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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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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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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

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

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