Cultural Heritage

Dances inscribed in the UNESCO

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

A working document prepared by Alkis Raftis

The International Dance Council CID, being the official organization for dance, presents a list of dances recognized by UNESCO as part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Dances are part of many customs or rituals included either in the Representative List or the Urgent Safeguarding List. We have listed below only cultural manifestations where dance is the central part.

Each item includes:

– Name of dance or dance related custom

– Year recognition was granted by UNESCO

– Countries concerned, in alphabetical order

For information of the dances below contact the CID Secretariat or CID Sections in the respective countries.


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