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International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts

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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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INSIDE THE 5th CIOFF® FOLKLORIADA

Zacatecas, Mexico is the 2016 location for the 5th CIOFF® Folkloriada, the grand “Olympiad” of folklore, minus the competition that characterizes the sports-based Olympics, which is also held every four years. More than 1,500 artists from 50 countries will give life to this great cultural sampler of folklore, taking place in a Latin American country for the first time. Cultural delegations from all the world’s continents will share music, dance, songs, rituals, handicrafts, and traditional games with audiences throughout the 2016 CIOFF® Folkloriada Festival. Numerous exhibitions and forums will be held in addition to the shows and parades that make up the broad program of this 5th Folkloriada. The first CIOFF® Folkloriada was held in Holland, the second in Japan, the third in Hungary, and the fourth in Korea. Mexico’s role as the 5th country to host this international cultural Festival includes events and activities in various states of the country, involving all performing groups invited to participate in the 2016 Folkloriada. For A Culture of Peace Today’s world is in turmoil—it seems there is no respect for life, let alone culture, which is reflected in all too frequent terrorist attacks. However, CIOFF® remains a strong symbol of peace in support of preserving and sharing the world’s diverse cultures. The International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Traditional Arts’ (CIOFF®) motto is "a Culture of Peace.” The President of CIOFF®, Mr. Philippe Beaussant, will focus his presentations on this topic during Folkloriada, and repeat this message of peace throughout the festival, during forums, official acts, and press interviews. The intent is to maximize Folkloriada audience exposure to the message of peace shared by the members of CIOFF® throughout the world in 111 countries. (Display the following...)

 

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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

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