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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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GREAT SUCCESS OF THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF THE LIAISON COMMITTEE OF THE NGO-UNESCO HELD IN QUERETARO – MEXICO -

The 6th Forum of the Liaison Committee of the NGO-UNESCO organized by the Liaison Committee of the NGO-UNESCO, the Government of Queretaro, the Government of the Mexican Republic, CIOFF® and CIOFF® Mexico, took place in Queretaro, Mexico, last week. It was a very interesting meeting in which, our CIOFF® President, Philippe Beaussant, also General Secretary of the Liaison Committee ONG-UNESCO, was the coordinator of all the activities. The meeting was sponsored by the Government of the State and lot of participants coming from all over the world attended the Forum. The main topic was the building of peace. The Forum was opened by the Governor of the Queretaro State, Mr. Francisco Dominguez Servién and all the conferences and speeches were organized in the Congresses Centre of the city. Mr. Erik Falt, General Director of External Public Relations of UNESCO, attended the Forum too. It was a special presence in the Forum. (Display the following...)

 

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OPEN FORUM AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN FIUGGI, ITALY

Today, 9th of October, started with an Open Forum at CIOFF World Congress. Daniele Parbuono, member of CIOFF Italy, based his speech on folklore festivals, its evolution, relation and policies. The speaker stressed out that traditions are part of contemporary world - what we are building today, might be soon a tradition. The listeners gave good examples mainly about teaching the groups and an audience on presented topics and materials, and in finding ways to have relations with UNESCO and local authorities. Hopefully the forum encouraged everybody to think over the aspects that until now have not been working as efficiently as they should.

Date of publication: 09.10.2016

Exciting CIOFF Cultural Conference in Fiuggi, Italy

Exciting CIOFF Cultural Conference in Fiuggi, Italy

On Saturday 8th October, a very interesting CIOFF cultural conference took place. This year was dedicated to the typical sounds of Italy. In the first part the President of Italian Commission of UNESCO had a speech concerning the organization of Ministery of Cultural Affairs in Italy and a little history of that.
In the second part was showed us the spirit of Italian traditional music. It was a pleasure to learn that most of the speakers are youth, dedicated to the study of traditional instruments and italian folk music: idiofonos, drums and organetto.
The speakers demonstrated emotionally how italian typical instruments are played and their skillful playing engaged a lot the audience!

Date of publication: 08.10.2016

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

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