Discover the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Sites in France
What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?
The term cultural heritage can refer to much more than just monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions and living expressions which we have inherited from our ancestors and which we pass on to our descendants.
These can include:
- oral traditions
- performing arts
- social customs
- rituals and festive celebrations
- knowledge and customs concerning nature and the universe
- knowledge and expertise relating to traditional arts and crafts
A representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in France
- In 2012
The “fest-noz”, a festival celebrating traditional Breton dances
- In 2011
French traditional horse riding
- In 2010
“Compagnonnage”, a network for the handing down of trade expertise and identities
Gastronomic French meal
Alençon needle lace-making craftsmanship
The tradition of scribing in French timber framing
List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of immediate safeguarding
“Cantu in paghjella”, a secular and liturgical oral tradition in Corsica.