Welcome to IOV World

IOV is a worldwide network of individuals and institutions working to preserve and protect all forms of folk art. IOV is registered as a nonprofit, help tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. IOV headquarters are located in Seattle, pharmacy Washington.

We recognize the urgent need to protect the intangible cultural heritage for ourselves and future generations. In this respect, we support the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The terms “folk art” and “intangible cultural heritage,” as understood by IOV, are expressed in five broad categories, or domains:

  • Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;
  • Performing arts;
  • Social practices, rituals and festive events;
  • Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;
  • Traditional craftsmanship.

To learn more about the intangible cultural heritage, choose from the following topics.  This information is used with permission from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


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