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CIOFF® is an Official Partner of UNESCO, accredited to the UNESCO ICH Committee. Created in 1970, the duty of CIOFF® is safeguarding, promotion and diffusion of traditional culture and folklore.

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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. (Display the following...)

 

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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

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