Periodic reporting on the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Convention provides in Article 29 that States Parties shall submit to the Committee reports on the legislative, regulatory and other measures taken for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in their territories. Current page presents the periodic reports and deadlines of a country: Kazakhstan (see overview on all States Parties).

Periodic reporting on the implementation of the Convention allows States Parties to assess their implementation of the Convention, evaluate their capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, report on their inventories of intangible cultural heritage and update the status of elements inscribed on the Representative List.

On the implementation of the Convention

Each State Party submits its periodic report to the Committee by 15 December of the sixth year following the year in which it deposited its instrument of ratification.

A report will be due on 15/12/2024


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Report submitted on 15/12/2017 and examined by the Committee in 2018


The Republic of Kazakhstan pays special attention to the preservation of historical and cultural monuments, as well as the revival of the traditions and customs of the peoples living on the territory of the country.
The program “Cultural Heritage” was developed and implemented on behalf of the President in 2003. In the process of implementing this program, 78 monuments of history and culture were restored. Due to the program particular attention has been paid for the study of the Middle Ages music, including such genres as historical songs and kuys. Results of the study were published an anthology of Kazakh traditional music called «Мәңгілік сарын: қазақтың 1000 күйі, 1000 әні» (“Eternal melody: 1000 kuys and 1000 songs of Kazakhs”).
Three Kazakhstan nominations were included in the World List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - yurts, aitys and kuys in 2014 and 2015.
In the period from 2012 to 2017, more than 15 folklore ethnographic and musical ethnographic expeditions were organized in Kazakhstan and abroad. In 2014, the Ministry of Culture and Sports presented a 100-volume series of Kazakh folklore “Babalar sozi”. Also the same year, scientists published a collection under the name “Ayndar Aitys”. Kazakhstan for the purposes of continuity of generations conducts various training courses to train manufacturing felt products and souvenirs. In 2016, 10 practical training on felt was organized alone state. Two of them - in Kyzylorda oblast, one training in Aktau, Astana, Karaganda, Almaty; one training on embroidered biz-keste (awl- embroidery) - in Aktau, Baku (one training in each city), one wood carving training - in Aktau, one ceramics training in Kyzylorda, one jewelry art (with trainer from Germany Martina Dempf) training in Astana. More than 150 young masters took part in these trainings.
From 6 to 12 April of 2012 training was held for national experts on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of ICH in Astana.
In 2012-2016, the Union of Craftsmen of Kazakhstan held 19 trainings to train unemployed women and handicraft teachers in the village of Kurlyk, Mangistau region. This training was implemented within the framework of the Eurasia Foundation project, as a result, 307 people were trained.
Four trainings were held for the unemployed, low-paid women and handcraft teachers in the Karaganda region. As a result, more than 60 people passed courses and later became trainers in schools for people with disabilities. Also a felt shop was created in this region.
From April 24 to 28 of the 2017 week training was held on the traditional manufacture of felt products for rural women on the basis of the workshop “AigulLine” in Almaty. Organizers of this event were the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty.
The following nominations were included to the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage: multinational nominations Nauryz (jointly with Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan); multinational nomination “Hunting with hunting birds” (together with Mongolia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, etc.); multinational nomination “The tradition of making fine bread: lavash, Katyrma, zhupka, yufka” (together with Iran, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey); national nomination “Kazak kuresi”.
In the current year, a report on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention has been prepared, in which works for the last 6 years have been fully covered.