Purpose of the National Inventory of ICH

The National Inventory is the filing of the elements of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece in the form of an inventory. It aims to provide a valid and up-to-date picture of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece (Frequently Asked Questions). The aim pursued through the National Directory of ICH of Greece, is for the bearers of ICH (communities, groups, even individuals)  to be able to share their own cultural experience with the domestic and international audience, to talk about their collective identity, to formulate proposals for the study and, above all, the safeguarding of their intangible cultural heritage.

The information related to each element of intangible cultural heritage that is inscribed on the National Inventory is depicted in the “form of the element of Intangible Cultural Heritage”, which is completed and updated on a regular basis by the community of the bearers of the element, in cooperation with the Directorate of Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports with the assistance of the National Scientific Committee for the Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. (Detailed instructions for completing the Form).

According to Article 12 of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage “To ensure identification with a view to safeguarding, each State Party shall draw up, in a manner geared to its own situation, one or more inventories of the intangible cultural heritage present in its territory.” These inventories should be updated regularly and each Member State, when submitting its periodic report to the Commission (see here : for the periodic report submitted by Greece in 2015), must provide data about the national inventory/ies of intangible cultural heritage.

The following elements have been inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece so far:

  1. The Mediterranean Diet (2013)
  2. Know – how of Cultivating Mastic on the island of Chios (2013)
  3. The craft of wooden shipbuilding (2013)
  4. Tinian Marble Craftsmanship (2013)
  5. Momoeria, New Year’s celebration in eight villages of Kozani area, West Macedonia, Greece (2013)
  6. Sacred forests of the villages of Zagori and Konitsa (2015)
  7. The Art of Drystone Walling (2015)
  8. The Art of Chanting (2015)
  9. Tsakonian Dance (2015)
  10. Rebetiko (2016)
  11. Shadow Theater (Karagiozis) (2016)
  12. Polyphonic Singing in Epirus (2016)
  13. Traditional Festival in Syrrako (2016)
  14. Transhumant Livestock Farming (2017)
  15. Soap making Patounis (2017)
  16. The Traditional Art of Stone in Lagadia, Arcadia (2017)