From organ music to a horse game
At its meeting on the South Korean Island of Jeju, the UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed 33 new elements on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The list includes includes forms of expression that testify to the diversity of the intangible heritage and raise awareness of its importance.
Among the new elements are organ craftsmanship and music from Germany as well as Konjic woodcarving from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The traditional horse game Kok boru from Kyrgyzstan and the system of water judges from Peru’s Corongo province have also made it to the list. At the meeting, the committee also agreed to financially support projects in Uganda and Zambia so that their intangible cultural heritage is protected for the future.
Intangible heritage is passed from one generation to the next and can be constantly newly interpreted and shaped. In total, 399 elements are inscribed on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The next annual committee meeting will take place from 26 November to 1 December 2018 in Port-Louis, Republic of Mauritius.