UNESCO intangible cultural heritage / Living traditions

UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The UNESCO Convention aims to preserve living cultural heritage. Switzerland works actively within UNESCO to implement the Convention.

Fabrik Reuge SA in Sainte-Croix (VD) © Jean-Paul Maeder, 1984

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in Switzerland

Several Swiss traditions are featured on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage, with additional candidates in the pipeline.

Betrufer Heinz Bucher, Alp Under Blatte ob Flühli, Kanton Luzern, 2005 © Priska Ketterer, Luzern

List of living traditions

The list of living traditions is the national inventory of living cultural heritage.

Supporting projects

Various projects raise awareness of the importance of living cultural heritage. They support implementation of the Convention in Switzerland.

Zivildiensteinsatz Stiftung Umwelt-Einsatz Schweiz


The Confederation can support projects that seek to safeguard Switzerland’s living cultural heritage.

Archiv Appenzellerland Tourismus


Here you’ll find press releases and other news from the field of living cultural heritage.