Our Mission is to preserve, protect and promote all forms of folk art and folk culture as elements of the intangible cultural heritage through our network of individual and institutional members.
In 1998, IOV entered into Operational Relations with UNESCO. In recent years, new partnerships have been formed and older ones strengthened:
2010: UNESCO accredits IOV as a Consultant to the
Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of the Intangible
2010: UNESCO identifies 40 IOV experts in the ICH
2011: UNESCO reclassifies IOV to Formal Consultative Relations
2012: IOV enters Special Consultative Relations with The United
Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Our Programs IOV Conferences
IOV sponsors international and national conferences, workshops, seminars and other events designed to inform IOV members and the public about its work to Safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage. In a typical year, IOV conferences are organized in 8 to 10 regions of the world. In addition, national sections meet once a year to elect officers.
IOV Festivals and Exhibitions
IOV sponsors international and national folk dance, music and song festivals, culinary festivals and other festive events. IOV also supports exhibitions of costumes, masks, puppetry, and all types of handicrafts.
IOV has established programs to prepare young people for positions of
leadership in IOV. World youth congresses have been held in Utah, USA (2008); Nanjing, China (2010); and, Tjorn and Stockholm, Sweden (2012).
This website is a way in which IOV brings news to a wider audience. The members are encouraged to printout the news for distribution to the members who are not yet online.
Since the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of IOV in Nanjing China which coincided with the 2nd IOV Youth Congress, the IOV Presidential Council (IOVPC) has done some serious review and evaluation of the workings of the organization. The IOVPC met in the Czech Republic through the kind invitation of IOV Czech Republic and the National Folklore Organization of the country, under the Presidency of Mr. Zdeneck Psenica. more ...