About IOV

Our Mission

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.

Our Credentials

IOV is in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO.  In 1998, IOV entered into Operational Relations with UNESCO.  Since then, IOV has continuously worked to strengthen its partnerships within the United Nations system.

  • 2010: UNESCO accredits IOV as a Consultant to the  Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • 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 meetings on topics relating folk art, folk culure and traditional cultural heritage. These meetings may serve the purpose of educating the public about the meaning and importance of safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage,  and  IOV’s efforts to do so. Others are designed for academicians and professional folklorists, where the focus will likely be on research and publication.  All conferences have in common the goal of contribiting to the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangile Cultural Heritage.

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 Youth

IOV has established programs to prepare young people for positions of leadership in IOV and other organizations. World youth congresses have been held in Utah, USA (2008); Nanjing, China (2010); and, Tjorn and Stockholm, Sweden (2012).  The next youth congress is planned for 2014 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The following links will provide background information on IOV Structure and  IOV Government.  Biographical and contact information on key people within the IOV network are found in Who’s Who in IOV.

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