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47th CIOFF® World Congress 2017

47th CIOFF® World Congress 2017 The 47th CIOFF® World Congress 2017 will take place in Tenggarong - Kutai Kartanegara on the Island of Borneo / Indonesia from October 19 to 29.
As in the years before, the CIOFF® World Congress is under the patronage of UNESCO. The Agenda includes amongst others normal formalities. Very important is again the Cultural Conference. During the congress, there will be elections to the Council. Open positions from the Executive Committee are the President, the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs and the Treasurer. The General Assembly will also decide about the Strategy for the next four years.

Date of publication: 31.08.2017

OPEN FORUM AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN FIUGGI, ITALY

Today, 9th of October, started with an Open Forum at CIOFF World Congress. Daniele Parbuono, member of CIOFF Italy, based his speech on folklore festivals, its evolution, relation and policies. The speaker stressed out that traditions are part of contemporary world - what we are building today, might be soon a tradition. The listeners gave good examples mainly about teaching the groups and an audience on presented topics and materials, and in finding ways to have relations with UNESCO and local authorities. Hopefully the forum encouraged everybody to think over the aspects that until now have not been working as efficiently as they should.

Date of publication: 09.10.2016

Exciting CIOFF Cultural Conference in Fiuggi, Italy

Exciting CIOFF Cultural Conference in Fiuggi, Italy On Saturday 8th October, a very interesting CIOFF cultural conference took place. This year was dedicated to the typical sounds of Italy. In the first part the President of Italian Commission of UNESCO had a speech concerning the organization of Ministery of Cultural Affairs in Italy and a little history of that.
In the second part was showed us the spirit of Italian traditional music. It was a pleasure to learn that most of the speakers are youth, dedicated to the study of traditional instruments and italian folk music: idiofonos, drums and organetto.
The speakers demonstrated emotionally how italian typical instruments are played and their skillful playing engaged a lot the audience!

Date of publication: 08.10.2016

EMBROIDERIES OF MEXICO

EMBROIDERIES OF MEXICO A huge diversity has been offered by the exhibition of Embroideries of Mexico in the frame of CIOFF® World Folkloriada. This enormous event held in Zacatecas, is arousing the interest of the public.
The large mexican territory, has given, obviously, place to a big variety of cultural, enogastronomic, musical, dance events and also the customs are recognised universally, as cultural heritage.
A very interesting kind of customs that we consider important to mention is the traditional Embroidery. It presents itself as a mark which reflects the ancientness, the regionality, the social differences and the local identity.
The exhibition is composed by very different designs, techniques, ornamental motifs, different uses from the customs to the household utensils, symbolisms which escape from the normal flora and fauna and go deeper in the popular beliefs, myths, legends to be molded in singular aesthetics and impressed on tissues.

Date of publication: 05.08.2016

EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

The musical instruments, essential in the life of all people of around the world, have a special space in the 5th World CIOFF® Folkloriada realized in Zacatecas.
Music is a daily component of human life.
The creativity to obtain sounds, using from the simplest to the most complicated implements, did not find limits in the times.
The permanent pursuit of new rhythms, new melodies which allow to express spiritual emotions which, normally, boost movement, so the dance.
Such communion among man and music is what is shown in this interesting exhibition of pictures of musical instruments.

Date of publication: 05.08.2016

THREE PRESIDENT OF CIOFF®

THREE PRESIDENT OF CIOFF® Three generations, three important contribution to CIOFF® from left to right, we have Kari Bergholm, Philippe Beaussant y Guy Landry. The first one and the third one are former Presidents of CIOFF®. The second one is the current highest executive of our organization. They live intensely every moment of the great World CIOFF® Folkloriada which is taking place in the city of Zacatecas, Mexico.

Date of publication: 04.08.2016

WORLD HANDICRAFTS AT FOLKLORIADA

WORLD HANDICRAFTS AT FOLKLORIADA A very interesting exhibition of handicrafts from different countries, is open to the public, it is included in the frame of the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada. It is one of the main points of interest in such huge event, developed in the beautiful city of Zacatecas.
Coherently with the instructions of the ICH Convention of UNESCO, the World CIOFF® Folkloriada has planned a space destined to whom it concerns: the artisans.
Women and men, thank to their creativity on making handicraft, not only expose their own creations but they work in real time and make workshops to the people who are interested in learn it.
We can find different raw materials, many different processing techniques, many ornamental motifs rich of ancestral messages, essential tools as the hand of the creators which reflect the identities of the people..
That’s a wonderful conjuction that doesn’t admit linguistic differences..the action, the glance, the technique to obtain the shape, transmit much more than thousand of words.

Date of publication: 04.08.2016

BRILLIANT OPENING OF FOLKLORIADA .The world party is based in Zacatecas!

BRILLIANT OPENING OF FOLKLORIADA .The world party is based in Zacatecas! The biggest cultural event of the world started last Saturday 30th July with an official opening to the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada. In the “Francisco Villa” Stadium, filled of thousand people, the official opening received the adequate frame for the impressive inauguration.
The giant stage build in the centre of the football stadium, served to the 240 dancers of Zacatecas who performed different dances of several times of Mexican history, starting from its first indigenous roots. This excellent sample of music and dances has been acclaimed from the public.
First of all, the international delegations which attend the Folkloriada, paraded with their own flags and their joy infected the public which replied with fabulous “waves”.
CIOFF® President, Mr. Philippe Beaussant, gave a message of valorization of peace. “In such a current convulsed world, - told in his speech - in which there’s no respect to life through terrorist attacks en different modalities and different way of terrorism in the countries, CIOFF® raises up the flag of PEACE and gives effect to its own motto “For a culture of PEACE”.
He underlined the importance for CIOFF® of music, songs, dances, rituals, traditional games etc. All of them are tools for a “Culture of Peace”.
After that, the Governor of Zacatecas, Mr. Miguel Alonso Reyes, welcomed the artistic delegations and highlighted that Zacatecas has the open arms to receive the artist coming from all over the world who bring sus cultural expressions to this great festival.
After the institutional part, exhibition of synchronized dances was admirable, deside the great enthusiasm and fervor of the dancers.
A spectacular and very colorful end was animated by fireworks which have been celebrated by the public. Such unforgettable inauguration of the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada was realized!

Date of publication: 31.07.2016

SPEECH OF CIOFF® PRESIDENT TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF 5th WORLD CIOFF® FOLKLORIADA IN ZACATECAS, MEXICO

SPEECH OF CIOFF® PRESIDENT TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF 5th WORLD CIOFF® FOLKLORIADA IN ZACATECAS, MEXICO Mr. Governor of the Zacatecas State, Mr. Representative of the Government of Zacatecas and all over the world, Mr. Ambassador of Palestine, Mrs. Minister of Culture of Bashkortostan, dear Honorary Members of CIOFF®, Mr. Guy Landry and Mr. Kari Bergholm, Mr. Alejandro Camacho Gonzalez, President of CIOFF® Mexico, Mr. Prof. Alcides Hugo Ifran, chairman of Folkloriada Committee, Ms. Isabelle Coursaget, daughter f CIOFF® Founder, friends of CIOFF® and friends of all present delegations, ladies and gentlemen:
Today Zacatecas is the great world stage in which the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada takes place. It is like a big Olympiads of Folklore without any competition which, usually, characterizes the sport event held every 4 years.
More than 1500 artists coming from up to 50 countries give life to such a enormous cultural exhibition, that is taking place in a Latin American country for the first time.
Delegations with musicians, dancers, singers, artisans, youth, players of traditional games are arriving from all over the world. Many expositions and Forums are planned in parallel to the shows and parades which enrich the large program of this Folkloriada.
The first took place in Netherlands, the second in Japan, the third in Hungary and the forth in South Korea. Today Mexico is the amphitryon of such great event; it will be followed by an International Festival of CIOFF® Mexico spread in other Mexican states which will host the international groups involved in the Folkloriada.
Since 1995, Zacatecas organizes one of the most important International CIOFF® Festivals, “Festival Internacional Gustavo Vaqueras Contreras” and today I want to think about our great friend Gustavo who started such an awesome and beautiful history..at the same time, I would like to think, also, about CIOFF® Founder Henri Coursaget who looked beyond the time, when CIOFF® has been created in 1970 in Confolens, France, in order to make all this movement of traditional arts all around the world, be possible.

For a culture of peace.

In such a current convulsed world, in which there’s no respect to life through terrorist attacks en different modalities and different way of terrorism in the countries, CIOFF® raises up the flag of PEACE and gives effect to its own motto “For a culture of PEACE”. We are free men and free women who works for peace, freedom and democracy!
CIOFF® (International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Traditional Arts) is a NGO in official collaboration with UNESCO, accredited to proceed as advisor in the ICH UNESCO Committee. Currently, CIOFF® is present in 115 different countries and has more than 13000 folklore groups and organizations of Folklore. Today CIOFF® coordinates, globally, about 350 International Folklore Festivals, which put together thousands of people from all over the world with the mission to encourage the cultural exchanges and with the aim to promote a spirit of friendship and peace.
CIOFF® offers a great chance of exchange through more than 50000 artists who love the Intangible Cultural Heritage of all continents and who aim to promote friendship, combine the pursuit of peace and appreciation of cultural diversity. CIOFF® also rejoices the different kind of popular arts as representative of a cultural of peace and, in this way, helps to promote peace among people and nations. CIOFF® is fully united to UNESCO principles of peace and international understanding.
CIOFF® is a true partner in the promotion of the most important objectives of UNESCO : build peace in the world of today and tomorrow.
As in the capital of Zacatecas State, in other cities numerous stages have been built for the presentation of artistic groups and it will allow the public to enjoy the different cultural proposals scheduled in the plan.
Framed in the Folkloriada, the 7th CIOFF® Youth World Forum and the Forum of Folk Group directors will take place. Excellent areas have been prepared for exhibitions of traditional instruments from all over the world, Mexican embroideries, photos of traditional trades which are disappearing and traditional games, workshops and samples of handicrafts etc.
During the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, paths will be marked for parades all along the main streets of the “World Heritage of UNESCO ” city in order to let the intermediate space between the paths, will show an extraordinary sign of cultural diversity of the world projected to the idea of PEACE.
Dignitaries and officers of foreign countries and special guests: the world is having a new proof of the vibrant feelings of men and women who have made the Folklore their own way of work for the universal brotherhood!
Hurray the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada here in Zacatecas, Mexico!!!

Mr. Philippe Beaussant
CIOFF® President and Secretary of Liaison Committee NGO-UNESCO.

Date of publication: 31.07.2016

SPEECH OF CIOFF® PRESIDENT TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF 5th WORLD CIOFF® FOLKLORIADA IN ZACATECAS, MEXICO

SPEECH OF CIOFF® PRESIDENT TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF 5th WORLD CIOFF® FOLKLORIADA IN ZACATECAS, MEXICO Mr. Governor of the Zacatecas State, Mr. Representative of the Government of Zacatecas and all over the world, Mr. Ambassador of Palestine, Mrs. Minister of Culture of Bashkortostan, dear Honorary Members of CIOFF®, Mr. Guy Landry and Mr. Kari Bergholm, Mr. Alejandro Camacho Gonzalez, President of CIOFF® Mexico, Mr. Prof. Alcides Hugo Ifran, chairman of Folkloriada Committee, Ms. Isabelle Coursaget, daughter f CIOFF® Founder, friends of CIOFF® and friends of all present delegations, ladies and gentlemen:
Today Zacatecas is the great world stage in which the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada takes place. It is like a big Olympiads of Folklore without any competition which, usually, characterizes the sport event held every 4 years.
More than 1500 artists coming from up to 50 countries give life to such a enormous cultural exhibition, that is taking place in a Latin American country for the first time.
Delegations with musicians, dancers, singers, artisans, youth, players of traditional games are arriving from all over the world. Many expositions and Forums are planned in parallel to the shows and parades which enrich the large program of this Folkloriada.
The first took place in Netherlands, the second in Japan, the third in Hungary and the forth in South Korea. Today Mexico is the amphitryon of such great event; it will be followed by an International Festival of CIOFF® Mexico spread in other Mexican states which will host the international groups involved in the Folkloriada.
Since 1995, Zacatecas organizes one of the most important International CIOFF® Festivals, “Festival Internacional Gustavo Vaqueras Contreras” and today I want to think about our great friend Gustavo who started such an awesome and beautiful history..at the same time, I would like to think, also, about CIOFF® Founder Henri Coursaget who looked beyond the time, when CIOFF® has been created in 1970 in Confolens, France, in order to make all this movement of traditional arts all around the world, be possible.

For a culture of peace.

In such a current convulsed world, in which there’s no respect to life through terrorist attacks en different modalities and different way of terrorism in the countries, CIOFF® raises up the flag of PEACE and gives effect to its own motto “For a culture of PEACE”. We are free men and free women who works for peace, freedom and democracy!
CIOFF® (International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Traditional Arts) is a NGO in official collaboration with UNESCO, accredited to proceed as advisor in the ICH UNESCO Committee. Currently, CIOFF® is present in 115 different countries and has more than 13000 folklore groups and organizations of Folklore. Today CIOFF® coordinates, globally, about 350 International Folklore Festivals, which put together thousands of people from all over the world with the mission to encourage the cultural exchanges and with the aim to promote a spirit of friendship and peace.
CIOFF® offers a great chance of exchange through more than 50000 artists who love the Intangible Cultural Heritage of all continents and who aim to promote friendship, combine the pursuit of peace and appreciation of cultural diversity. CIOFF® also rejoices the different kind of popular arts as representative of a cultural of peace and, in this way, helps to promote peace among people and nations. CIOFF® is fully united to UNESCO principles of peace and international understanding.
CIOFF® is a true partner in the promotion of the most important objectives of UNESCO : build peace in the world of today and tomorrow.
As in the capital of Zacatecas State, in other cities numerous stages have been built for the presentation of artistic groups and it will allow the public to enjoy the different cultural proposals scheduled in the plan.
Framed in the Folkloriada, the 7th CIOFF® Youth World Forum and the Forum of Folk Group directors will take place. Excellent areas have been prepared for exhibitions of traditional instruments from all over the world, Mexican embroideries, photos of traditional trades which are disappearing and traditional games, workshops and samples of handicrafts etc.
During the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, paths will be marked for parades all along the main streets of the “World Heritage of UNESCO ” city in order to let the intermediate space between the paths, will show an extraordinary sign of cultural diversity of the world projected to the idea of PEACE.
Dignitaries and officers of foreign countries and special guests: the world is having a new proof of the vibrant feelings of men and women who have made the Folklore their own way of work for the universal brotherhood!
Hurray the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada here in Zacatecas, Mexico!!!

Mr. Philippe Beaussant
CIOFF® President and Secretary of Liaison Committee NGO-UNESCO.

Date of publication: 31.07.2016

THREE GLORIES OF CIOFF®

THREE GLORIES OF CIOFF® The 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada in Zacatecas, allowed to put together three consular figures of CIOFF®. They are the ex World Presidents, Mr. Kari Bergholm and Mr. Guy Landry and the ex Vice President Mr. Alcides Hugo Ifran. All of them are proponents of fruitful actions to the increasing of the organization.
Each one of them, helped with their energies and efforts- and they still act like that – CIOFF® to grow and to strengthen during years.
These three great cultural workers deserve the recognition from all world of CIOFF®. They true glories of our entity.

Date of publication: 31.07.2016

FOLKLORIADA 2020 Looking at the future

FOLKLORIADA 2020   Looking at the future CIOFF® doesn’t stop. The Oficial Opening of 5th World CIOFF Folkloriada is starting in few hours and a meeting between CIOFF® officers and the Minister of Culture of Bashkortostan, country will host the 6th CIOFF Folkloriada took place in Zacatecas.
The meeting held at midday; CIOFF® President, Mr. Philippe Beaussant, the Minister of Culture of Bashkortostan Mrs. Amina Shafikova, the Chairman of Folkloriada Committee, Mr. Alcides Hugo Ifran were present in the meeting.
Mr. Hugo Ifran welcomed the Minister of Culture and explained to her the steps to formalize the project to be develop in Bashkortostan.
The signing of the agreement will be realize during the next CIOFF® World Congress in Italy. Authorities of CIOFF® have been present during the meeting: Mr. Alejandro Camacho Gonzalez, Vice President of CIOFF® for cultural affairs (also President of CIOFF® Mexico) and the delegation of Bashkortostan.

Date of publication: 31.07.2016

Program Youth Forum / Programa Foro Juventud

Program Youth Forum / Programa Foro Juventud 7th World CIOFF® Youth Forum - Zacatecas, Mexico


The objectives of World CIOFF® Youth Forum are to spread and develop the CIOFF® Youth Movement all over the world. To encourage the youth to promote the intangible heritage, through forms of expressions such as dance, music, games, rituals, customs and other arts. Thus, young people from different parts of the world have the chance of joining and sharing experiences and knowledge through the world forum, which takes place every two years. It works towards achieving other CIOFF® aims in consultative relationship with UNESCO. At present, the CIOFF® Youth World Forum is a landmark of the development and spreading of Youth movement. It is a symbol that several youth movements can work together in unity and harmony.

The 7th World CIOFF® Youth Forum can be characterized special. Not only it will take place in a historic cultural country like Mexico but it will be part of the 5th World FOLKLORIADA. It will be the most crowded forum with the participation of more than 80 youth from each part of the world. The Youth CIOFF® Commission taking into consideration the importance of this Forum, prepared various activities, workshops, presentations, exhibitions as well as a Special Edition, always by following UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage programs. You will find all the details regarding the program in the next pages. You are all invited!


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Date of publication: 27.07.2016

CIOFF® OPEN ASSEMBLY

CIOFF® International in cooperation with CIOFF® Italy is proud to announce the 1st Open Assembly, open for participation for anyone interested in the work of CIOFF® International, including representatives of festivals, folklore groups, folklore and cultural organizations and individuals.
CIOFF® Open Assembly will include – Opening Ceremony,
Cultural Conference “Beautiful sounds of Italy. Traditional musical instruments” CIOFF® Open Forum “Folklore Festivals – Evolution, Relations and Policies” Presentations of “Good Practice” by CIOFF® National Sections
Presentations covering the work of CIOFF®, CIOFF® and UNESCO Presentations by CIOFF® Commissions and Committees

> Invitation and Registration

Date of publication: 18.07.2016

FRUITFUL MEETINGS

FRUITFUL MEETINGS Amid an atmosphere of great camaraderie, dialog and analysis of plans and projects that will contribute to the enhancement of the worldwide organization ended the meeting of the World Council of CIOFF®, held in the Mexican city of Zacatecas, from 21 to 28 February 2016.

On occasion, more than discuss the inherent issues of CIOFF®, it was presented the detailed information of what will be the world Folkloriada to be held here from July 30 to August 7, supported the government of the State.

Local authorities stated repeatedly, along several interviews with members of the Council, headed by its president Philippe Beaussant, the governor of the State, Lic. Miguel Alonso Reyes, he ordered his staff provide all necessary support for success of this 5th World Folkloriada.

Without further ado, the chief of staff of the highest authority of the state, said: “Our governor, Sr. Miguel Alonso Reyes, gave us the instruction to not skimping effort to that success crowns the most important cultural event in the world that will take place in our state. All activities from beginning to end will have our full support”.

For his part, President Philippe Beaussant, while grateful for the willingness, asked the CIOFF® authorities of Mexico, headed by its owner Alejandro Camacho González, work in coordination so that the idea of turning the capital Zacatecas World Folklore, 30 July to 8 August, it becomes a beautiful reality.

As an example, the Secretary of Tourism, Pedro Inguanzo González, reported that the entity in charge will endeavor to promote profusely for all media, radio, television, newspapers and other digital media, the 5th World Folkloriada, and for that purpose and by order of the governor, the budget provided for in this area will increase from 2 million to 4 million pesos, i.e. an increase of 100 % of the initial forecast.

Finally, both the Chairman of the Committee for CIOFF® Folkloriada Prof. Alcides Hugo Ifrán, President of the Mexican National Section of CIOFF, Master Alejandro Camacho González, Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Norbert Mueller, the General Secretary, Olga Maloney, the Treasurer, Treasurer Esa Vilhonen, the chairperson of the Committee on Culture, Prof. Beatriz Sangoy and the President of the Commission Communication and Public Relations Oscar Delgado and about 30 officials including the Secretary of Education Prof. Marco Vinicio Flores Chávez (main reference of the Government in the organization of the Folkloriada ), the one from the Public Security and the Coordinator of the Folkloriada by the Government of Zacatecas, Sr. Antonio Jacobo de Luna, who expressed their agreement to work together to make Zacatecas the apex of the Folkloric information world between July 30 to August 7.

The meeting of the CIOFF® World Council was presided over by its President Philippe Beaussant, and attended by the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Norbert Mueller, Vice President for Cultural Affairs, Alejandro Camacho González, the General Secretary, Olga Maloney, the Treasurer, Treasurer Esa Vilhonen, the president of Communication and Public Relations Comission, Oscar Delgado, the chairperson of Cultural Comission, Beatriz Sangoy, the president of Legal Comission, Francesco Mallozzi, the president of Youth CIOFF®, Antonio Mallozzi. Also they attended by representatives of the sectors: Asia y Oceania: Muammer Arslan]; from North America, Alexander P. Durtka, Jr., from North Europe, Riitta Korhonen and from South Europe, Anna Maria Boileau.

Date of publication: 17.03.2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL CIOFF’S WOMEN

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL CIOFF’S WOMEN All over the world it’s remembered today the International Women's Day, and CIOFF can’t be absent in this remembrance, because day by day we remember them and we admired their tenacious work that they do inside our organization. To all go our sincere congratulations and appreciation forever.

March wasn’t a month at random to proclaim this date as International Women's Day, because it is remembered the struggle of women in this month in 1908 filling up The Big Apple, New York, (USA), shouting " Bread and roses!", claiming for better pay, voting rights , reduced working hours and decent working conditions. They inherited the start of struggle of the workers of the networkers’ textile, who already in 1957, also in March, raised their voices for their labor rights to create their unions in 1959. These protests were supported strongly by the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, in the Axh building, in New York. Most of them were young women between 14 and 23 years, Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and Italy who earned their living in this shirt factory in the district of Manhattan. 146 people died, of which 123 were women. They couldn’t escape the fire that spread rapidly and could be caused by a cigarette butt or the motor of a sewing machine. The factory was a mousetrap; the fire occurred in the eighth, ninth and tenth floor; it didn’t have stairs and only worked the elevator; many of the 500 workers jumped through windows to not die burned. The fire revealed the lack of security and inhumane working conditions in textile workers in this and other factories. After the disaster, all of New York joined in mourning the victims. The events brought solidarity and international assistance with Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU), a union of pioneering textile workers in the workers' defense. To this were joined other civil and religious women’s organizations. The tragedy of the Triangle Shirtweist brought important legislative changes.

A date with history

The recognition of International Women's Day marked even more feminine feeling in the pursuit of fairness, justice and equality for women around the world, often separated by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences. However, they have more than 90 years since he started beating the spirit of demands for recognition and space. The idea of a day to highlight women emerged in the late nineteenth century, in a time of industrialization, expansion and turbulence of populations and radical ideologies.

It was in 1910, during an international conference of socialist women, when the german Clara Zetkin proposed the establishment on March 8 as International Women's Day, in homage to those who carried out the first actions of organized women workers against capitalist exploitation. In 1917 the Russian workers took to the streets demanding "peace, bread and freedom", starting the greatest revolution of the twentieth century.

After decades of organized struggle, proposals and formal debates (conventions, congresses), the United Nations Charter, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between men and women. Since then the UN has helped create a historic legacy of strategies, policies, programs and internationally agreed targets for improving the status of women worldwide.

Millennial presence

Over the years, negotiations and spaces won by feminism, the Women's Day has lost its working-class character, becoming a day in claiming rights in all areas. In some places, they are demanding basic rights such as access to education, culture, work or politics. Thousands of women have made very important contributions.

Date of publication: 17.03.2016

GREAT ACHIEVEMENT IN THE JOINT MEETING ABOUT FOLKLORIADA 2016 IN ZACATECAS, MEXICO

GREAT ACHIEVEMENT IN THE JOINT MEETING ABOUT FOLKLORIADA 2016 IN ZACATECAS, MEXICO In the frame of the scheduled activities in order to determine last details for the organization of the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada, an important meeting took place; the Secretary of Education of the Government of Zacatecas, Prof. Marco Vinicio Flores Chavez, CIOFF® President, Philippe Beaussant, the Coordinator for Folkloriada of the Government of Zacatecas, Mr. Antonio Jacobo De Luna, the Chairman of CIOFF® Folkloriada Committee, Prof. Alcides Hugo Ifran and the President of Mexican National Section of CIOFF®, Mr. Alejandro Camacho Gonzalez were present in this meeting.
It is important to inform that the proposal to organize the Folkloriada started more than 3 years ago and CIOFF® is compromised to organize a memorable event not only considering the big ammount of participating countries and activities but also a new concept which would strengthen the links with UNESCO, through cultural activities regarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Government of the State ratified the official agreement openly, reaffirming its will to realize the scheduled project produced by CIOFF®. The project ensures the participation of about 70 countries coming from all continents.
CIOFF® National Sections of Mexico, on its side, confirmed previous agreements with the Government of Zacatecas, becoming an operative team, destined not only to cooperate to the realization of the activities in Zacatecas, but also in extending the work to other 17 States of the Mexican Republic.
Exhibitions of World Musical Instruments, Mexican Embroideries (the idea is to present them as ICH to UNESCO), workshops and exhibitions of artisans coming from more than 50 countries, 7th World CIOFF® Youth Forum, World Forum of the Folk Groups Directors: all these activities will be held in Zacatecas during the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada from 1st to 7th August 2016.
A better news could be almost impossible! Let's go up, CIOFF®!

Date of publication: 26.02.2016

CIOFF® COUNCIL PARTECIPATED TO THE CELEBRATION OF THE DAY OF MEXICAN FLAG WHICH TOOK PLACE ON 24TH FEBRUARY IN ZACATECAS, MEXICO

CIOFF® COUNCIL PARTECIPATED TO THE CELEBRATION OF THE DAY OF MEXICAN FLAG WHICH TOOK PLACE ON 24TH FEBRUARY IN ZACATECAS, MEXICO An emotional event took place this morning in the city of Zacatecas, Mexico, in order to celebrate the Day of Mexican Flag. CIOFF® Council has been invited to participate to this official ceremony which has been chaired by the Governor of the State, Mr. Miguel Alonso Reyes.
At the end of the act, the Governor welcomed, especially, all the CIOFF® Council members and open the photographic session with them; this fact underlines the importance place of CIOFF® for the State of Zacatecas.
A lot of citizens and tourists came in to watch the emotional ceremony performed by the National Army and the educational institutions as main players. An intense cremation ceremony of the flags of different organisms, that had suffered damage, took place during the event.
A 10x30 meters flag was flaming in the air: it was a great show especially for those people who don't know this particular ritual..
CIOFF® Council has been chaired by its World President, Mr. Philippe Beaussant.

Date of publication: 24.02.2016

CIOFF® EXCO AND COUNCIL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN ZACATECAS FROM 21ST TO 27 FEBRUARY

CIOFF® EXCO and Council Meeting will take place in Zacatecas, Mexico from 21ST to 27th February. Zacatecas is a host city of CIOFF® World Folkloriada 2016, which will take place in August 2016.
During their stay in Mexico the Council Members will also meet with Folkloriada Organising Committee and will visit the site of the Folkloriada 2016. A great meeting id coming up!

Date of publication: 12.02.2016

MR. VASJA SAMEC AWARDED IN THE NATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT BY THE PRESIDENT OF REP. OF SLOVENIA

MR. VASJA SAMEC AWARDED IN THE NATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT BY THE PRESIDENT OF REP. OF SLOVENIA Great news for the world of Folklore: Mr. Vasja Samec from Maribor, Slovenia, has been decorated with the National Order of Merit by the President of the Republic of Slovenia for his work in the field of folklore all over the country during 50 years. The Official Ceremony took place in the Presidential Palace on 23rd October 2015. Many important persons were present like a Minister of Culture and also members from CIOFF® Slovenia Executive Committee.The Folk group “Student” from Maribor presented a great performance during the Ceremony.
CIOFF® congratulates Ms. Vasja Samec for his important work done during all his life and expresses gratitude for let Slovenian folklore alive for so long time.

Date of publication: 31.10.2015

YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD MET IN PARIS DURING THE 9th UNESCO YOUTH FORUM

YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD MET IN PARIS DURING THE 9th UNESCO YOUTH FORUM 9th UNESCO Youth Forum has been held in Paris from 26th to 28th October 2015. In the Headquarter of UNESCO, young people coming from all over the world met all together to discuss about a very important topic such the Climate Change which is affecting world wide, especially poor sides of the planet.
CIOFF® President, Philippe Beaussant has attended the Forum and he stated that the event has been a great opportunity for youth coming from all over the world to meet each others, to exchange good practices, committing themselves as global citizens, to share ideas which would contribute to a creation of a sustainable planet in the near future.

Date of publication: 31.10.2015

GREAT SUCCESS OF CULTURAL CONFERENCE DURING 45th CIOFF® WORLD CONGRESS IN AREQUIPA

In the historical Hall of the National University of San Augustin, a very interesting Cultural Conference took place during the 45th CIOFF® World Congress and General Assembly in Arequipa on October 15th. The Cultural Conference was divided into 2 parts: the first one was moderated by CIOFF® Representative to UNESCO, Mrs. Magdalena Tovornik. Mr. Philippe Beaussant, CIOFF® President and also Secretary of Liaison Committee NGOs-UNESCO, had a speech concerning the relationship between NGOs and UNESCO and the new cultural plan for the future. Another great speech regarding Intangible Cultural Heritage of Peru and the link to the modern civil society was presented by the Coordinator of Cultural Sector of UNESCO Peruvian Commission who exposed a great PP Presentation to the audience of the Conference.
The second part of the Cultural Conference moderated by Prof. Beatriz Sangoy ,also Chairperson of CIOFF® Cultural Commission, gave to the audience other two unique speeches concerning Intangible Cultural Heritage of Peru: Marinera Dance presented by President of CIOFF® Peru, Mr. Luciano Revoredo and the Q’ero Culture of Cusco Region, still alive traditional Community living not so far from Cusco exposed by Dr. Regis Andrade Oblitas.
We can say that this Cultural Conference would be defined as one of the most memorable and enriching experience for CIOFF®!

Date of publication: 16.10.2015

CIOFF® Representatives awarded as Illustrious Guests in Arequipa

CIOFF® Representatives awarded as Illustrious Guests in Arequipa Arequipa became the world center of Folklore, as the 45th CIOFF® World Congress was launched. CIOFF® is the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Traditional Arts. Managers of cultural organizations from all the over the world are expected.
On Tuesday 13th October, The Mayor of the city of Arequipa, Dr. Alfredo Zegarra Tejada, delivered a “Declaration of Illustrious Guests” to Mr. Philippe Beaussant, CIOFF® President, Prof. Alcides Hugo Ifran, Vice President for Cultural Affairs of CIOFF®, Mr. Luciano Revoredo, President of National Section of Peru, and the National Delegate of CIOFF® Peru, Mr. Humberto Valdivia Yoplac.
Members of CIOFF® Executive Committee, Mr. Norbert Muller, Vice President for Administrative Affairs; Secretary General, Mrs. Olga Maloney, Mr. Esa Vilhonen, the Treasurer, Members of the CIOFF® Council, Youth Commissions and many National Delegates were also attending the ceremony. Members of CIOFF® Peru who are working hard to organize this great event, welcomed all CIOFF® Guests in the Municipality of Arequipa.
During his vibrant speech, CIOFF® President, Mr. Philippe Beaussant, not only thanked the Mayor for the honorary award but also for support the Municipality is offering to the organizers of the Congress in this welcoming city.
The President of CIOFF® Peru, Mr. Luciano Revoredo, applauded the quick and efficient response of the Mayor to CIOFF® Members when the Municipality accepted the proposal to organize the Congress in Arequipa. In turn, the Mayor expressed his pleasure for CIOFF® decision to organize the annual meeting in Arequipa and showed commitment in continuing to support cultural activities. He also highlighted that the famous event called FESTIDANZA has been taking place in Arequipa for many years.
Let’s point out that the Peruvian National Anthem, and Arequipa’s Anthem were respectively sung with fervor for the opening and the closing of the protocol ceremony. The ceremony finished with a great performance of the typical dance “Montonero Arequipeño”!

Date of publication: 14.10.2015

GREAT SUCCESS OF THE CONFERENCE CIOFF® AFRICA IN FOUMBAN - CAMEROON FROM 25th TO 27th SEPTEMBER 2015

GREAT SUCCESS OF THE CONFERENCE  CIOFF® AFRICA IN FOUMBAN - CAMEROON   FROM 25th TO 27th SEPTEMBER 2015 The Conference organized during the last week in the city of Foumban by National Section of Cameroon, has achieved a standing ovation among African cultural actors. During this Conference, a Forum on Cultural Diversity and the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures related with the 2005 UNESCO Convention has took place.
Another great attainment is The Creation of the African CIOFF® Sector. In the year of 45th Anniversary of CIOFF® and 70th Anniversary of UNESCO, this creation is a very important result for our Organizations.
CIOFF® has been represented during the Conference by Philippe Beaussant, World President; Magdalena Tovornik, Representative to UNESCO and Jean Roche, Honorary Member of CIOFF® and past CIOFF® Representative to UNESCO until 2010.
This is not only an achievement of Africa but a world one and we all proud to celebrate with our African friends!

Date of publication: 29.09.2015

Liaison Committee NGO-UNESCO and Ms. Irina Bokova – Director-General of UNESCO visited the XI National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore in Koprivshtitsa listed in ICH of Bulgaria

Liaison Committee NGO-UNESCO and Ms. Irina Bokova – Director-General of UNESCO visited the XI National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore in Koprivshtitsa listed in ICH of Bulgaria Sozopol Foundation in Bulgaria organized an International Round Table: “70 YEARS UNESCO – PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND CULTURE” in Sofia in collaboration with National Commission of Bulgaria for UNESCO, the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and National Palace of Culture.
Representatives of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee have participated to the Forum and Philippe Beaussant, World President of CIOFF® and Member of the Liaison Committee was present too. All representatives, also, have visited, on 7th August, the XI National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore in Koprivshtitsa, which in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Bulgaria. The Festival celebrated its 50th Anniversary and it had the honor to be opened by Ms. Irina Bokova – Director-General of UNESCO which was also the Patron of the Festival. The town of Koprivshtitsa is a very peculiar: it is a expression of Bulgarian culture and traditions and the Festival represents, greatly, this important national Heritage.

Date of publication: 15.09.2015

Conference CIOFF® Africa

Conference CIOFF®  Africa Forum / Conference / CIOFF® Africa / Cameroon

By decision of the CIOFF® World Organization, CIOFF® Cameroon has the honor to organize, from 25th to 28th September 2015 in the city of Foumban, Noun Department, Western Region of Cameroon, the International Forum / CIOFF® Conference.

Program:

? Forum on Cultural Diversity and the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures related with the 2005 UNESCO Convention.
? The creation of the African CIOFF® Sector.

INFORMATION ABOUT FOUMBAN

Foumban is the capital of the NOUN department, it is located in the western region of Cameroon. It's a historical, touristic city, also called "city of arts". The population is very welcoming and has within itself a cultural diversity.
Language: the official languages are French and English and the local language is the Bamun and the "Shu Mom" a language invented by the famous king NJOYA.
Climate: temperatures vary between 40° C and 25° C. Suitable clothing against the cold and the rain is advisable.
Currency: the currency used is the CFA franc. The currency exchange transactions can be made at the airport or in the local banks. Banks close on Saturdays at 12:00 and are closed on Sundays.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The forum/conference will be held in Foumban and the opening of the forum/conference will be made by the Minister of Arts and Culture and His Majesty Senator MBOMBO Njoya Ibrahim, Sultan King of Bamuns, and attended by the President of the UNESCO National Commission (Madam Minister of Education of Base), the representative of UNESCO and the President of CIOFF® World Organization.

Arrivals by plane: Douala International Airport is the best option.

CIOFF® FORUM / CONFERENCE 2015 CONTACTS

General Informations, Official Invitations for the Forum/Conference:
Prince Isaac YAMEKUE, CIOFF® Cameroon President
Email: yamekue2000@yahoo.fr - Phone number + 237 675 648 748

Organisation of the FORUM/CONFERENCE
Dr. Jean Jules FOMCHIGBOU MBANCHOUT,
Email: cioff.cameroun.cioff@gmail.com - Phone number + 237 699 852 351

Picture caption >> Palace of the Bamun Kings

CIOFF® Cameroon - Phone number + 237 675 648 748 / +237 699 852 351
Email: yamekue2000@yahoo.fr / cioff.cameroun.cioff@gmail.com

Date of publication: 08.09.2015

CIOFF® YOUTH GREECE, IN COLLABORATION WITH NAOUSSA MUNICIPALITY, CELEBRATES 70th ANNIVERSARY OF UNESCO – 45th ANNIVERSARY OF CIOFF® 45 YEARS OF COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (Naoussa, September 475, 2015)

CIOFF® YOUTH GREECE, IN COLLABORATION WITH NAOUSSA MUNICIPALITY, CELEBRATES 70th ANNIVERSARY OF UNESCO – 45th ANNIVERSARY OF CIOFF® 45 YEARS OF COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (Naoussa, September 475, 2015) Municipality of Heroic city of Naoussa in cooperation with the Greek Commission of CIOFF® YOUTH is organizing an event for the 70th anniversary of UNESCO and the 45th anniversary of CIOFF®.
The anniversary events will be realized at 4-5 September 2015. Specifically, at 5 September 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Center of Industrial Cultural Heritage “ERIA”, the official speech will take place. Mrs. Magdalena Tovornik, Representative of CIOFF® in UNESCO and Mrs. Maria–Aikaterini Papaxristopoulou Tzitzikosta, President of the Greek National Commission of UNESCO will be the two honorable guests and official speakers. Mr. Papapesios Nikolaos, Vice President for Cultural Affairs in Youth CIOFF® Council, is the coordinator of the anniversary events.
The main objective of the Municipality of Heroic City of Naoussa in cooperation with Greek Commission of CIOFF® is to celebrate the two important anniversaries in our town and to approach and get to know the purpose and the work that is done in an international cultural level. It’s an honor for our Municipality that both anniversaries will be celebrated here.

Date of publication: 05.09.2015

CIOFF® 45th Anniversary and UNESCO 70th Anniversary

CIOFF® 45th Anniversary and UNESCO 70th Anniversary CIOFF® celebrates its 45th Anniversary and all CIOFF® Festivals in 2015 are on the list of the events on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO

Date of publication: 25.06.2015

Candidacy of CIOFF® President to the Presidency of UNESCO International Conference of NGOs

Candidacy of CIOFF® President to the Presidency of UNESCO International Conference of NGOs Dear Colleagues from UNESCO NGO partners,
I am honored to present my candidature for the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Presidency.
Over the last few years, as part of my activities within CIOFF® (International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts), I have had the opportunity to watch the collective work of partner NGOs as well as that of the UNESCO. During the last twelve months, the participation in the preparation of the Forum on the Role of Youth in the Safeguarding of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage, and then in the Forum itself, allowed me to become actively involved in collective work with NGOs and the UNESCO and gave me the motivation to contribute more significantly to this through the Liaison Committee.
It was not only the collective work within the preparation group but also the energy that emanated from the participant NGOs that encouraged me to look further and motivates me to become more deeply involved in order to work together and to continue the dynamic work of the last two years by President Patrick Gallaud and the members of the Liaison Committee.
I am lucky to live my passion while practicing my profession. I have built my active life in an NGO whose activity fascinates me. I am 48 years old, I live in Paris, and I am the current director of the International Festival “Crossed Cultures in Île de France” and President of CIOFF®, official partner NGO of UNESCO.
With this enthusiasm and thanks to CIOFF®, I would like to highlight my international experiences within a network of more than 110 countries which strive for cultural diversity and for a dialogue of peace and tolerance throughout the world.
I would like to see an even more active Liaison Committee, able to represent all the NGOs and to mobilize the force of all our NGOs for the years to come. The work has already been initiated by the Liaison Committee and by its current President in order to give a greater visibility to the NGOs, we must follow this path to highlight the importance of the work of the NGOs and to ensure that UNESCO values our work and our contribution since without the NGOs and civil society, it will be difficult to establish strong connections from the grassroots level.
The activities of the NGO Liaison Committee should be in acquaintance with the priorities of the UNESO and cover the spectrum of all of the activities of the members of the NGOs in order to reflect of the true problems in current civil society and all over the world.
We should work even more with the UNESCO National Commissions in favor of the Liaison Committee and the coordination of a collective work of the NGOs.
I therefore commit to all that, you can count on my force of conviction, my vitality and my sense of team work for all our NGOs to be represented as well as possible within UNESCO for an even more important and efficient partnership.
Thank you for your trust!
I hope to see you all on next December 15, 16 and 17.
Best wishes,
Philippe Beaussant
President of CIOFF®

Date of publication: 11.12.2014

45th CIOFF® World Congress 2015

45th CIOFF® World Congress 2015 45th CIOFF® World Congress and to host Delegates from more than 100 Countries in Arequipa , Peru, October 10 – 18, 2015

> 45th CIOFF® World Congress

Date of publication: 05.12.2014

44th CIOFF® World Congress and 6th Youth Forum to host Delegates from 100 Countries in Bautzen, Germany, October 16 – 26, 2014

44th CIOFF® World Congress and 6th Youth Forum to host Delegates from 100 Countries  in Bautzen, Germany, October 16 – 26, 2014 The 44th CIOFF® annual World Congress and 6th Youth Forum will be held in Bautzen, Germany,
October 16 – 26, 2014. Organizers expect about 200 people representing 100 member countries to attend, with delegates traveling from far away to this historic city, located in Eastern Germany near Dresden. The 44th CIOFF® World Congress is hosted by CIOFF® Germany, led by President Mr. Norbert Mueller, in collaboration with the city of Bautzen, and CIOFF® members: Domowina, Sorbisches National Ensemble and Sorbische Volkstanzgruppe Schmerlitz.

Since 2012, CIOFF® has been working in Official Partnership with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and is accredited to provide advisory service to the Committee of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. UNESCO Director General Ms. Irina Bokova emphasized during the 2012 CIOFF® World Congress in Paris that “UNESCO and CIOFF® share the same goal: to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and raise the potential for human development.”

This CIOFF® World Congress continues the work to safeguard intangible cultural heritage all over the world. These once yearly assemblies are also celebrations of diversity and tolerance. A very important component of the World Congress is the 6th CIOFF® Youth Forum which will take place simultaneously at the Youth Hostel Gerberbastei, also in Bautzen. More than 30 youth members are expected to participate from as many countries.

The Congress, the CIOFF® Cultural Conference and the concluding evening event will take place in the German-Sorbian Volkstheater. Other meetings and events such as Council Meeting, the meetings of the CIOFF® Sectors, Commissions and Committees will take place at Serbski Dom.

Founded in 1970, CIOFF® is now represented in over 100 different countries in which there are more than thirty thousand folklore dance and music groups and folk arts organizations. Today CIOFF ® globally coordinates over 300 annual international folklore and folk arts festivals, uniting thousands of volunteers around the world with its mission to encourage cultural exchange in order to promote a growing spirit of friendship and peace.

For more information about The 44th CIOFF® annual World Congress and 6th Youth Forum, please visit http://2014.cioff.de/index.php/en/. To learn more about the work of CIOFF ® please visit www.cioff.org or email: info@cioff.org.

Date of publication: 10.09.2014

Spring EXCO and Council Meetings in San Jose, Costa Rica

CIOFF® EXCO and Council meetings will take place in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 23 - 30, 2014. Hosted by CIOFF® Costa Rica and organized by Hans Leiton Guitierrez, the meeting has received official recognition by the President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla Miranda. Costa Rica Minister of Culture, Manuel Obregon, has also pledged support. That the government of the Republic of Costa Rica endorses and supports CIOFF® is an indication of the good work of CIOFF® Costa Rica and is a great achievement!

Date of publication: 10.03.2014

New CIOFF® Officers Elected During 2013 World Congress

New CIOFF® Officers Elected During 2013 World Congress Important outcomes from the CIOFF ® General Assembly in Zacatecas included elections of new officers. The following officers were elected: President Philippe Beaussant (France), Secretary General Olga Maloney (United Kingdom) and Vice President for Administration, Norbert Mueller (Germany) were newly elected. Vice President of Culture, Professor Alcides Hugo Ifran (Argentina) and Treasurer Esa Vilhonen (Finland) were re-elected. Beatriz Sangoy (Argentina) was elected as Chair of the Cultural Commission, Namyong Kim (South Korea) was elected as Chair of the Festivals Commission, and Karen Babcock (USA) was elected Chair of the Communications and Public Relations Commission.

Participants from 60 countries were treated to performances of Mexican Mariachi bands and dancers, including a special “fashion” show of traditional dress styles worn throughout the regions of Mexico. Attendees also enjoyed tours of this UNESCO World Heritage city and museums of Zacatecas as well as Day of the Dead celebrations.

Date of publication: 30.11.2013

CIOFF® Folkloriada 2016 to take place in Zacatecas, Mexico

CIOFF® Folkloriada 2016 to take place in Zacatecas, Mexico During the World Congress 2013, it was announced that the CIOFF® flagship event, Folkloriada, would take place in Zacatecas, Mexico in July 2016. The Governor of the State of Zacatecas, Miguel Alejandro Alonso Reyes, was joined by CIOFF® Mexico President Professor Alejandro Camacho and CIOFF® Past-President Udomsak Sakmunwong, President Philippe Beaussant, Secretary General Olga Maloney and Council Members, to sign the agreement. The Folkloriada Festival is held every 4 years in a different host country, featuring dancers and musicians from about 70 countries in an extravagant celebration of the world’s rich, diverse folklore and CIOFF® International’s work to promote intangible cultural heritage.

Date of publication: 30.11.2013

43rd CIOFF® World Congress in Zacatecas, Mexico, October 26 – November 2, 2013

43rd CIOFF® World Congress in Zacatecas, Mexico, October 26 – November 2, 2013 The 43rd CIOFF® annual World Congress was held in Zacatecas, Mexico, October 26 - November 2, 2013. The Congress was graciously hosted by CIOFF® Mexico, led by President Professor Alejandro Camacho.

Since 2012, CIOFF ® has been working in Official Partnership with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and is accredited to the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. As such, both the 2013 CIOFF® World Congress received High Patronage of UNESCO. UNESCO Director General Mme Irina Bokova emphasized during the 2012 World Congress in Paris that “UNESCO and CIOFF® share the same goal: to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and raise the potential for human development.”

Date of publication: 30.11.2013

CIOFF® EXCO & Council Meeting - Spring 2014

CIOFF® EXCO & Council Spring Meeting will take place between 23rd and 30th March 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica, organised by CIOFF® Costa Rica National Section.

Date of publication: 26.09.2013

New CIOFF® Book Published-- Folklore Songs of Children of the World

CIOFF® International announces the publication of a new book, Folklore Songs of Children of the World. Published on the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, it includes 124 songs from 56 countries.

As a project of the CIOFF® Working Group for Children, the researchers collected materials for many years. Songs include musical scores with lyrics both in the original languages and translated into English. Folklore Songs of Children of the World is published by CIOFF® Poland as Volume XI in the Publication Series Cultural Heritage.

Date of publication: 19.09.2013

CIOFF® EXCO & Council Meeting

CIOFF® EXCO & Council Meeting  CIOFF® EXCO and Council Meeting took place in Lampang and Chaingmai hosted by CIOFF® Thailand. The Joint meeting of Festivals Commission and Working Group on Public Relations also took place prior to the EXCO and Council meetings.
All the meetings were extremely productive, with the main focus on the New CIOFF® Strategy, National Sections questionnaire and changes to CIOFF® Internal Regulations.
The meetings were extremely well organised and hosted and the hospitality experienced by all the delegates was overwhelming. The delegates were treated to a very memorable visit to Elephant Preservation Centre, Mae Mo panorama, attended the spectacular Opening ceremony of “Salungluang Klongyai Peemai Mueng“ (Songkran Festival) and experience the Thai New Year celebrations.


Date of publication: 19.09.2013

Winners 3rd CIOFF® Photocompetition

“The results of the 3rd CIOFF Photo Competition 2012

The judging of the 3rd CIOFF Photo Competition 2012 took place at the Council Meeting in Thailand.

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

The diplomas will be presented to all the winners at CIOFF World Congress and General Assembly in Zacatecas (Mexico) and distributed through relevant CIOFF National Sections.”

To see the winners please see

> Winners 3rd CIOFF® Photocompetition

Date of publication: 05.06.2013

42nd CIOFF® World Congress and Youth Forum Hosts 60 Countries in Paris, November 8 – 17, 2012

42nd CIOFF® World Congress and Youth Forum Hosts 60 Countries in Paris, November 8 – 17, 2012 The 42nd CIOFF® annual World Congress and General Assembly were held in Paris, November 11-17, 2012 at the Centre International de Sejour Maurice Ravel (CISP). Over 200 people from 60 countries took part, with delegates traveling from as far away as New Zealand and Japan. CIOFF® Congress was preceded by CIOFF® Youth Forum, both of which were graciously hosted by CIOFF® France, led by its President Anne-Marie Ciolfi and CIOFF® International Secretary General Philippe Beaussant in partnership with La Ligue de l’Enseignement.

The year 2012 marked an important achievement for CIOFF®, as it has become a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Official Partnership with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) accredited to the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. As such, both the World Congress and Youth Forum received for the first time High Patronage of UNESCO. UNESCO Director General Mme Irina Bokova addressed the Congress delegates during the Opening Ceremony via a specially recorded video message, in which she acknowledged the contribution of CIOFF® to the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Mme Bokova lauded the organization's engagement of, and commitment to the youth, and she emphasised that UNESCO and CIOFF® share the same goal: to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and raise the potential for human development.

Among the main items discussed at the CIOFF® General Assembly were CIOFF® work in partnership with UNESCO, results of CIOFF® World Folkloriada 2012 in Anseong, Republic of Korea, as well as adoption of the New CIOFF® Structure. Three new countries: Kirgizstan, Quwait and Saudi Arabia were accepted as Corresponding Members of CIOFF®.

CIOFF Youth Forum
CIOFF® Youth presented their new edition of Playing Together Magazine, which was prepared for the Traditional Games day at CIOFF® World Folkloriada. The youths present at the Forum elected a new Youth Coordination Committee and determined the new two-year workplan, emphasizing the importance of expanding the CIOFF® Youth Movement.
CIOFF® Cultural Conference
The CIOFF® Cultural Conference, an integral part of the World Congress, took place November 15 and was dedicated to safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage with presentations by UNESCO Chief, Intangible Cultural Heritage Section, Cecile Duvelle; Anthropologist Chiara Bortolotto, Université Libre de Bruxelles; Diego Gradis, Lawyer, past president of “Traditions for Tomorrow” and Member of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee; Jean Audouze, President, French National Commission for UNESCO; Mario Garcia Siani, President of CIOFF® Paraguay and Ramiro Mansutti, Chairman of CIOFF® Youth Coordination Committee and acting Chairman of the CIOFF Cultural Commission. Magdalena Tovornik, CIOFF® Representative to UNESCO and Guy Landry, CIOFF® Honorary Member moderated the discussions following the presentations. In her presentation Mme Cecile Duvelle stated that the “recognition of UNESCO means CIOFF® is doing meaningful and important work.” She further supported CIOFF®’s mission, saying that educating communities puts a value on Intangible Cultural Heritage.

CIOFF® Forum
The Open Forum at the Congress was dedicated to Intellectual Property and the Safeguarding of Traditional Cultures : Challenges and Opportunities for Folklore Festivals" which was presented by the WIPO representative, Mme Brigitte Vezina.

During the Congress all the participants attended a Civic Reception at the Paris City Hall, housed in the historic Hotel de Ville de Paris on the river Seine. The Congress culminated in a CIOFF® Presentation Night at the UNESCO Theatre, attended by 1200 people, including Permanent Representatives of different countries to UNESCO. The CIOFF® President, Dr. Udomsak Sakmungvong (Thailand), made a short presentation of CIOFF®, which was followed by a concert from the newly established CIOFF® France Music and Dance Ensemble.

Date of publication: 05.12.2012

Accreditation of CIOFF®

During the UNESCO meeting in PARIS on June 7, CIOFF® has been officially accredited by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage as a Non - Governmental Organization (NGO) to provide advisory services to the Committee.

This will open new possibilities for CIOFF® activities in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage and strengthen its cooperation with UNESCO.

Date of publication: 05.12.2012

CIOFF World Folkloriada 2012 gets UNESCO Patronage

Great News! CIOFF World Folkloriada 2012 in ANSEONG, SOUTH KOREA is awarded High Patronage of UNESCO !
This is a great recognition of CIOFF work and contribution to the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage around the World.
The CIOFF World Folkloriada will take place in Anseong from 1st to 14th October 2012

Date of publication: 04.09.2012

3rd CIOFF® Photocompetion launched

The 3rd CIOFF® Photocompetion was launched on Friday, May 10, 2012. The new deadline is: 1st December 2012
For more information please see

> 3rd CIOFF® Photocompetion

Date of publication: 11.05.2012

CIOFF® EXCO and Council Meeting in Iskele, Cyprus

CIOFF® EXCO and Council Meeting in Iskele, Cyprus CIOFF® EXCO and Council Meeting in Iskele, Cyprus
March 26th- April 1st

CIOFF® EXCO and Council Meeting took place in beautiful surroundings of Kaya Artemis Hotel in Iskele, Cyprus. The Joint meeting of Festivals Commission and Working Group on Public Relations also took place prior to the EXCO and Council meetings.

All the meetings were extremely productive, with the main focus on the New CIOFF® Structure and Strategy, relations of National Sections with UNESCO National Commissions, forthcoming Folkloriada 2012 in Anseong, South Korea and changes to CIOFF® By-Laws

The meetings were extremely well organised and hosted and the hospitality experienced by all the delegates was overwhelming. The delegates were treated to Traditional Turkish Cypriot Night – Costume Show, Traditional Turkish Cypriot Musics and Henna & Shaving night show of Iskele Municipality Folk Dance Group in ISKELE ATATURK CULTURE CENTER, trip to historical sites in Famagusta, visit to MELANDRA HOUSE Cultural Centre and performance by the Iskele Munisipality Folk Dance Group after the final reception.

We would like to thank our Hosts in Iskele for the outstanding organisation and wonderful hospitality. We all felt very welcomed and the memories of our stay in Iskele will remain with us forever.

Date of publication: 21.04.2012

International CIOFF® Cultural Conference

International CIOFF® Cultural Conference
„Ethno-pedagogy and contemporary education of children”
in the frame of XX International Festival of Children’s Folklore Ensembles
“Children of Mountains”
Poland – Nowy Sacz, 22 –29 July 2012.

> Documents for International CIOFF® Cultural Conference

Date of publication: 01.03.2012

CIOFF®/ UNESCO Meetings in PARIS / 6th December 2011

CIOFF®/ UNESCO Meetings in PARIS / 6th December 2011 CIOFF®/ UNESCO Meetings in PARIS / 6th December 2011
CIOFF® Delegation (Anne-Marie Ciolfi, President of CIOFF® France, Magdalena Tovornik CIOFF® Representative to UNESCO and Philippe Beaussant, CIOFF® Secretary General) was received by the Director General of UNESCO Mrs. Irina Bokova at Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris on the 6th of December 2011. The aim of this very important UNESCO–CIOFF®high level official meeting was to inform the Director General about CIOFF® activities in general and more specifically to present her the program of next CIOFF® World Congress which will be held in Paris, November 2012. CIOFF®–NGO with Consultative Relations with UNESCO and recently also accredited to the Convention for Saveguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, invited UNESCO Director General Mrs. Irina Bokova to have an opening speech at CIOFF® World Congress in Paris, to participate at our Cultural Conference and to organize together the Gala evening of French Folklore in UNESCO Headquarters. To our greatest pleasure all these proposals were accepted.
We also informed Mrs. Irina Bokova and Mrs.Cécile Duvelle (Culture sector, Chief of section of Intangible Cultural Heritage) about CIOFF® efforts to work better with Africa and about our permanent work for peace and mutual understanding in today's world of political, religious and cultural diversity. Sharing these UNESCO and CIOFF® values she expressed her readiness also to grant UNESCO patronage to some of our important festival activities.
The CIOFF® Delegation (Anne-Marie Ciolfi, President of CIOFF France, Magdalena Tovornik CIOFF® Representative to UNESCO and Philippe Beaussant, CIOFF® Secretary General) had a meeting with Mr. Jean Audouze, the President of UNESCO National Commission of France in Paris, 6.th of December. We informed Mr. Audouze about CIOFF® France activities in general and expressed our wish to work closely with UNESCO Commission especially in the domain of Intangible Cultural Heritage. CIOFF®also invited the Commission to participate to the Cultural Conference during next CIOFF® Congress in Paris, November 2012. This meeting had a very positive result and we hope to open a new page of good CIOFF® - UNESCO National Commission cooperation.

Date of publication: 12.12.2011

CIOFF® Honorary Member FRANCOIS GOUAUD Passes Away

CIOFF® Honorary Member FRANCOIS GOUAUD Passes Away CIOFF® Family is losing one of his Honorary Member FRANCOIS GOUAUD from France ! He passed away last Friday 21 of October 2011; he was recording Secretary of CIOFF® from the foundation 1970 until 1992; On behalf of CIOFF® Council we would like to convey our condolences to the Family of François... !

Philippe Beaussant, CIOFF® Secretary General

Date of publication: 24.10.2011

2011 CIOFF® SPRING EXCO & COUNCIL MEETING, 27thApril – 1st May 2011 Waynesville, North Carolina, USA

2011 CIOFF® SPRING EXCO & COUNCIL MEETING, 27thApril – 1st May 2011 Waynesville, North Carolina, USA FOLKMOOT USA played host to the 2011 CIOFF® EXCO & Council Meeting, and Joint Meeting of the Festivals Commission and Working Group on Public Relations, which took place in Waynesville, North Carolina, USA from 27th April to 1st May 2011.
The meeting was extremely well organized by volunteers and staff of FOLKMOOT USA and all the delegates were overwhelmed by the host’s hospitality. All Council sessions took place in FOLKMOOT Friendship Centre, the home of FOLKMOOT USA.
The delegates were also treated to spectacular sight seeing tours along Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Museum of the Charokee Indians, the Folk Arts Center and the city of Asheville and entertained by Cloggers and Bluegrass Musicians
We are extremely grateful FOLKMOOT USA and especially to Rolf Kaufman and Karen Babcock for their warm hospitality, excellent organisation and for giving all of us a memorable experience we will all treasure.

Date of publication: 14.05.2011

CIOFF® on Twitter

CIOFF® is now only Twitter as CIOFF_NGO. Please follow us for all the latest CIOFF® news from around the World.

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Date of publication: 14.05.2011

CIOFF® FOUNDER HENRI COURSAGET PASSSES AWAY

CIOFF® FOUNDER HENRI COURSAGET PASSSES AWAY It is with great sadness that CIOFF® announces the passing of its beloved founder, Henri Coursaget. He passed away Monday, March 21 in his hometown of Confolens, France, after a brief illness. He was 86 years of age,

In 1970 Mr. Coursaget invited a group of his colleagues in Festival management from throughout Europe, to meet with him to explore his idea of forming an Association binding together Folklore Festivals in a common endeavor to emphasize and expand the sharing of cultural traditions among countries, in the hope that, thereby, the cause of World Peace could be significantly enhanced. This was the beginning of CIOFF®, which is today represented in ninety countries around the world, with over three hundred international Folklore Festivals bearing its seal of approval. Significantly, in the early days of CIOFF®, under Henri’s leadership, the organization distinguished itself by accomplishing the exchange of cultural traditions across the previously nearly impenetrable Iron Curtain.

Mr. Coursaget served as CIOFF®’s President until 1989 and was subsequently awarded the permanent title of Honorary President. This was not just an empty title for Mr. Coursaget. He remained active as an inspirational leader for all of CIOFF®. As recently as November 2010, he attended the Fortieth Anniversary CIOFF® World Congress in Tahiti, where he addressed the assembled Delegates several times, especially on the topic of maintaining and emphasizing the spirit of working together across the borders of the world and allowing this theme to prevail over existing individualism.

Mr. Coursaget was also the founder of the well known Festival de Confolens in 1957. He retired from the active management of that large Festival at the time of its fiftieth anniversary in 2006. The present Director of Festival de Confolens is Mr. Philippe Beaussant, who is also Secretary General of CIOFF®.

CIOFF® National Sections and their members around the world will now take on the challenge of honoring the memory of Henri Coursaget with redoubled efforts to break down walls that exist between nations and between people, by means of the exchange of cultural traditions, asaccomplished through International Folklore Festivals, as well as by other means.

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Date of publication: 23.03.2011

40th CIOFF WORLD CONGRESS AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN TAHITI

40th CIOFF WORLD CONGRESS AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN TAHITI 40th CIOFF® World Congress and General Assembly took place in Papeete, Tahiti from 6th to 13th November 2010, attended by 30 CIOFF® National Sections with 12 proxy votes, 3 Associate Members and 2 Corresponding Members, in presence of CIOFF® honorary President and 3 Honorary Members.
CIOFF® Family was joined by seven new Members: Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ecuador, Ireland, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, who became Full Members of CIOFF® and Jordan - Associate Member, 60 Festivals around the World received re-newed CIOFF® Recognition.
Magdalena Tovornik was elected as a new CIOFF® Representative at UNESCO.
One of the main topics of Discussions was the New CIOFF® objectives, strategies and structure and the proposed transparency programme.
The agreement on 4th CIOFF® World Folkloriada between CIOFF®, CIOFF® Korea National Section and Hwang Eun Seong, Mayor of Anseong & Chairman of The Folkloriada Organizing Committee was signed in presence of all the delegates.
The Cultural Conference was dedicated to Anthology of Polynesian Culture and Rapprochement of Cultures.

Date of publication: 09.01.2011

CIOFF® WORLD FOLKLORIADA 2012

CIOFF® WORLD FOLKLORIADA 2012 The National Section of Korea, the city of Anseong, the government of Korea and the Folkloriada Committee of Korea are working very hard to prepare CIOFF® Folkloriada 2012. In April 2010, CIOFF® Council, Festivals Commission and Folkloriada Working Group were in Anseong, Korea, to meet the organizers of CIOFF® Folkloriada 2012. A tour at the future site of CIOFF® Folkloriada 2012 was organized and a special show of the “Namsadang Nori” (UNESCO Treasure of Humanity) was presented on the permanent site of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World in Anseong. A special reception was hosted by the Folkloriada Committee of Korea for the business people who will help for the financing of CIOFF® Folkloriada.
The permanent site of Intangible Cultural Heritage conceived in a perspective of sustainable development, is under construction. The site will include inside and outside theaters with four sides seating. It will also include a place for storytelling and for small musical presentations. Also, the site will have place for traditional games, handicraft, exhibitions and tasting of traditional dishes. A Hotel will be built on site. The outside stage is already completed and the inside theater is mostly finished. The second venue of CIOFF® Folkloriada 2012 is the same site as the Festival of Anseong, situated in the middle of the city, near the river. Roads and parking lots have been created for cars and buses. The construction of the site is aimed to become a tourist destination for Koreans and visitors from all around the World to discover Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Date of publication: 22.07.2010

CIOFF® FAMILY HELPS HAITI AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

CIOFF® FAMILY HELPS HAITI AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE After a massive earthquake devastated Haiti on January, 12th 2010, the 7.0 magnitude quake reduced much of the Capital Port-au- Prince into rubble, a city already lacking in basic health service. That was by far the worst disaster to hit the country in more then 200 years. Thousands were feared dead, while bloodied survivors gathered in the streets in search of much-need help.
CIOFF® made an appeal to all its members to contribute a small token of donation as gesture of family of CIOFF® to lighten the burden of our World-Fellows in Haiti. The CIOFF® Treasurer arranged special sub-account to collect the contribution from National Sections and send the donated money to Haiti to help with recovering from the catastrophe in Haiti.
The collection of donations to CIOFF® Haiti has been very favourable. The amount of 6274 Euros has been received to the account of which an amount of 6200 Euros has already been transferred to help Haiti via “Partners in Health”, an organization advised by the National Delegate of CIOFF® Haiti, Ms. Yvrose Green.
CIOFF® received a letter of thanks from “Partners in Health”.

Date of publication: 22.07.2010

2010 CIOFF® WORLD MEETING

2010 CIOFF® WORLD MEETING Anseong, South Korea 16th -24th April

Anseong, South Korea hosted the 2010 CIOFF® World Meeting of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts, which included CIOFF® EXCO & Council Meeting, Meeting of the Asian and Oceanian Sector, Joint Meeting of the Festivals Commission and Working Group on Public Relations and Meeting of Folkloriada Working Group.
The meeting was extremely well organized by CIOFF® Korea National Section All sessions took place in Anseong, the host city of CIOFF® Folkloriada 2012, so all the delegates also had a chance to explore the future sites of Folkloriada, get a taste of Korean Culture and Hospitality, and meet with government officials.
The delegates were also treated to performance by famous dance and music folklore group Namsadang, tour of Folklore Village and other Cultural Tours.
We are extremely grateful to CIOFF® Korea for their warm hospitality, excellent organisation and for giving all of us the unique insight and unforgettable experience of the Korean culture and folklore.

Date of publication: 22.07.2010

VIEW of TAHITI from the Hotel Radisson ,

VIEW of TAHITI from the Hotel Radisson , hotel RADISSON
main place of the 40 th CIOFF World Congress 2010
PAPEETE - TAHITI
7 to 15 November 2010

Date of publication: 12.02.2010

FRENCH POLYNESIA WELCOMES CIOFF WORLD CONGRESS

FRENCH POLYNESIA WELCOMES CIOFF WORLD CONGRESS From 7 to 15 November 2010 , TAHITI and THE FRENCH POLYNESIA , Moorea, Bora Bora ...( the Pearl of the Pacific) , will host the 2010 CIOFF WORLD CONGRESS and will celebrate at the same time the 40 th Aniversary of CIOFF! Organization = CIOFF TAHITI and FEMMES OCEANIENNES ; main place of the Congress =
Hotel Radisson in Papeete , Capital of TAHITI ! (photo)

Date of publication: 12.02.2010

Winners Photo Competition - Categorie Friendship


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Date of publication: 05.02.2010

Winners Photo Competition - Categorie Portrait


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Date of publication: 05.02.2010

Winners Photo Competition - Categorie Action

Winners Photo Competition - Categorie Action

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Date of publication: 07.01.2010

New CIOFF® Newsletter available

The CIOFF® Newsletter 01 2010 is now available.

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Date of publication: 02.01.2010

Photo Competition

Photo Competition Due to the huge success of the 1st CIOFF International Photo Competition in 2006, the Council has decided to hold another Photo Competition, which was launched at the CIOFF World Congress in Istanbul.

The organisers of 2nd CIOFF Photo Competition received the total of 468 entries from 93 Photographers from 31 Countries: 170 Entries in Action-Performance Category, 120 Entries in Friendships between Nations Category and 178 Entries in Portrait in National Costume Category.
The Judging of the Photo Competition will take place at the CIOFF World Congress in Havana on 10th November 2009 and will be done by the members of Festivals Commission and members of Working Group on Public Relations – an International Jury of 12 people from all over the World. In each Category the Photographs, which will receive the biggest score from all the Jury Members combined, will be pronounced as Winners.
Ten first places in each Category will receive CIOFF Diplomas, which will be handed to their respective CIOFF National Delegates. The announcement of the results and presentation ceremony will take place on 14th November 2009 at the Closing Ceremony of the CIOFF World Congress in Havana.


Date of publication: 28.07.2009

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