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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.



We are extremely proud to announce that at the 38th General Assembly of UNESCO in Paris (3rd-18th November) CIOFF® has been awarded the UNESCO associate partner status as NGO, being one of the only three NGOs, who received the associate status in 2015. Since its foundation in 1945, UNESCO has sought to collaborate with NGOs, which are fundamental civil society partners for the implementation of the Organization’s activities and programmes. Over the years, UNESCO has built up a valuable network of cooperation with NGOs having an expertise in its fields of competence, i.e. education, science, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information. Currently, UNESCO is enjoying official partnerships with 373 international NGOs and 24 foundations and similar institutions, only around 40 of which have associate status and all the others consultative status. This recognition of CIOFF® by UNESCO reflects the new level of cooperation with CIOFF® in providing a valuable partnership to UNESCO in recent years, having made regular major substantial contributions to framing UNESCO’s objectives and implementing its programmes in the field of safeguarding and promoting the World intangible cultural heritage. CIOFF® becomes the only organisation working in the field of ICH to receive associate partnership status of UNESCO. What that means for CIOFF® is: Visibility – an immense chance to promote the work and activities of CIOFF® by both CIOFF® International and the National Sections Opportunity to develop and implement new exciting programmes and projects with the support of UNESCO Responsibility- to maintain the high level of engagement with UNESCO as an associate partner, constantly strengthening CIOFF® organisation on national and international levels and delivering effective programmes and projects. This extremely important announcement comes at a time when CIOFF® is preparing for its flagship event - the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada, which will take place in Zacatecas, Mexico in August 2016, with participation of over 2500 dancers and musicians representing more then 70 countries of the World. Founded in 1970, CIOFF® is now represented in 112 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 CIOFF ® please visit www.cioff.org or email: info@cioff.org


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CIOFF® International in cooperation with CIOFF® Italy is proud to announce the 1st Open Assembly, open for participation for anyone interested in the work of CIOFF® International, including representatives of festivals, folklore groups, folklore and cultural organizations and individuals.
CIOFF® Open Assembly will include – Opening Ceremony,
Cultural Conference “Beautiful sounds of Italy. Traditional musical instruments” CIOFF® Open Forum “Folklore Festivals – Evolution, Relations and Policies” Presentations of “Good Practice” by CIOFF® National Sections
Presentations covering the work of CIOFF®, CIOFF® and UNESCO Presentations by CIOFF® Commissions and Committees

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Date of publication: 18.07.2016



Amid an atmosphere of great camaraderie, dialog and analysis of plans and projects that will contribute to the enhancement of the worldwide organization ended the meeting of the World Council of CIOFF®, held in the Mexican city of Zacatecas, from 21 to 28 February 2016.

On occasion, more than discuss the inherent issues of CIOFF®, it was presented the detailed information of what will be the world Folkloriada to be held here from July 30 to August 7, supported the government of the State.

Local authorities stated repeatedly, along several interviews with members of the Council, headed by its president Philippe Beaussant, the governor of the State, Lic. Miguel Alonso Reyes, he ordered his staff provide all necessary support for success of this 5th World Folkloriada.

Without further ado, the chief of staff of the highest authority of the state, said: “Our governor, Sr. Miguel Alonso Reyes, gave us the instruction to not skimping effort to that success crowns the most important cultural event in the world that will take place in our state. All activities from beginning to end will have our full support”.

For his part, President Philippe Beaussant, while grateful for the willingness, asked the CIOFF® authorities of Mexico, headed by its owner Alejandro Camacho González, work in coordination so that the idea of turning the capital Zacatecas World Folklore, 30 July to 8 August, it becomes a beautiful reality.

As an example, the Secretary of Tourism, Pedro Inguanzo González, reported that the entity in charge will endeavor to promote profusely for all media, radio, television, newspapers and other digital media, the 5th World Folkloriada, and for that purpose and by order of the governor, the budget provided for in this area will increase from 2 million to 4 million pesos, i.e. an increase of 100 % of the initial forecast.

Finally, both the Chairman of the Committee for CIOFF® Folkloriada Prof. Alcides Hugo Ifrán, President of the Mexican National Section of CIOFF, Master Alejandro Camacho González, Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Norbert Mueller, the General Secretary, Olga Maloney, the Treasurer, Treasurer Esa Vilhonen, the chairperson of the Committee on Culture, Prof. Beatriz Sangoy and the President of the Commission Communication and Public Relations Oscar Delgado and about 30 officials including the Secretary of Education Prof. Marco Vinicio Flores Chávez (main reference of the Government in the organization of the Folkloriada ), the one from the Public Security and the Coordinator of the Folkloriada by the Government of Zacatecas, Sr. Antonio Jacobo de Luna, who expressed their agreement to work together to make Zacatecas the apex of the Folkloric information world between July 30 to August 7.

The meeting of the CIOFF® World Council was presided over by its President Philippe Beaussant, and attended by the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Norbert Mueller, Vice President for Cultural Affairs, Alejandro Camacho González, the General Secretary, Olga Maloney, the Treasurer, Treasurer Esa Vilhonen, the president of Communication and Public Relations Comission, Oscar Delgado, the chairperson of Cultural Comission, Beatriz Sangoy, the president of Legal Comission, Francesco Mallozzi, the president of Youth CIOFF®, Antonio Mallozzi. Also they attended by representatives of the sectors: Asia y Oceania: Muammer Arslan]; from North America, Alexander P. Durtka, Jr., from North Europe, Riitta Korhonen and from South Europe, Anna Maria Boileau.

Date of publication: 17.03.2016



All over the world it’s remembered today the International Women's Day, and CIOFF can’t be absent in this remembrance, because day by day we remember them and we admired their tenacious work that they do inside our organization. To all go our sincere congratulations and appreciation forever.

March wasn’t a month at random to proclaim this date as International Women's Day, because it is remembered the struggle of women in this month in 1908 filling up The Big Apple, New York, (USA), shouting " Bread and roses!", claiming for better pay, voting rights , reduced working hours and decent working conditions. They inherited the start of struggle of the workers of the networkers’ textile, who already in 1957, also in March, raised their voices for their labor rights to create their unions in 1959. These protests were supported strongly by the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, in the Axh building, in New York. Most of them were young women between 14 and 23 years, Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and Italy who earned their living in this shirt factory in the district of Manhattan. 146 people died, of which 123 were women. They couldn’t escape the fire that spread rapidly and could be caused by a cigarette butt or the motor of a sewing machine. The factory was a mousetrap; the fire occurred in the eighth, ninth and tenth floor; it didn’t have stairs and only worked the elevator; many of the 500 workers jumped through windows to not die burned. The fire revealed the lack of security and inhumane working conditions in textile workers in this and other factories. After the disaster, all of New York joined in mourning the victims. The events brought solidarity and international assistance with Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU), a union of pioneering textile workers in the workers' defense. To this were joined other civil and religious women’s organizations. The tragedy of the Triangle Shirtweist brought important legislative changes.

A date with history

The recognition of International Women's Day marked even more feminine feeling in the pursuit of fairness, justice and equality for women around the world, often separated by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences. However, they have more than 90 years since he started beating the spirit of demands for recognition and space. The idea of a day to highlight women emerged in the late nineteenth century, in a time of industrialization, expansion and turbulence of populations and radical ideologies.

It was in 1910, during an international conference of socialist women, when the german Clara Zetkin proposed the establishment on March 8 as International Women's Day, in homage to those who carried out the first actions of organized women workers against capitalist exploitation. In 1917 the Russian workers took to the streets demanding "peace, bread and freedom", starting the greatest revolution of the twentieth century.

After decades of organized struggle, proposals and formal debates (conventions, congresses), the United Nations Charter, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between men and women. Since then the UN has helped create a historic legacy of strategies, policies, programs and internationally agreed targets for improving the status of women worldwide.

Millennial presence

Over the years, negotiations and spaces won by feminism, the Women's Day has lost its working-class character, becoming a day in claiming rights in all areas. In some places, they are demanding basic rights such as access to education, culture, work or politics. Thousands of women have made very important contributions.

Date of publication: 17.03.2016



In the frame of the scheduled activities in order to determine last details for the organization of the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada, an important meeting took place; the Secretary of Education of the Government of Zacatecas, Prof. Marco Vinicio Flores Chavez, CIOFF® President, Philippe Beaussant, the Coordinator for Folkloriada of the Government of Zacatecas, Mr. Antonio Jacobo De Luna, the Chairman of CIOFF® Folkloriada Committee, Prof. Alcides Hugo Ifran and the President of Mexican National Section of CIOFF®, Mr. Alejandro Camacho Gonzalez were present in this meeting.
It is important to inform that the proposal to organize the Folkloriada started more than 3 years ago and CIOFF® is compromised to organize a memorable event not only considering the big ammount of participating countries and activities but also a new concept which would strengthen the links with UNESCO, through cultural activities regarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Government of the State ratified the official agreement openly, reaffirming its will to realize the scheduled project produced by CIOFF®. The project ensures the participation of about 70 countries coming from all continents.
CIOFF® National Sections of Mexico, on its side, confirmed previous agreements with the Government of Zacatecas, becoming an operative team, destined not only to cooperate to the realization of the activities in Zacatecas, but also in extending the work to other 17 States of the Mexican Republic.
Exhibitions of World Musical Instruments, Mexican Embroideries (the idea is to present them as ICH to UNESCO), workshops and exhibitions of artisans coming from more than 50 countries, 7th World CIOFF® Youth Forum, World Forum of the Folk Groups Directors: all these activities will be held in Zacatecas during the 5th CIOFF® World Folkloriada from 1st to 7th August 2016.
A better news could be almost impossible! Let's go up, CIOFF®!

Date of publication: 26.02.2016



An emotional event took place this morning in the city of Zacatecas, Mexico, in order to celebrate the Day of Mexican Flag. CIOFF® Council has been invited to participate to this official ceremony which has been chaired by the Governor of the State, Mr. Miguel Alonso Reyes.
At the end of the act, the Governor welcomed, especially, all the CIOFF® Council members and open the photographic session with them; this fact underlines the importance place of CIOFF® for the State of Zacatecas.
A lot of citizens and tourists came in to watch the emotional ceremony performed by the National Army and the educational institutions as main players. An intense cremation ceremony of the flags of different organisms, that had suffered damage, took place during the event.
A 10x30 meters flag was flaming in the air: it was a great show especially for those people who don't know this particular ritual..
CIOFF® Council has been chaired by its World President, Mr. Philippe Beaussant.

Date of publication: 24.02.2016

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