Find out the newly inscribed elements on the 2003 Convention Lists

"Bakolo Music International, the oldest traditional congolese rumba music group during a rehearsal In Kinshasa"© Jeanne Vu Van

During this year’s session, 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 Mr Punchi Nilame Meegaswatte, Secretary-General of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO allotted a total of USD$554,440 as part of the International Assistance mechanism to 3 projects to further safeguard living heritage in Djibouti, Timor-Leste and Mongolia.

The Committee also added 4 programmes to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices, including the School of Living Traditions (SLT) in the Philippines and the success story of promoting traditional foods and safeguarding traditional foodways in Kenya.

For the first time this year, the Federated States of Micronesia, Montenegro, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Denmark, Seychelles, Timor-Leste, Iceland and Haiti had an element presented for inscription on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists, which now feature 630 elements corresponding to 140 countries.

Dive into intangible cultural heritage and explore how those new elements fit into our interactive visualizations.

Additions to List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

  • Federated States of Micronesia: Carolinian wayfinding and canoe making
  • Timor-Leste: Tais, traditional textile
  • Estonia: Building and use of expanded dugout boats in the Soomaa region
  • Mali: Cultural practices and expressions linked to the ‘M’Bolon’, a traditional musical percussion instrument
  • Additions to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

  • United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic: Falconry, a living human heritage (the inscription of this element have been extended to countries in bold)
  • Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen: Arabic calligraphy, knowledge, skills and practices
  • Denmark; Finland; Iceland; Norway; Sweden: Nordic clinker boat traditions
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo: Congolese rumba
  • Plurinational State of Bolivia: Grand Festival of Tarija
  • Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: Festive cycle around the devotion and worship towards Saint John the Baptist
  • Ecuador: Pasillo, song and poetry
  • Panama: Dances and expressions associated with the Corpus Christi Festivity
  • Peru: Pottery-related values, knowledge, lore and practices of the Awajún people
  • Malaysia: Songket
  • Indonesia: Gamelan
  • Thailand: Nora, dance drama in southern Thailand
  • Viet Nam: Art of Xòe dance of the Tai people in Viet Nam
  • India: Durga Puja in Kolkata
  • Sri Lanka: Traditional craftsmanship of making Dumbara Ratā Kalāla
  • Turkmenistan: Dutar making craftsmanship and traditional music performing art combined with singing
  • Seychelles: Moutya
  • Madagascar: Malagasy Kabary, the Malagasy oratorical art
  • Senegal: Ceebu Jën, a culinary art of Senegal
  • Bahrain: Fjiri
  • Iraq: Traditional craft skills and arts of Al-Naoor
  • Palestine: The art of embroidery in Palestine, practices, skills, knowledge and rituals
  • Syrian Arab Republic: Al-Qudoud al-Halabiya
  • Morocco: Tbourida
  • Turkey: Hüsn-i Hat, traditional calligraphy in Islamic art in Turkey
  • Finland: Kaustinen fiddle playing and related practices and expressions
  • Denmark: Inuit drum dancing and singing
  • Malta: L-Għana, a Maltese folksong tradition
  • Portugal: Community festivities in Campo Maior
  • Tajikistan: Falak
  • Bulgaria: Visoko multipart singing from Dolen and Satovcha, South-western Bulgaria
  • Ukraine: Ornek, a Crimean Tatar ornament and knowledge about it
  • Belgium: Namur stilt jousting
  • Italy: Truffle hunting and extraction in Italy, traditional knowledge and practice
  • Netherlands: Corso culture, flower and fruit parades in the Netherlands
  • Uzbekistan: Bakhshi art
  • Montenegro: Cultural Heritage of Boka Navy Kotor: a festive representation of a memory and cultural identity
  • Poland: Flower carpets tradition for Corpus Christi processions
  • Haiti: Joumou soup
  • Additions to the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

  • Philippines: The School of Living Traditions (SLT)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Nomad games, rediscovering heritage, celebrating diversity
  • Islamic Republic of Iran: National programme to safeguard the traditional art of calligraphy in Iran
  • Kenya: Success story of promoting traditional foods and safeguarding traditional foodways in Kenya
  • Meeting

  • 16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee (13 December 2021 – 18 December 2021)