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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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CIOFF® AWARDED THE UNESCO ASSOCIATE PARTNER STATUS AS NGO AT THE 38TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF UNESCO IN PARIS

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® EXCO AND COUNCIL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN ZACATECAS FROM 21ST TO 27 FEBRUARY

CIOFF® EXCO and Council Meeting will take place in Zacatecas, Mexico from 21ST to 27th February. Zacatecas is a host city of CIOFF® World Folkloriada 2016, which will take place in August 2016.
During their stay in Mexico the Council Members will also meet with Folkloriada Organising Committee and will visit the site of the Folkloriada 2016. A great meeting id coming up!

Date of publication: 12.02.2016

MR. VASJA SAMEC AWARDED IN THE NATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT BY THE PRESIDENT OF REP. OF SLOVENIA

MR. VASJA SAMEC AWARDED IN THE NATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT BY THE PRESIDENT OF REP. OF SLOVENIA

Great news for the world of Folklore: Mr. Vasja Samec from Maribor, Slovenia, has been decorated with the National Order of Merit by the President of the Republic of Slovenia for his work in the field of folklore all over the country during 50 years. The Official Ceremony took place in the Presidential Palace on 23rd October 2015. Many important persons were present like a Minister of Culture and also members from CIOFF® Slovenia Executive Committee.The Folk group “Student” from Maribor presented a great performance during the Ceremony.
CIOFF® congratulates Ms. Vasja Samec for his important work done during all his life and expresses gratitude for let Slovenian folklore alive for so long time.

Date of publication: 31.10.2015

YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD MET IN PARIS DURING THE 9th UNESCO YOUTH FORUM

YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD MET IN PARIS DURING THE 9th UNESCO YOUTH FORUM

9th UNESCO Youth Forum has been held in Paris from 26th to 28th October 2015. In the Headquarter of UNESCO, young people coming from all over the world met all together to discuss about a very important topic such the Climate Change which is affecting world wide, especially poor sides of the planet.
CIOFF® President, Philippe Beaussant has attended the Forum and he stated that the event has been a great opportunity for youth coming from all over the world to meet each others, to exchange good practices, committing themselves as global citizens, to share ideas which would contribute to a creation of a sustainable planet in the near future.

Date of publication: 31.10.2015

GREAT SUCCESS OF CULTURAL CONFERENCE DURING 45th CIOFF® WORLD CONGRESS IN AREQUIPA

In the historical Hall of the National University of San Augustin, a very interesting Cultural Conference took place during the 45th CIOFF® World Congress and General Assembly in Arequipa on October 15th. The Cultural Conference was divided into 2 parts: the first one was moderated by CIOFF® Representative to UNESCO, Mrs. Magdalena Tovornik. Mr. Philippe Beaussant, CIOFF® President and also Secretary of Liaison Committee NGOs-UNESCO, had a speech concerning the relationship between NGOs and UNESCO and the new cultural plan for the future. Another great speech regarding Intangible Cultural Heritage of Peru and the link to the modern civil society was presented by the Coordinator of Cultural Sector of UNESCO Peruvian Commission who exposed a great PP Presentation to the audience of the Conference.
The second part of the Cultural Conference moderated by Prof. Beatriz Sangoy ,also Chairperson of CIOFF® Cultural Commission, gave to the audience other two unique speeches concerning Intangible Cultural Heritage of Peru: Marinera Dance presented by President of CIOFF® Peru, Mr. Luciano Revoredo and the Q’ero Culture of Cusco Region, still alive traditional Community living not so far from Cusco exposed by Dr. Regis Andrade Oblitas.
We can say that this Cultural Conference would be defined as one of the most memorable and enriching experience for CIOFF®!

Date of publication: 16.10.2015

CIOFF® Representatives awarded as Illustrious Guests in Arequipa

CIOFF® Representatives awarded as Illustrious Guests in Arequipa

Arequipa became the world center of Folklore, as the 45th CIOFF® World Congress was launched. CIOFF® is the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Traditional Arts. Managers of cultural organizations from all the over the world are expected.
On Tuesday 13th October, The Mayor of the city of Arequipa, Dr. Alfredo Zegarra Tejada, delivered a “Declaration of Illustrious Guests” to Mr. Philippe Beaussant, CIOFF® President, Prof. Alcides Hugo Ifran, Vice President for Cultural Affairs of CIOFF®, Mr. Luciano Revoredo, President of National Section of Peru, and the National Delegate of CIOFF® Peru, Mr. Humberto Valdivia Yoplac.
Members of CIOFF® Executive Committee, Mr. Norbert Muller, Vice President for Administrative Affairs; Secretary General, Mrs. Olga Maloney, Mr. Esa Vilhonen, the Treasurer, Members of the CIOFF® Council, Youth Commissions and many National Delegates were also attending the ceremony. Members of CIOFF® Peru who are working hard to organize this great event, welcomed all CIOFF® Guests in the Municipality of Arequipa.
During his vibrant speech, CIOFF® President, Mr. Philippe Beaussant, not only thanked the Mayor for the honorary award but also for support the Municipality is offering to the organizers of the Congress in this welcoming city.
The President of CIOFF® Peru, Mr. Luciano Revoredo, applauded the quick and efficient response of the Mayor to CIOFF® Members when the Municipality accepted the proposal to organize the Congress in Arequipa. In turn, the Mayor expressed his pleasure for CIOFF® decision to organize the annual meeting in Arequipa and showed commitment in continuing to support cultural activities. He also highlighted that the famous event called FESTIDANZA has been taking place in Arequipa for many years.
Let’s point out that the Peruvian National Anthem, and Arequipa’s Anthem were respectively sung with fervor for the opening and the closing of the protocol ceremony. The ceremony finished with a great performance of the typical dance “Montonero Arequipeño”!

Date of publication: 14.10.2015

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