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19.11.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Nairobi: Close of a week’s celebration of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The fifth session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee, chaired by Jacob Ole Miaron (Kenya) and meeting in Nairobi with some 450 participants, finished its work on 19 November by inscribing 51 new elements on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Heritage.

Four new elements were added to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, for a total number of 16. The new elements are:

  • China – Meshrep
  • China - The watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks
  • China - Wooden movable-type printing of China
  • Croatia - Ojkanje singing

             The 47 elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity are:

  • Armenia – Armenian cross-stones art. Symbolism and craftsmanship of Khachkars
  • Azerbaijan – The traditional art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving in the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Belgium – The Aalst carnival
  • Belgium – Houtem Jaarmarkt, annual winter fair and livestock market at Sint-Lievens-Houtem
  • Belgium – Krakelingen and Tonnekensbrand, end-of-winter bread and fire feast at Geraardsbergen
  • China – Acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicine 
  • China – Peking Opera
  • Colombia – Marimba music and traditional chants from Colombia’s South Pacific region
  • Colombia – The Wayuu normative system, applied by the Pütchipü’üi (palabrero)
  • Croatia – Gingerbread craft from Northern Croatia
  • Croatia – The Sinjska Alka, a knights’ tournament in Sinj 
  • Spain – Flamenco
  • Spain – Human towers
  • Spain – The chant of the Sybil on Majorca 
  • Spain, Greece, Italy and Morocco – The Mediterranean diet
  • France – Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identities
  • France – The craftsmanship of Alençon needle lace-making 
  • France –The gastronomic meal of the French 
  • India – Chhau dance
  • India – Kalbelia folk songs and dances of Rajasthan 
  • India – Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of Kerala 
  • Indonesia – Indonesian Angklung
  • Islamic Republic of Iran – The music of the Bakhshis of Khorasan
  • Islamic Republic of Iran – The Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei rituals   
  • Islamic Republic of Iran – The ritual dramatic art of Ta‘zīye
  • Islamic Republic of Iran – Traditional skills of carpet weaving in Fars  
  • Islamic Republic of Iran – Traditional skills of carpet weaving in Kashan   
  • Japan – Kumiodori, traditional Okinawan musical theatre 
  • Japan – Yuki-tsumugi, silk fabric production technique 
  • Lithuania – Sutartinės, Lithuanian multipart songs 
  • Luxemburg – The hopping procession of Echternach 
  • Mexico – Parachicos in the traditional January feast of Chiapa de Corzo 
  • Mexico – Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépecha 
  • Mexico – Traditional Mexican cuisine - ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigm
  • Mongolia – Naadam, Mongolian traditional festival
  • Mongolia – The Mongolian traditional art of Khöömei
  • Oman - Al-Bar’ah, music and dance of Oman Dhofari valleys
  • Peru – Huaconada, ritual dance of Mito
  • Peru – The scissors dance
  • Czech Republic – Shrovetide door-to-door processions and masks in the villages of the Hlinecko area
  • Republic of Korea – Daemokjang, traditional wooden architecture
  • Republic of Korea – Gagok, lyric song cycles accompanied by an orchestra
  • Turkey – Kırkpınar oil wrestling festival 
  • Turkey – Semah, Alevi-Bektaşi ritual
  • Turkey – Traditional Sohbet meetings
  • Vietnam – Gióng festival of Phù Ðông and Sóc temples 
  • United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Syrian Arab Republic – Falconry, a living human heritage

             The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity now comprises 213 elements.

             The 6th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee will be held in November 2011 in Bali (Indonesia) and chaired by Professor Aman Wirakartakusumah from Indonesia.

 For more information: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en

B-rolls: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/multimedia/news-videos/b-roll/

Video interview with Cécile Duvelle (UNESCO): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swyv-LOCkrE

Download videos of elements inscribed on Urgent Safeguarding list: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/multimedia/news-videos/b-roll/urgent-safeguarding-list/

Download videos of elements inscribed on Representative List:


Press contacts, UNESCO Division of Public Information:

 Lucía Iglesias Kuntz

+ 33(0)6 07 84 26 76 /   l.iglesias(at)unesco.org;

 Isabelle Le Fournis

                                   + 33(0)6 12 19 74 01 /  i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org

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