UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, seventh session
3-7 December 2012 (Paris, France)

During this session, the Committee inscribed four elements on the list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding, including: Ala-kiyiz and Shyrdak, art of Kyrgyz traditional felt carpets; Bigwala, gourd trumpet music and dance of the Busoga Kingdom in Uganda; Earthenware pottery-making skills in Botswana’s Kgatleng District; and Noken multifunctional knotted or woven bag, handcraft of the people of Papua in Indonesia. It also inscribed 27 elements on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, including, among others, falconry, and cultural practices and expressions linked to the balafon of the Senufo communities of Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. It also selected two safeguarding programmes for the register of best practices; granted four international assistance requests totalling US$660,000; and examined sixteen new periodic reports from States Parties. Read the release on the closing of the session …