During this year’s session in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, 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 H.E. Mr Samir Addahre, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO, allotted a total of USD$305,144 as part of the International Assistance mechanism to one project to further safeguard living heritage in Malawi titled ‘Safeguarding of ludodiversity in Malawi through formal and non-formal education’.
The Committee also selected 4 programmes for the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices, including ‘Al Sadu Educational Programme: Train the trainers in the art of weaving’ in Kuwait and the ‘Portuguese-Galician border ICH: a safeguarding model created by Ponte…nas ondas!’ in Portugal and Spain.
UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists now feature 678 elements corresponding to 140 countries.
Additions to List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding
Viet Nam: Art of pottery-making of Chăm people
Türkiye: Traditional Ahlat stonework
Additions to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
United Arab Emirates: Al Talli, traditional embroidery skills in the United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia, Oman and United Arab Emirates: Alheda’a, oral traditions of calling camel flocks
Andorra and France: Bear festivities in the Pyrenees
Slovenia: Beekeeping in Slovenia, a way of life
Iran (Islamic Republic of) and Syrian Arab Republic: Crafting and playing the Oud|element:01867]]
Azerbaijan and Türkiye: Culture of Çay (tea), a symbol of identity, hospitality and social interaction
United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen: Date palm, knowledge, skills, traditions and practices (the inscription of this element have been extended to countries in bold)
Guatemala: Holy Week in Guatemala
Hungary: Hungarian string band tradition
Zambia: Kalela dance
Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia: Lipizzan horse breeding traditions
Spain: Manual bell ringing
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Pyongyang Raengmyon custom
Algeria: Raï, popular folk song of Algeria
Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Türkiye, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: Sericulture and traditional production of silk for weaving
Republic of Korea: Talchum, mask dance drama in the Republic of Korea (pictured above)
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Türkiye, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: Telling tradition of Nasreddin Hodja/ Molla Nesreddin/ Molla Ependi/ Apendi/ Afendi Kozhanasyr Anecdotes
Austria, Czechia, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Spain: Timber rafting
Turkmenistan and Iran (Islamic Republic of): Turkmen-style needlework art
Iran (Islamic Republic of) and Afghanistan:Yaldā/Chella
Additions to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices
Portugal and Spain: Portuguese-Galician border ICH: a safeguarding model created by Ponte…nas ondas!
Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus and France: Tocatì, a shared programme for the safeguarding of traditional games and sports
17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (28 November 2022 – 3 December 2022)