The Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of 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.
To date, a total of 90 Masterpieces from 70 countries have been proclaimed. It's a long list, but I would like to focus on Southeast Asian masterpieces.
The Royal Ballet of
Sbek Thom, Khmer Shadow Theatre
The Wayang Puppet Theatre
The Indonesian Kris
The Indonesian Batik
Mak Yong Theatre
The Darangen Epic of the Maranao People of
Nha Nhac, Vietnamese Court Music
Space of Gong Culture
The Quan ho folk songs