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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® World Congress in Bautzen, Germany hosts 200 from 54 Countries

Over 200 participants from 54 countries met in Bautzen, Germany for the CIOFF® World Congress October 16 – 26, 2014. 30 young people from 26 countries also spent several days meeting in the 6th CIOFF® Youth Forum, in Bautzen, as part of the World Congress. Participants included folklore festival directors, university professors, performers, NGO members and other cultural leaders, who share two important things: all are passionate about preserving the world’s cultures and all are volunteers. These cultural professionals actively worked during the week long Congress to help preserve intangible cultural heritage throughout the world. (Display the following...)


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Candidacy of CIOFF® President to the Presidency of UNESCO International Conference of NGOs

Candidacy of CIOFF® President to the Presidency of UNESCO International Conference of NGOs

Dear Colleagues from UNESCO NGO partners,
I am honored to present my candidature for the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Presidency.
Over the last few years, as part of my activities within CIOFF® (International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts), I have had the opportunity to watch the collective work of partner NGOs as well as that of the UNESCO. During the last twelve months, the participation in the preparation of the Forum on the Role of Youth in the Safeguarding of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage, and then in the Forum itself, allowed me to become actively involved in collective work with NGOs and the UNESCO and gave me the motivation to contribute more significantly to this through the Liaison Committee.
It was not only the collective work within the preparation group but also the energy that emanated from the participant NGOs that encouraged me to look further and motivates me to become more deeply involved in order to work together and to continue the dynamic work of the last two years by President Patrick Gallaud and the members of the Liaison Committee.
I am lucky to live my passion while practicing my profession. I have built my active life in an NGO whose activity fascinates me. I am 48 years old, I live in Paris, and I am the current director of the International Festival “Crossed Cultures in Île de France” and President of CIOFF®, official partner NGO of UNESCO.
With this enthusiasm and thanks to CIOFF®, I would like to highlight my international experiences within a network of more than 110 countries which strive for cultural diversity and for a dialogue of peace and tolerance throughout the world.
I would like to see an even more active Liaison Committee, able to represent all the NGOs and to mobilize the force of all our NGOs for the years to come. The work has already been initiated by the Liaison Committee and by its current President in order to give a greater visibility to the NGOs, we must follow this path to highlight the importance of the work of the NGOs and to ensure that UNESCO values our work and our contribution since without the NGOs and civil society, it will be difficult to establish strong connections from the grassroots level.
The activities of the NGO Liaison Committee should be in acquaintance with the priorities of the UNESO and cover the spectrum of all of the activities of the members of the NGOs in order to reflect of the true problems in current civil society and all over the world.
We should work even more with the UNESCO National Commissions in favor of the Liaison Committee and the coordination of a collective work of the NGOs.
I therefore commit to all that, you can count on my force of conviction, my vitality and my sense of team work for all our NGOs to be represented as well as possible within UNESCO for an even more important and efficient partnership.
Thank you for your trust!
I hope to see you all on next December 15, 16 and 17.
Best wishes,
Philippe Beaussant
President of CIOFF®

Date of publication: 11.12.2014

45th CIOFF® World Congress 2015

45th CIOFF® World Congress 2015

45th CIOFF® World Congress and to host Delegates from more than 100 Countries in Arequipa , Peru, October 10 – 18, 2015

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Date of publication: 05.12.2014

44th CIOFF® World Congress and 6th Youth Forum to host Delegates from 100 Countries in Bautzen, Germany, October 16 – 26, 2014

44th CIOFF® World Congress and 6th Youth Forum to host Delegates from 100 Countries  in Bautzen, Germany, October 16 – 26, 2014

The 44th CIOFF® annual World Congress and 6th Youth Forum will be held in Bautzen, Germany,
October 16 – 26, 2014. Organizers expect about 200 people representing 100 member countries to attend, with delegates traveling from far away to this historic city, located in Eastern Germany near Dresden. The 44th CIOFF® World Congress is hosted by CIOFF® Germany, led by President Mr. Norbert Mueller, in collaboration with the city of Bautzen, and CIOFF® members: Domowina, Sorbisches National Ensemble and Sorbische Volkstanzgruppe Schmerlitz.

Since 2012, CIOFF® has been working in Official Partnership with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and is accredited to provide advisory service to the Committee of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. UNESCO Director General Ms. Irina Bokova emphasized during the 2012 CIOFF® World Congress in Paris that “UNESCO and CIOFF® share the same goal: to promote the diversity of cultural expressions and raise the potential for human development.”

This CIOFF® World Congress continues the work to safeguard intangible cultural heritage all over the world. These once yearly assemblies are also celebrations of diversity and tolerance. A very important component of the World Congress is the 6th CIOFF® Youth Forum which will take place simultaneously at the Youth Hostel Gerberbastei, also in Bautzen. More than 30 youth members are expected to participate from as many countries.

The Congress, the CIOFF® Cultural Conference and the concluding evening event will take place in the German-Sorbian Volkstheater. Other meetings and events such as Council Meeting, the meetings of the CIOFF® Sectors, Commissions and Committees will take place at Serbski Dom.

Founded in 1970, CIOFF® is now represented in over 100 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 The 44th CIOFF® annual World Congress and 6th Youth Forum, please visit http://2014.cioff.de/index.php/en/. To learn more about the work of CIOFF ® please visit www.cioff.org or email: info@cioff.org.

Date of publication: 10.09.2014

Spring EXCO and Council Meetings in San Jose, Costa Rica

CIOFF® EXCO and Council meetings will take place in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 23 - 30, 2014. Hosted by CIOFF® Costa Rica and organized by Hans Leiton Guitierrez, the meeting has received official recognition by the President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla Miranda. Costa Rica Minister of Culture, Manuel Obregon, has also pledged support. That the government of the Republic of Costa Rica endorses and supports CIOFF® is an indication of the good work of CIOFF® Costa Rica and is a great achievement!

Date of publication: 10.03.2014

New CIOFF® Officers Elected During 2013 World Congress

New CIOFF® Officers Elected During 2013 World Congress

Important outcomes from the CIOFF ® General Assembly in Zacatecas included elections of new officers. The following officers were elected: President Philippe Beaussant (France), Secretary General Olga Maloney (United Kingdom) and Vice President for Administration, Norbert Mueller (Germany) were newly elected. Vice President of Culture, Professor Alcides Hugo Ifran (Argentina) and Treasurer Esa Vilhonen (Finland) were re-elected. Beatriz Sangoy (Argentina) was elected as Chair of the Cultural Commission, Namyong Kim (South Korea) was elected as Chair of the Festivals Commission, and Karen Babcock (USA) was elected Chair of the Communications and Public Relations Commission.

Participants from 60 countries were treated to performances of Mexican Mariachi bands and dancers, including a special “fashion” show of traditional dress styles worn throughout the regions of Mexico. Attendees also enjoyed tours of this UNESCO World Heritage city and museums of Zacatecas as well as Day of the Dead celebrations.

Date of publication: 30.11.2013

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