This year at the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting in Namibia, UNESCO added a total of 25 new elements to its lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
UNESCO established its lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008 with an aim to ensure better protection and preservation of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and raise awareness of their significance. Since 2010, the programme combines two lists – a longer Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and a relatively more compact List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is comprised of cultural practices, norms and traditions that demonstrate world cultural diversity and help raise awareness for this initiative. 20 of the new elements have been added to this list. Notable mentions include the art of making Arabian coffee, North Korean 'Kimchi', Summer solstice fire festivals in the Pyrenees, 'Filete porteño' from Buenos Aires, a traditional Argentine painting technique and Bulgarian 'Surova Folk Feast' in Pernik region.
Five new elements were added this year to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, which comprises of intangible cultural heritages in need of urgent measures to prevent extinction. The selected heritages for 2015 are Traditional Vallenato music of the Greater Magdalena region (Colombia), Coaxing ritual for camels(Mongolia), Manufacture of cowbells(Portugal), 'Glasoechko', male two-part singing in Dolni Polog (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), and Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro people (Uganda).