The creation of a Inventory of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria as well as its continuous updating are tasks, which Austria agreed upon with the ratification of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009.
In order to ensure involvement by the heritage bearers during the inclusion process, we invite and encourage them to write their own applications and send them to the Austrian Commission for UNESCO.
An advisory panel comprising representatives from five federal ministries, the cultural departments of the nine provincial governments and ten scientific experts in cultural, social and natural sciences was set up for this purpose. The panel decides on the inclusion of the submitted elements into the Austrian Inventory of the Intangible Cultural Heritage twice per year.
The Austrian Inventory now comprises 77 elements - 9 in the domain of "Oral Traditions and Expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage", 14 in the domain "Performing Arts", 31 in the domain of "Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events", 8 in the domain "Knowledge and Practices concerning Nature and the Universe", and 15 in the domain of "Traditional Craftsmanship".