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Happy new 2022 Dear CIOFF friends

Happy new 2022 Dear CIOFF friends

2021 has been an important year within the constant growth of CIOFF, both in the national sections and internationally.
We can be proud that CIOFF's accreditation with UNESCO for the Intangible Cultural Heritage ICH has been renewed for the next 4 years. This accreditation obtained in 2012, renewed every 4 years since then, is committed to the seriousness of CIOFF in promoting the ICH through its network of festivals and folk groups around the world.
The successes obtained both in the VI World Folkloriada in Bashkortostan (Russia), and in the world congress that we lived in Budapest - Hungary, invite us to move forward with hope and strength to continue building a promising present and future. We are aware that we must continue to maintain important care and protection in health matters in order to continue promoting peace through these important events. I am sure that we will continue to advance together with firm and safe steps! Likewise, the designation of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russian Federation as the venue for the first CIOFF Children's Folkloriada in 2024, is a great challenge to which a great success is projected, such as it was for the world Folkloriada of July 2021!
On my behalf and on behalf of the members of the CIOFF World Council, please receive our sincere congratulations for this New Year and a fraternal hug.

Date of publication: 08.01.2022

Philippe Beaussant: accreditation given by UNESCO ICH to CIOFF® for another four years

Philippe Beaussant: accreditation given by UNESCO ICH to CIOFF® for another four years

Renewal of the accreditation given by UNESCO ICH to CIOFF® for another four years.
Announced by the president Philippe Beaussant.
Dear friends from CIOFF
We hope that you are doing well !
You all know that the 16th UNESCO ICH Committee met in Paris from 12 to 18 December;
For CIOFF it was very important to follow this meeting -online- because as you know we asked for the renewal of our accreditation!
we are happy to announce that today UNESCO ICH committee decided to prolong our accreditation for next 4 years.. ( We have it from 2012)
This is a great achievment for our organization and we are sure that our relation with UNESCO will even improve in the future !
Thanks to Magdalena Tovornik and Laura Lopez for their important work in this field and also thanks to those national sections which helped to fullfill the questionnaire !
We will present the whole reports on those meetings to all national sections during our next congress ;
- NGOs ICH Forum meetings and - UNESCO ICH committee meetings
Wishing you all the best ! take care of you !
KInd regards,
Magdalena Tovornik - Philippe Beaussant

> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFNSveS4SDc

Date of publication: 18.12.2021

Traditional Musical Instruments, sharing experiences from the field

Traditional Musical Instruments, sharing experiences from the field

The ICH-NGO Forum has launched the new edition of the Live Heritage Series, this time on traditional musical instruments. CIOFF® is present again with an article about furruco and cirrampla instruments in Colombia, which you can read in link below.

Eivind Falk, Editor-In-Chief – #HeritageAlive:

The #HeritageAlive in cooperation with ICHCAP, are proud to present our new publication, a new book in the Living Heritage Series – Traditional Musical Instruments: Sharing Experiences from the field.

#HeritageAlive is one of the ICH NGO Forum’s many wonderful activities. First time #HeritageAlive joined forces with ICHCAP, was the publication of Traditional Medicine in 2017, and in 2019 we made a book on traditional food. This book, with the topic Traditional musical instruments, was made with contributions of fifteen writers, representing different NGOs, from countries across the globe. The authors describe the current status of traditional musical traditions and provide insight in safeguarding activities of these traditions in the spirit of the 2003 Convention. The main project has been to share safeguarding experiences, methodology and activities, among us who are working in the field, with the communities concerned, craftsmen, musicians, bearers and practitioners.

Nevertheless we considered that it would be almost impossible to give a fair impression for understanding the musical instruments from text only. We wanted to listen to the sound of the musical instruments, in order to get a better and more fair impression. Therefor we decided to add a playlist, made available online. In this way, we can listen to sample of music referring to each chapter. The book is available for downloading as a pdf, or can be ordered as a hard copy from ICHCAP.

Let me thank the authors for their wonderful contributions, the musicians that have contributed to our playlist, the always hardworking editorial board, in particular Antoine Gauthier, and our great colleagues at ICHCAP, Seong-Yong Park and his team, which has made this publication possible. Thanks a lot!
Eivind Falk
(Editor-In-Chief – #HeritageAlive)

> Traditional Musical Instruments, sharing experiences from the field

Date of publication: 18.12.2021

A summary of the cultural conference in CIOFF® world Congress

A summary of the cultural conference in CIOFF® world Congress

Here by the topics of Cultural conference in CIOFF® world congress: Written by Monika Tomingas:

1) UNESCO practical work on the promotion of an item. Procedure in practice.

2) Introduction of the „Busójárás”. The „busójárás” (in Croatian: pohod bušara [1]) is a spring-like, winter-ending folk tradition of the mostly Roman Catholic Southern Slavs in Mohács and its surroundings, the carnival mask formation and dramatic folk tradition of the „sokác” [2], also known as the „poklade” which is the Croatian equivalent of the word. [3] The Mohács „busójárás” has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage List since 2009. Since 2012, the Mohács „busójárás” has been considered as a Hungaricum, which has been a major success for Mohács civil society, „busó” groups, masquerade and costume makers. Of course, we will show this tradition in live.

3) „Matyó” embroidery: „Matyó” people are distinguished from their surroundings by the mid-19th century, primarily through their colorful costume and rich color embroidery culture. In the beginning, the sheets were decorated then sleeves and aprons. Originally, only red, blue, yellow, green and black yarn were used, but later the shades of purple and other shades of the used colors appeared. The most well-known motifs are „matyó”rose, heart rose, oak rose, cipe (shoes), bird and cat tail (snail line), but tulip leaves and buds are also seen on „Matyó” embroidery. During the presentation we also show folk costumes, dance and music.

4) Falconry
Falconry is strictly speaking hunting with birds of prey. In the broader sense it is a way of life, a community in which this form of hunting is the focal point.
This culture requires a love of nature and birds of prey, hunting expertise, as well as skill in training, breeding and rearing the birds. It also includes the knowledge of making and the use of traditional falconry equipment, exploration and research of falconry history, promoting and preserving the heritage, a shaping of mentality as well as teaching and transmission of the art. People involved in falconry also organize events and occasions for falconry, involving and strengthening the cohesion of local communities and raising awareness regarding the culture at such events domestically and abroad. The tradition of falconry is thousands of years old and existed throughout a major portion of Eurasia. Hungarian falconry stems from this heritage and has become an integral part of Hungarian traditional culture and pervaded her history. During the height of falconry in the country from the 11th -17th century it also became an organic part of Hungarian national identity. Since that time the tradition has dwindled considerably in Hungary and throughout Europe, but the traditional knowledge associated with falconry lives on in localized communities and is gradually gaining popularity.

5) Blue-Dyeing Tradition in Hungary
The spread of the craft of blue dye in Europe relates to the Flemish, who were maintaining this craft from the 8th century. The earliest craftmanship of blue dye was formed in Vienna in 1208. The first working partnership began in Hungary with the cooperation of the cities: Locse, Eperjes, Igló and Késmárk. In the second half of the 18th century were too many employees in the textiles and craft of tinctorial came into existence in the territory near to the Western part of Hungary. Individual wanders and families settle down raising the numbers of those involved in the craft of tinctorials in Hungary. This is how the ancestors of Kluge family from Sorau, Saxony, continued the craft which took place over seven generations. In the middle of the 18th century the textile printing instruments used pigment and pickle squeezing, allowing the painters used the woad to produce the colour blue. However the carbon was already known in the middle ages, spreaded only after the beginning of the ongoing importing. One specialized branch of the blue dye craft, came about from the end of the 18th century, means the special process of the stanchion printing and textilepainting with carbon. From the 20th century beside painting with carbon appeared the synthetic carbon with better quality, the so-called „indantren”, and connection to that the stanchion printing spreaded. Both technology are presented in the limited workshops of blue dye craft in Hungary

6) The „dance house” teaching method as a best practice on the UNESCO World List. As a best practice, this method deserves the honorable title. This is what we would like to show you.

The lady next to Monika on the photo was painting the „Matyó” embroidery on the canvas on the stage for the whole conference.

Date of publication: 12.11.2021

Monika Tominigas in the Cultural Conference of CIOFF® in Szhazhalombatta, Hungary.

Monika Tominigas in the Cultural Conference of CIOFF® in Szhazhalombatta, Hungary.

Good morning everyone!

I would like to greet all of you in the Cultural Conference of CIOFF® in Szhazhalombatta, Hungary.

In those disturbing and confusing times it has been asked what role does culture play in our lives and what is the benefit of culture - I believe that culture is one of the only things that keeps us sane and still gives us a way of escape where light cannot be seen at the end of the tunnel. The actor Wendell Pierce has said that “The role of culture is that it’s the form through which we as a society reflect on who we are, where we’ve been, where we hope to be”. I hope that culture will be the force to thrive us through these troubling times and bring us brighter ones.

The mission of CIOFF® is still actual to all of us and remains the same - to promote, present and protect Intangible Cultural Heritage, to develop cultural dialogue all over the world and respect cultural differences in order to guarantee peace all over the world. As one of the goals in the strategy of CIOFF is to strengthen the role of Intangible Cultural Heritage, as a factor in bringing human beings closer together and ensuring understanding among them, then today we have a spectacular possibility to learn about the ICH of Hungary. CIOFF Hungary has prepared many interesting presentations for us today and we will be hearing many practices of preserving ICH in Hungary and these phenomenon can also be found on the ICH list of UNESCO.

Coming back to the question how can humanity benefit from culture and it’s diversity, I would like to end with a thought by Robert Alan: “Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity”.

I wish all of you an inspiring day!

Monika Tomingas
Chairwoman of the Cultural Commission

Date of publication: 12.11.2021

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