Intangible Cultural Heritage


Intangible Cultural Heritage, also known as “living heritage”, refers to the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills transmitted by communities from generation to generation. To read more about intangible heritage, please visit the Intangible Cultural Heritage webpage.

UNESCO supports Palestine in its efforts to safeguard its living heritage and to strengthen the capacities of national partners, in accordance with the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003), through policy support and a capacity building programme.

Technical assistance was delivered to the Ministry of Culture for the preparation of the first candidature file concerning the Palestinian Hikaye (folktales) for the Proclamation of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, which was awarded the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Prize in 2006. 

The Palestinian Hikaye (folktales) has been inscribed in 2008  on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed in 2005).