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International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts



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® President, Mr. Philippe Beaussant, elected as chairperson of the new NGO-Liaison Committee 2017-2018.

Wonderful news for CIOFF®: our President, Philippe Beaussant, has been elected chairman of NGO-Liaison Committee for 2017-2018 on 13th December 2016 during the 2016 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) which has been held from 12 to 14 December 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The 2016 Conference focused on the theme “The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs” and has been organized around four subthemes: “The digital revolution and its impact on the diversity of cultural expressions”; “The challenge of access to digital information”; “Does e-learning address challenges of education systems worldwide?”; and, “Science and the digital revolution: which ethical implications?”. The Conference has been a key forum in which UNESCO’s official NGO partners met to review the state of cooperation with UNESCO. This year’s Conference has been providing a welcome opportunity to examine collective NGO action carried out in 2015 and 2016, and is adopting the main lines of collective cooperation for 2017-2018. (Display the following...)


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CIOFF® EXCO and Council Meeting in Cori / Italy

CIOFF® Spring EXCO and Council Meetings 2018
Festivals Commission and Cultural Commission Meeting
14th – 21st April 2018
Cori – Italy

This year in Cori, Italy, the

Date of publication: 17.04.2018

REPORT ON THE 39th UNESCO GENERAL Conference, Paris 30.10.-14.11.2017

The 39th UNESCO General Conference took place in Paris, from October 30 to November 14, 2017. Representatives (Heads of States, Governments, Ambassadors) of many UNESCO members delivered their speeches during the first week of the plenary meeting, Director General Irina Bokova answered to all of them on 6 November 2017. This day was also opened to the speeches presented by some NGOs and especially by the President of NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, Philippe Beaussant.

The second part of General Conference was mainly dedicated to the meetings of all UNESCO Committees and Commissions, Leader's Forum. NGOs had a special place for their own presentations during the whole General Conference - carefully prepared by NGO –UNESCO Liaison Committee (Philippe Beaussant) and the Secretariat. Day-to-day program was organized – Magdalena Tovornik presented the ICH NGOs Forum work as a new tool for a collective work of many NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, which already improved the cooperation with UNESCO. The visibility of NGOs work was an important achievement of this General Conference.

After finishing 2 mandates of Director General Irina Bokova, General Conference elected Audrey Azoulay (France) as a new UNESCO Director General for next 4 years.

The 39th UNESCO General Conference –GC- was chaired by the Ambassador of Morocco to UNESCO, Mrs. Zouhour Alaoni. As usual this great event included Plenary Sessions, Committees and Commissions meetings, Leader' Forum, NGO meetings and some cultural events. From 25.-26. October the UNESCO Youth Forum took place and the Report of their work was presented during the 39th GA.

CIOFF® has been participating in the GA (partly) for many years. Two important points marked this year at least:

1. NGOs have got their own space –hall Segur – for their presentations, meetings etc. – as a part of the GA (much more important than previous years), organized by NGO – UNESCO Liaison Committee chaired by our president Philippe Beaussant

2. Elections of new Director General of UNESCO

Plenary sessions took place mostly the first week of GA – many members' states representatives took the floor to express their view on the UNESCO work during the last 2 years in their own countries but also the guidelines for the future work of this organization. At the beginning of the second week (November 6) Director General Irina Bokova made a statement in answer to all previous debates. This was also an opportunity for some NGOs to present their Reports and of NGO – UNESCO Liaison Committee report, presented by Philippe Beaussant.

Committees and Commissions of UNESCO held their separate meetings – I assisted the Cultural Committee meetings. An important part of this meeting I consider the Report by the above mentioned Youth Forum : they were quite critical on the present situation in different members' states especially in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage because this field strongly depend on the transfer to young generations....they also presented Recommendations and their priorities for the next 2 years. Many countries (especially from Africa) presented the cooperation with Youth with their respective governments.

Leader's Forum is a platform for Heads of States, Prime ministers and Ministers to discuss global issues – this year was concentrated on the 2003 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 main goals in the fields of UNESCO activities. First also the presence of the President of France was announced but finally he did not participate.

NGOs meetings in hall Segur were definitely the great success of this GA. The whole program was carefully prepared and organized by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and the Secretariat of UNESCO. The space was opened during the whole GA session - many presentations and debates about the work done from the last GA and especially the future plans were discussed. The audience could not be better – the hall was often too small for many NGOs representatives, some Ambassadors of different countries also joint the meeting. For the first time NGOs really got the big visibility – this is extremely important for even better cooperation of civil society and the intergovernmental part of UNESCO.

CIOFF® was very visibly represented all the time: first by permanent presence of Philippe Beaussant and the second week also by Magdalena Tovornik – I presented the work of ICH NGOs Forum which is a unique form of collective work of NGOs official partner of UNESCO. Many NGOs showed an interest in our work.

Elections of half of the members of UNESCO Executive Council took place during each GA session – so, 27 new countries became members of this important body for next 4 years.

Election of the new UNESCO Director General was the most expected act of this GA. The two mandates of Director General Irina Bokova ended and many candidates (mostly from Arabic region) presented their candidature. The first 'act' of elections was done by UNESCO Executive Council meeting given the first place to a French candidate Madame AUDREY AZOULAY, ex minister of culture in France. As it is usually the case, General Conference supported this candidate with great majority. In her speech, the new Director General presented her guidelines for the future work of this great organization not ignoring the big financial problems they have to resolve. She took the office on the 15. November 2017.

Tribute to Irina Bokova was a very special event organized in the evening of the last day of the GA. The biggest UNESCO hall was packed with people who wanted to thank her for the work she did during her two mandates. The videos showed her visits to Iran, Afghanistan, Africa, Asia and other places where she defended the cultural heritage of humanity in danger and showed her great interest to develop education as an important tool for better life of new generations.

Her intense cooperation with United Nations was presented as a very courageous part of her work and of UNESCO visibility in culture, education, science, environment etc.

A very interesting multi - cultural program (music, folklore dances from different continents) marked this special event at the end of 39th UNESCO General Conference 2017.

Date of publication: 13.03.2018

CIOFF® World Folkloriada in Russia / Ufa

CIOFF® World Folkloriada in Russia / Ufa

On February 6, the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an order on the composition of the Organizing Committee for the preparation for the CIOFF® World Folkloriada - 2020 in Ufa. The vice-premier of the Government of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets was appointed as its chairman. The vice-presidents of the Organizing Committee are the Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky and the Head of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov.
The Organizing Committee will have to develop and approve a plan of the main activities for preparation and holding for the festival.
Also, the Organizing Committee will include: First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Science, Education and Culture, Senator Liliya Gumerova from Bashkiria, Mikhail Zakomaldin, Chief Federal Inspector for the Republic of Bashkortostan of the Plenipotentiary Envoy Office of the President of Russia to the Volga Federal District, Deputy Prime Minister Salavat Sagitov, Minister of Culture of Bashkortostan Amina Shafikova and others.
The World Folklore Festival is the largest international festival of traditional culture. The event is held every four years. Ufa was chosen as the venue for the festival in 2020 at the World Congress and the General Assembly of the International Council for the Organization of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF®).

> Signature of Composition of Organizing Committee

Date of publication: 09.02.2018

47th CIOFF® World Congress 2017

47th CIOFF® World Congress 2017

The 47th CIOFF® World Congress 2017 will take place in Tenggarong - Kutai Kartanegara on the Island of Borneo / Indonesia from October 19 to 29.
As in the years before, the CIOFF® World Congress is under the patronage of UNESCO. The Agenda includes amongst others normal formalities. Very important is again the Cultural Conference. During the congress, there will be elections to the Council. Open positions from the Executive Committee are the President, the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs and the Treasurer. The General Assembly will also decide about the Strategy for the next four years.

Date of publication: 31.08.2017


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

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