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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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ANKA RAIC, CIOFF® Bosnia and Hercegovina, is the winner of Jeonju International Award (JIPACH) 2022 for Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)

ANKA RAIC, CIOFF® Bosnia and Hercegovina, is the winner of Jeonju International Award (JIPACH) 2022 for Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)

ANKA RAIC, CIOFF® Bosnia and Hercegovina, is the winner of Jeonju International Award (JIPACH) 2022 for Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)

Center for International Culture Studies in Jeonju city (South Korea) launched on the March 1st 2022 the Jeonju International Award for Promoting ICH. The award shall go to individuals or groups that practice good safeguarding practices of ICH in their own country.

Anka Raic is very active for many years in multi ethnic society in Bosnia and Hercegovina - she carried on many projects on local, regional and national levels in order to safeguard ICH and promote traditions.
Anna Maria Boileau, Sector Representative of South European Sector and Magdalena Tovornik, Representative of CIOFF® to UNESCO supported her candidature and sent letters of support (asked by the organizer).
Her work was recognized and awarded by the jury-composed of UNESCO facilitators and experts.
The official ceremony will take place on the 19. October 2022 in Jeonju, South Korea.

Date of publication: 06.08.2022

CIOFF® Marathon "Folklore at a Distance" starts this Sunday

CIOFF® Marathon


You are welcome to join all the workshops of "Folklore at a Distance" this Sunday and Monday.
7.08 and 8.08 Latin American and Carribean workshops "Use of the Handkerchief in Latin American Folk Dances".
The workshops are broadcast on the Facebook of CIOFF® (www.facebook.com/cioff.ngo) and of Folklor a Distancia Internacional CIOFF (www.facebook.com/fdicioff).
If you wish to participate in the live workshops through Zoom and receive a certificate, then please register here: https://forms.gle/evzaJ8W6XLYPftY58.

8.08 pre-recorded workshops of Europe and Asia "Tastes of the World" and North America "Indigenous and Metis Traditions of North America".
The workshops are broadcast on the Facebook of CIOFF® (www.facebook.com/cioff.ngo) and on Youtube's channel CIOFF® TV for Living Traditions (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXS1fza_Wsp-PjE-LUvs30Q).

You can find the full line-up in the attachment. You are welcome to forward it to your members!

> CIOFF® Marathon "Folklore at a Distance" starts this Sunday

Date of publication: 04.08.2022

Save the date 7-8/8/2022

Save the date 7-8/8/2022

"Dear folklore friends from all over the world!

On the 7th and 8th of August we’re celebrating CIOFF®’s (International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts) birthday and we’re inviting all of you to celebrate with us! For the third year in a row we will celebrate with sharing folklore workshops from all over the world - “Folklore at Distance”.
This year we will have workshops on different themes - you have the possibility to learn about the tastes, handicrafts and dances of the world.
Save the date on your calendar and more information is coming soon!"

Date of publication: 09.07.2022

Welcome to the Netherlands

Welcome to the Netherlands


Sector Meeting CIOFF® Central and Northern Europe
Fifteen delegates (Czech Republic, Israel, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Austria, Estonia, Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Slovakia and United Kingdom) took part in the meeting of the Central and North European Sector of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts CIOFF®.
During the three days, national delegates discussed the future activity and situation of CIOFF® organisation in our region. There were six different sessions: reports of cultural, festival and legal commissions; information from CIOFF Council action for the last year; our financial situation; the relationship with UNESCO; PR and marketing strategies and preparing for the next General Assembly in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) in November 2022.
‘I'm very grateful for this meeting. After the pandemic restrictions, we had the opportunity to meet again in person. It's a hard time for our organisation; however, I strongly believe that CIOFF® still holds a strong position within worldwide cultural societies.’ - Ms. Susanne Kramer, chair of Central and North European Sector explained.
In addition to administrative work, the delegates had the opportunity to participate in a folk show: "Welkom in Nederland" directed by Guus van Kan. Ninety minutes of dance, music and song created an unforgettable experience, which allowed us to know the culture of the Netherlands better. Eight groups from all parts of Netherland showed the colorful power of folklore.
‘Our intention was to integrate the Netherlands’ groups for one art project - and it worked! I'm so proud of that. Our international guests discovered how diverse our traditions are.’ - Mr. David Ramon Kloosterhuis, CIOFF® Netherlands President explained.

> http://www.facebook.com/cioffnederland

Date of publication: 02.06.2022

Polish Section of CIOFF with new presidium!

Polish Section of CIOFF with new presidium!

Members and delegates representing more than 100 groups and organizations from Poland elected new authorities during the 15th General Congress of Polish National Section of International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts CIOFF®.
After 30 years of activity Mr. Jerzy Chmiel has become a honorary member of the organization. He was the President of PS CIOFF® (1992-2022) and former vice president of CIOFF® World (1991-2013). New presidium is the next good chapter in the future history of the Polish Section of CIOFF®
The 15th General Congress of PS CIOFF® was held from April 26 to April 28, 2022 at the premises of Polish National Song and Dance Ensemble "Slask" in Koszecin (Silesian Voivodeship). 47 delegates took part in the meeting. During special sessions they settled the terms of future goals of PS CIOFF®.
Polish Section of CIOFF® is one of the most recognizable folklore organization in Poland. We try to protect tangible and intangible heritage of polish dances, music, vocals and handicrafts tradition – Mr. Piotr Szewczyk, newly elected vice-president of PS CIOFF® explains.
Polish CIOFF® has organizational traditions starting from the very beginning of CIOFF® World. Mr. Michal Kosinski from Poland was one of the founders of the organization and the country was in the team of 11 first founder countries.
The new presidium includes:
Jan Losakiewicz - President (Warszawa)
Piotr Szewczyk – Vice-president (Myslenice)
Marcin Bochenek – Vice-president (Biala Podlaska)
Leszek Choluj - Treasurer (Katowice)
Bozena Baranowska - Secretary (Lublin)
Jan Galasinski - Member of the Presidium (Poznan)
Poland organizes 17 CIOFF® International Festivals which have good worldwide opinion. Currently the organization associates 102 folklore groups, 55 experts of regional dances and music, national dances and costumes.
author: Piotr Szewczyk, CIOFF® Poland
Photos: Wojciech Korpusik

Date of publication: 08.05.2022

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08.08 - 18.08.2022 SPAIN
Xornadas de Folclore de Ourense
13.08 - 21.08.2022 POLAND
World Folk Review 'Integration', Poznan
16.08 - 21.08.2022 FRANCE
Festival du Houblon - Haguenau
16.08 - 21.08.2022 PORTUGAL
Funchal Folk – Arraial do Mundo
16.08 - 23.08.2022 ITALY
Estate Internazionale del Folklore
17.08 - 19.08.2022 NORTH MACEDONIA
Festival of folk culture POBRAZENJE Vevcani
18.08 - 21.08.2022 FRANCE
Festival Mondial'Folk de Plozevet
18.08 - 21.08.2022 HUNGARY
Festival of Folk Arts - Budapest
18.08 - 23.08.2022 ITALY
Festival 'dei Cuori' - Tarcento

 

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