Lists of intangible cultural heritage and Register of best safeguarding practices

Results : 45 element(s)

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.

The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding (see criteria) is composed of intangible heritage elements that concerned communities and States Parties consider require urgent measures to keep them alive. Inscriptions on this List help to mobilize international cooperation and assistance for stakeholders to undertake appropriate safeguarding measures. During the period from 2009 to 2014, the Committee inscribed 38 elements on this List.

The Register of Best Safeguarding Practices (see criteria) contains programs, projects and activities that best reflect the principles and the objectives of the Convention. During the period from 2009 to 2014, the Committee selected 12 programmes, projects and activites for this Register.

The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (see criteria) is made up of those intangible heritage elements that help demonstrate the diversity of this heritage and raise awareness about its importance. In 2008 the Committee incorporated 90 elements (formerly proclaimed Masterpieces) into the Representative List and from 2009 to 2014, it inscribed 224 new elements for an overall number of 314 elements on the Representative List.

By clicking on the inscribed elements below, you can discover the nominations, photos and videos, together with Committee decisions and evidence of community consent.



Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Aalst carnivalBelgium
Acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicineChina
Al-Bar’ah, music and dance of Oman Dhofari valleysOman
Armenian cross-stones art. Symbolism and craftsmanship of KhachkarsArmenia
Chant of the Sybil on MajorcaSpain
Chhau danceIndia
Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identitiesFrance
Craftsmanship of Alençon needle lace-makingFrance
Daemokjang, traditional wooden architectureRepublic of Korea
Gagok, lyric song cycles accompanied by an orchestraRepublic of Korea
Gastronomic meal of the FrenchFrance
Gingerbread craft from Northern CroatiaCroatia
Gióng festival of Phù Ðông and Sóc templesViet Nam
Hopping procession of EchternachLuxembourg
Houtem Jaarmarkt, annual winter fair and livestock market at Sint-Lievens-HoutemBelgium
Huaconada, ritual dance of MitoPeru
Human towersSpain
Indonesian AngklungIndonesia
Kalbelia folk songs and dances of RajasthanIndia
Kırkpınar oil wrestling festivalTurkey
Krakelingen and Tonnekensbrand, end-of-winter bread and fire feast at GeraardsbergenBelgium
Kumiodori, traditional Okinawan musical theatreJapan
Marimba music and traditional chants from Colombia’s South Pacific regionColombia
Mongolian traditional art of KhöömeiMongolia
Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of KeralaIndia
Music of the Bakhshis of KhorasanIran (Islamic Republic of)
Naadam, Mongolian traditional festivalMongolia
Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei ritualsIran (Islamic Republic of)
Parachicos in the traditional January feast of Chiapa de CorzoMexico
Peking operaChina
Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépechaMexico
Ritual dramatic art of Ta‘zīyeIran (Islamic Republic of)
Scissors dancePeru
Semah, Alevi-Bektaşi ritualTurkey
Shrovetide door-to-door processions and masks in the villages of the Hlinecko areaCzech Republic
Sinjska Alka, a knights’ tournament in SinjCroatia
Sutartinės, Lithuanian multipart songsLithuania
Traditional art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving in the Republic of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
Traditional Mexican cuisine - ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigmMexico
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in FarsIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional skills of carpet weaving in KashanIran (Islamic Republic of)
Traditional Sohbet meetingsTurkey
Wayuu normative system, applied by the Pütchipü’üi (palabrero)Colombia
Yuki-tsumugi, silk fabric production techniqueJapan