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.
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...)
Folkloriada Activities In the capital of the State of Zacatecas as in other cities, audiences will enjoy performances of the artistic groups on multiple stages. A forum for young people in CIOFF® and a forum for directors of the artistic groups will be included in Folkloriada activities. Various spaces have been prepared to house exhibitions of traditional musical instruments of the world, Mexican embroidery, photographs of traditional crafts in danger of extinction, popular cultural games, shows and artisan workshops. Parades are planned to span two festival entrances through the main streets of the city, representing the "Patrimony of Humanity” from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO and CIOFF® work in partnership throughout the year to preserve cultural diversity. The official opening of Folkloriada 2016 takes place in a football stadium on July 30 with closing ceremonies to follow on August 7. Both opening and closing ceremonies will feature Mexican dignitaries, officials of foreign countries and special guests. Speakers will present to world audiences the important work of CIOFF® and other cultural advocates to preserve and promote cultural diversity through traditional folk dance and craft.
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EMBROIDERIES OF MEXICO
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
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®
Date of publication: 04.08.2016
WORLD HANDICRAFTS AT FOLKLORIADA
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!
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
14.08 - 01.09.2016 BRAZIL ABRASOFFA
CIRCUIT BRAZIL FESTINFOLK- FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE FOLCLORE DO BRASIL
20.08 - 28.08.2016 POLAND
International Student's Folklore Festival, Katowice
22.08 - 26.08.2016 SERBIA
Interetno Festival Subotica
22.08 - 26.08.2016 HUNGARY
INTERTNO Festival - Szabadka/Subotica
22.08 - 27.08.2016 PERU
Festival Internacional de las Culturas del Mundo la Bellavista
22.08 - 28.08.2016 FRANCE
Fêtes de la Vigne de Dijon
23.08 - 28.08.2016 POLAND
International Folklore Vistula Festival - Plock
24.08 - 28.08.2016 ITALY
Festival Mondiale del Folklore 'Castello di Gorizia'
24.08 - 28.08.2016 UKRAINE
International Festival 'Etnovyr'
24.08 - 30.08.2016 ITALY
Momenti di Folklore Internazionale
25.08 - 28.08.2016 CZECH REPUBLIC
International Bagpipe Festival Strakonice,Strakonice
25.08 - 30.08.2016 GREECE
'Kyparissia Sunshine' International Folklore festival, Kyparissia
29.08 - 04.09.2016 PORTUGAL
Festival de Folclore Internacional Alto Minho
30.08 - 04.09.2016 INDONESIA
West Sulawesi International Folk & Art Festival
01.09 - 04.09.2016 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
National Folklore Festival 'Rujanski susreti'
01.09 - 08.09.2016 CHINA
Changzhou International Folklore Festival
02.09 - 07.09.2016 CYPRUS ISKELE FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL TATLISU MUNICIPALITY FOLKDANCE FESTIVAL
03.09 - 04.09.2016 COSTA RICA
Festival Nacional de Folklore Infantil
03.09 - 04.09.2016 RUSSIA
Moscow International Folklore Festival
04.09 - 10.09.2016 RUSSIA
International Folklore Festival 'Golden Ring'