Based on the framework set out in the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Government has been supporting the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) through various means, including the identification, documentation, research, preservation, promotion and transmission of such heritage. In 2008, the Home Affairs Bureau established the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, comprising local academics, experts and community personalities, to advise the Government on the territory-wide survey of ICH and measures to safeguard the ICH.

Terms of reference:

  1. to advise on the compilation and, where necessary, updating of the inventory and the representative list of intangible cultural heritage in Hong Kong;
  2. to advise on the selection and nomination of Hong Kong's intangible cultural heritage items for application for inscription onto the national list or the UNESCO's list;
  3. to advise on the measures for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage including research on and promotion, enhancement, transmission and revitalization of intangible cultural heritage;
  4. to  advise on the issues related to the implementation of the dedicated funding scheme for engaging the community in safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage; and
  5. to advise on any other issues related to intangible cultural heritage as proposed by the Government.

(Updated on 1 January 2019)