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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2021

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Malagasy Kabary, the Malagasy oratorical artMadagascar

2020

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

PantunIndonesia – Malaysia

2018

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Land-of-Legends programme, for promoting and revitalizing the art of storytelling in Kronoberg RegionSweden

2015

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Razfa, a traditional performing artUnited Arab Emirates – Oman
Epic art of GoroglyTurkmenistan
Majlis, a cultural and social spaceUnited Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia – Oman – Qatar

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro peoplesUganda

2014

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Zajal, recited or sung poetryLebanon

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Mapoyo oral tradition and its symbolic reference points within their ancestral territoryVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

2012

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Al-Taghrooda, traditional Bedouin chanted poetry in the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of OmanUnited Arab Emirates – Oman
Performance of the Armenian epic of 'Daredevils of Sassoun' or 'David of Sassoun'Armenia

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Hezhen Yimakan storytellingChina
Moorish epic T’heydinnMauritania

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Tsiattista poetic duellingCyprus

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Art of Akyns, Kyrgyz epic tellersKyrgyzstan
Arts of the Meddah, public storytellersTürkiye
Cultural space of Sosso-BalaGuinea
Hudhud chants of the IfugaoPhilippines
Language, dance and music of the GarifunaBelize – Guatemala – Honduras – Nicaragua
Oral and graphic expressions of the WajapiBrazil
Oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara peopleEcuador – Peru
Oral heritage of GeledeBenin – Nigeria – Togo
Palestinian HikayePalestine
Tradition of Vedic chantingIndia
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