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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.

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Welcome to the Netherlands

Welcome to the Netherlands

Sector Meeting CIOFF® Central and Northern Europe
Fifteen delegates (Czech Republic, Israel, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Austria, Estonia, Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Slovakia and United Kingdom) took part in the meeting of the Central and North European Sector of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts CIOFF®.
During the three days, national delegates discussed the future activity and situation of CIOFF® organisation in our region. There were six different sessions: reports of cultural, festival and legal commissions; information from CIOFF Council action for the last year; our financial situation; the relationship with UNESCO; PR and marketing strategies and preparing for the next General Assembly in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) in November 2022.
‘I'm very grateful for this meeting. After the pandemic restrictions, we had the opportunity to meet again in person. It's a hard time for our organisation; however, I strongly believe that CIOFF® still holds a strong position within worldwide cultural societies.’ - Ms. Susanne Kramer, chair of Central and North European Sector explained.
In addition to administrative work, the delegates had the opportunity to participate in a folk show: "Welkom in Nederland" directed by Guus van Kan. Ninety minutes of dance, music and song created an unforgettable experience, which allowed us to know the culture of the Netherlands better. Eight groups from all parts of Netherland showed the colorful power of folklore.
‘Our intention was to integrate the Netherlands’ groups for one art project - and it worked! I'm so proud of that. Our international guests discovered how diverse our traditions are.’ - Mr. David Ramon Kloosterhuis, CIOFF® Netherlands President explained.

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Date of publication: 02.06.2022

Polish Section of CIOFF with new presidium!

Polish Section of CIOFF with new presidium!

Members and delegates representing more than 100 groups and organizations from Poland elected new authorities during the 15th General Congress of Polish National Section of International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts CIOFF®.
After 30 years of activity Mr. Jerzy Chmiel has become a honorary member of the organization. He was the President of PS CIOFF® (1992-2022) and former vice president of CIOFF® World (1991-2013). New presidium is the next good chapter in the future history of the Polish Section of CIOFF®
The 15th General Congress of PS CIOFF® was held from April 26 to April 28, 2022 at the premises of Polish National Song and Dance Ensemble "Slask" in Koszecin (Silesian Voivodeship). 47 delegates took part in the meeting. During special sessions they settled the terms of future goals of PS CIOFF®.
Polish Section of CIOFF® is one of the most recognizable folklore organization in Poland. We try to protect tangible and intangible heritage of polish dances, music, vocals and handicrafts tradition – Mr. Piotr Szewczyk, newly elected vice-president of PS CIOFF® explains.
Polish CIOFF® has organizational traditions starting from the very beginning of CIOFF® World. Mr. Michal Kosinski from Poland was one of the founders of the organization and the country was in the team of 11 first founder countries.
The new presidium includes:
Jan Losakiewicz - President (Warszawa)
Piotr Szewczyk – Vice-president (Myslenice)
Marcin Bochenek – Vice-president (Biala Podlaska)
Leszek Choluj - Treasurer (Katowice)
Bozena Baranowska - Secretary (Lublin)
Jan Galasinski - Member of the Presidium (Poznan)
Poland organizes 17 CIOFF® International Festivals which have good worldwide opinion. Currently the organization associates 102 folklore groups, 55 experts of regional dances and music, national dances and costumes.
author: Piotr Szewczyk, CIOFF® Poland
Photos: Wojciech Korpusik

Date of publication: 08.05.2022

Best ICH Practices During The Pandemic

Best ICH Practices During The Pandemic

Dear friends all over the world!

As Winston Churchill was working to form the United Nations after WWII, he famously said “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. That is also our plan - to gather the great things in the ICH field that have been done during the pandemic.

People sent in examples of best ICH practices during the pandemic and we have three presentation days - 27.03 6 pm CET (GMT +1) in French, 10.04 6 pm CET (GMT +1) in English and 24.04 4 pm (GMT -3) in Spanish.

The topics you will hear about:

- sharing, teaching or keeping ICH alive;

- keeping the groups alive;

- organising festivals during the pandemic.

The presentations will be shared on the Facebook page of CIOFF®: https://www.facebook.com/CIOFF.NGO

And later published to the Youtube page of CIOFF®.

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/48ixYLDAL

The events are organized by the Cultural Commission of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF®).

Date of publication: 08.04.2022

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

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Date of publication: 18.12.2021

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