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 members, we can share information about our events and make them part of our folk culture and folk art. This web-site is the right place to show how important and unique these projects are. In addition, the availability of information about such a variety of festivals is feasible both for our groups and for us as a tool to monitor the goals we set and achieve.
Therefore, it is very important that you provide as much visual information as possible (of good quality) including photos, links, URLs and up-to-date contact details.
Only IOV members, who have paid their membership fees can log in to get access to all the information about the festivals and events.
We invite you to register as a member of IOV, be part of the big IOV family that aims to preserve, protect and promote the folklore traditions and the heritage of each and every member’s culture.
If you organize or you are part of a festival, please fill in this application form.
In the near future, I would like to have a new column on folk art and folk culture opened where groups will have the opportunity to share information about their experience and activities in the field of folk arts and folk culture, with reference to dancing, costumes, singing, food, handicrafts etc., obtained in their countries and all over the world. In this way, the readers and participants in this forum could benefit from gaining first-hand information and knowledge of other members’ culture and tradition.
This kind of information will let us keep an ongoing direct communication amongst us. We will get to know each other better by way of the shared visual materials. Thus, the next meetings that we will be attending can be made more efficient.
As a next step, I can see the creating of a new platform for exchange of information and ideas, a new on-line forum where we can all take part in discussions and sharing information about our goals and groups. Such a forum could make it easier for us to stay in touch.
I also hope that a congress will be organized, which will focus on the outstanding issues of the festivals and will provide more opportunities for us to get to know each other better, share know-how on event management, fund raising and other matters of practical importance.
It will be my pleasure to get a feedback from each and every one of you about how we may improve and further develop our IOV organization.
Fabrizio Cattaneo – IOV Acting Secretary General