, flower and fruit parades in the NetherlandsNetherlands
Traditional craft skills and arts of Al-NaoorIraq

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Cultural practices and expressions linked to the 'M’Bolon', a traditional musical percussion instrumentMali

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Success story of promoting traditional foods and safeguarding traditional foodways in KenyaKenya

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
Grass mowing competition custom in KupresBosnia and Herzegovina
Nar Bayrami, traditional pomegranate festivity and cultureAzerbaijan
Sauna culture in FinlandFinland
Zlakusa pottery making, hand-wheel pottery making in the village of ZlakusaSerbia

2019

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Cultural Complex of Bumba-meu-boi from MaranhãoBrazil
Drotárstvo, wire craft and artSlovakia
Practices and craftsmanship associated with the Damascene rose in Al-MrahSyrian Arab Republic

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Spring rite of Juraŭski KarahodBelarus

2018

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Blaudruck/Modrotisk/Kékfestés/Modrotlač, resist block printing and indigo dyeing in EuropeAustria – Czechia – Germany – Hungary – Slovakia
Bobbin lacemaking in SloveniaSlovenia
Celebration in honor of the Budslaŭ icon of Our Lady (Budslaŭ fest)Belarus
Chidaoba, wrestling in GeorgiaGeorgia
Festivity of Las Parrandas in the centre of CubaCuba
Heritage of Dede Qorqud/Korkyt Ata/Dede Korkut, epic culture, folk tales and musicAzerbaijan – Kazakhstan – Türkiye
HurlingIreland
Međimurska popevka, a folksong from MeđimurjeCroatia
Pottery skills of the women of SejnaneTunisia
Raiho-shin, ritual visits of deities in masks and costumesJapan
Rūkada Nātya, traditional string puppet drama in Sri LankaSri Lanka
The skills related to perfume in Pays de Grasse: the cultivation of perfume plants, the knowledge and processing of natural raw materials, and the art of perfume compositionFrance

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

Cultural practices associated to the 1st of MarchBulgaria – North Macedonia – Republic of Moldova – Romania
Door-to-door rounds of KurentiSlovenia
Nsima, culinary tradition of MalawiMalawi
PuntoCuba

2016

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Bisalhães black pottery manufacturing processPortugal

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Twenty-Four Solar Terms, knowledge in China of time and practices developed through observation of the sun’s annual motionChina

2015

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Bagpipe cultureSlovakia
Lad’s dances in RomaniaRomania
Oshituthi shomagongo, marula fruit festivalNamibia
Surova folk feast in Pernik regionBulgaria
Tradition of kimchi-making in the Democratic People's Republic of KoreaDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Traditional Vallenato music of the Greater Magdalena regionColombia

2014

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Cante Alentejano, polyphonic singing from Alentejo, southern PortugalPortugal
Know-how of cultivating mastic on the island of ChiosGreece
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
Traditional agricultural practice of cultivating the ‘vite ad alberello’ (head-trained bush vines) of the community of PantelleriaItaly
Ví and Giặm folk songs of Nghệ TĩnhViet Nam
Washi, craftsmanship of traditional Japanese hand-made paperJapan
Zmijanje embroideryBosnia and Herzegovina

2013

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Chovqan, a traditional Karabakh horse-riding game in the Republic of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kimjang, making and sharing kimchi in the Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea

2012

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Folk art of the Matyó, embroidery of a traditional communityHungary
Ichapekene Piesta, the biggest festival of San Ignacio de Moxos Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Noken multifunctional knotted or woven bag, handcraft of the people of PapuaIndonesia

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Hezhen Yimakan storytellingChina
Saman danceIndonesia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Weaving of Mosi (fine ramie) in the Hansan regionRepublic of Korea

2010

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Gastronomic meal of the FrenchFrance
Houtem Jaarmarkt, annual winter fair and livestock market at Sint-Lievens-HoutemBelgium
Indonesian AngklungIndonesia
Kalbelia folk songs and dances of RajasthanIndia
Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of KeralaIndia
Traditional Mexican cuisine - ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigmMexico
Wayuu normative system, applied by the Pütchipü’üi (palabrero)Colombia
Yuki-tsumugi, silk fabric production techniqueJapan

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
Annual carnival bell ringers’ pageant from the Kastav areaCroatia
Âşıklık (minstrelsy) traditionTürkiye
Dainichido BugakuJapan
Grand song of the Dong ethnic groupChina
Irrigators’ tribunals of the Spanish Mediterranean coast: the Council of Wise Men of the plain of Murcia and the Water Tribunal of the plain of ValenciaSpain
Sericulture and silk craftsmanship of ChinaChina
Traditional handicrafts of making Xuan paperChina
Xi’an wind and percussion ensembleChina
YeongsanjaeRepublic of Korea

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridgesChina

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Baul songsBangladesh
Căluş ritualRomania
Canto a tenore, Sardinian pastoral songsItaly
Georgian polyphonic singingGeorgia
Oxherding and oxcart traditions in Costa RicaCosta Rica
Slovácko Verbuňk, recruit dancesCzechia
Vimbuza healing danceMalawi
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