A Tribute to Artist Salah El Mahdi

Salah El Mahdi passed away on September 12th, 2014. A Tunisian musicologist, conductor, composer, flautist, music critic and judge, Salah’s friends and students called him ‘Ziryab’ after the famous Muslim singer and composer.

President’s message to IOV members

The three decades and a half since the founding of IOV by Alexander Veigl has proven that this organization is here to stay. Members and officers have come and gone but the institution has continued in full steam thanks to many members who have cooperated and sustained the activities in their respective countries. It is time to review the purpose and the objectives for which IOV was established.

Bangladeshi Delegates at 1st IOV You...

  The first International Folk Art (IOV) Youth Asia Congress took place from January 20 to 26, 2014 at Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia. The theme of the congress was “Tastes of Asia – A Cultural...

25th Anniversary of IOV: Report

1979 – 2004 25 years of cultural work for a mutual understanding, a seasonable maintenance of folk culture and the intangible cultural heritage -against a Culture of Violence – for a Culture of...

Fourth IOV World Youth Congress

Postponed Until 2015
The International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) Youth Section announces the Fourth IOV World Youth Congress, to be held from June 24-28th, 2014 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. This year’s congress theme is “Cultural Entrepreneurship – A Sustainable Way Forward.” IOV youth congresses are organized once every two years, each time in a different country, on a topic within, or related to, the broader subject area of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Individuals age 18 through 35, who are interested in combining their passion for culture with entrepreneurship are invited to apply.

A Taste of Asia Nourishes Body and S...

A Report on the First Asia Regional Youth Congress By: Vigneswaran Duraragh (Malaysia) “A Taste of Asia,” was the theme of the first IOV Asia youth congress, which took place in Sarawak, Malaysia this...

The 13th European International Sci...

The Conference was organized by the M. Rylsky Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) Science and Research Commission for Central and Eastern Europe. The scientific chairpersons of the conference were professor Larysa Vakhnina (on behalf of the Rylsky Institute, the chair of Ukrainian section of IOV) and professor Anna Brzozowska-Krajka from Maria Curie-Sk?odowska University in Lublin Poland (the chair of the IOV Science and Research Commission for Central and Eastern Europe).

IOV Online Festival Directory

Dear Festival Directors, It is such a great pleasure to get the opportunity to see the visual information of our IOV member festivals and to enjoy the experience these events offer around the world. As...

Acting National Section Chairs

The first step in organizing a national section is identifying the national section chair. Once the new chair has agreed to serve, he or she should obtain legal personality for the new section. In some countries, however, it is very expensive and time consuming to obtain legal personality. To help remedy this, the Board of Directors has approved a procedure which makes it possible to organize national sections in countries where it is too expensive to get legal personality first.

IOV World Youth Congress 2012 Report

Meeting another person for the first time is a fine experience. You fumble for words, looking for a topic of conversation that both can pick up, while testing each other’s opinions in search of similarities and differences. Meeting one hundred people for the first time in one week is bewildering. There are many topics of conversations to be found, many matters of opinion to be tested. Do you think so? Have I really thought this through? What opinions are important to me? Click the title to read more.

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