The Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage pdf Humanity was made by the Director-General of UNESCO starting in 2001 to raise awareness on intangible cultural heritage and encourage local communities to protect them and the local people who sustain these forms of cultural expressions. Several manifestations of intangible heritage around the world were awarded the title of Masterpieces to recognize the value of the non-material component of culture, as well as entail the commitment of states to promote and safeguard the Masterpieces. Further proclamations occurred biennially until 2005. Until 2005, a total of 90 Masterpieces from 70 countries had been proclaimed.
76 more elements were added on 30 September 2009, during the fourth session of the Committee. Language, literature, music and dance, games and sports, culinary traditions, rituals and mythologies, knowledge and practices concerning the universe, know-how linked to handicrafts, and cultural spaces are among the many forms of intangible heritage.