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.
CIOFF® World Congress in Bautzen, Germany hosts 200 from 54 Countries
Over 200 participants from 54 countries met in Bautzen, Germany for the CIOFF® World Congress October 16 – 26, 2014. 30 young people from 26 countries also spent several days meeting in the 6th CIOFF® Youth Forum, in Bautzen, as part of the World Congress. Participants included folklore festival directors, university professors, performers, NGO members and other cultural leaders, who share two important things: all are passionate about preserving the world’s cultures and all are volunteers. These cultural professionals actively worked during the week long Congress to help preserve intangible cultural heritage throughout the world. (Display the following...)
Important results of the Congress include plans for the organization’s flagship event, CIOFF® World Folkloriada, to be held in Zacatecas, Mexico July 27 – August 15, 2016. Occurring every 4 years, Folkloriada was last held in Anseong, South Korea in 2012. Organizers expect 2,000 performers from 60 cultural performing groups from all over the globe at the next World Folkloriada.
Another important outcome of CIOFF® work at the Congress comes from the Committee on Training and Education and the Committee on Children. In their joint meeting, members agreed to develop an Open Forum regarding CIOFF® activities for and with challenged persons, especially children.
New member countries accepted during the Congress General Assembly include:
• Full Members: Puerto Rico
• Associated Members: United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Pakistan, Iran, Palestine, and Philippines
• Corresponding Members: Australia, Anguilla, San Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda
In the World Congress Cultural Conference, titled “Awareness of Intangible Cultural Heritage—The Role of Ethnic Communities,” participants learned about the local Sorbian Community in and around Bautzen, Germany. Speakers included Dr. Christoph Wulf from the UNESCO Commission Germany, Dr. Dorthea Kolland from Berlin, and Dr. Ines Keller, Dr. Theresa Jacobs, and Dr. Fabian Jacobs from the Sorbian Institute. Best practices were then presented by Guy Landry of CIOFF® Canada, Mario Garcia Siani of CIOFF® Paraguay, and Kati Taal, of CIOFF® Estonia.
In a new World Congress presentation, “Examples of Good Practice” were shared. These included: “Cooperation with UNESCO: International Folklore Festival in Debate—Perspective of the Organizer,” presented by CIOFF® Portugal; “Youth Activities,” presented by CIOFF® Argentina; “Cultural Activities: First Meeting of the National Folklore Festivals of Colombia,” presented by CIOFF® Colombia; and “Festival: Poetry in Motion—Combining Traditional and Contemporary Elements in the Festival Program,” presented by CIOFF® United Kingdom.
Founded in 1970, CIOFF ® is now represented in 130 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.
According to the CIOFF® Festivals Commission, a Forum of Festival Directors will be held in Bogota, Colombia, April 7 -11, 2015. The Commission also reported that 329 CIOFF® Festivals held in 2014 hosted more than 40,000 folklore performers in 68 countries.
The 2015 CIOFF® World Congress will be held in Arequipa, Peru.
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.
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CIOFF® 45th Anniversary and UNESCO 70th Anniversary
Date of publication: 25.06.2015
Candidacy of CIOFF® President to the Presidency of UNESCO International Conference of NGOs
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.
President of CIOFF®
Date of publication: 11.12.2014
45th CIOFF® World Congress 2015
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date of publication: 10.09.2014
Spring EXCO and Council Meetings in San Jose, Costa Rica
Date of publication: 10.03.2014
28.06 - 04.07.2015 ISRAEL
MAATAF - International Folklore Festival
30.06 - 04.07.2015 CROATIA
15th Mediterranean folklore encounters 'Zlatna sopela', Porec
30.06 - 04.07.2015 SLOVENIA
International CIOFF Folklore Festival Folkart Maribor
30.06 - 05.07.2015 NETHERLANDS
Internationaal Dansfestival Burgum
01.07 - 05.07.2015 GREECE
Intern. Folk Festival of Naoussa 'CIOFF®-PYRSOS-NAOUSSA'
01.07 - 05.07.2015 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
International Folklore Festival 'Dani kosidbe', Kupres
01.07 - 05.07.2015 GERMANY
Internationales Trachtenfest Ludwigsau-Tann
02.07 - 06.07.2015 SPAIN
Jornadas Folcloricas Nazarenas International
02.07 - 07.07.2015 SPAIN
Festival International de Música, Danza y Canciones Populares 'Folk del Mundo', Jaen
02.07 - 07.07.2015 BELGIUM
02.07 - 09.07.2015 ITALY
03.07 - 05.07.2015 FRANCE
Danses et Musiques d'Ailleurs...C'est ici ! - Paris
03.07 - 05.07.2015 CROATIA
International Folklore Festival Slingani dani, Jalžabet, Varazdin
03.07 - 06.07.2015 CZECH REPUBLIC
International Folklore Festival 'Rožnovské slavnosti',Rožnov pod Radhoštem
03.07 - 06.07.2015 GERMANY
Internationales Trachtentreffen der Mosel in Kröv
03.07 - 08.07.2015 GREECE
Intern. Folk Festival 'Sun and Stone', Nea Karvali
03.07 - 09.07.2015 CHINA
The 3rd Lanzhou International Drum Festival of China
04.07 - 06.07.2015 FRANCE
Les Poupées d'or du folklore d'Etain
04.07 - 09.07.2015 MACEDONIA FYROM
International Folklore Festival ' GAZI BABA '
04.07 - 11.07.2015 PORTUGAL
Folk Cantanhede - Semana Internacional de Folclore