Our loss is so grave

The Executive Council of the International Organization of Folk Art mourns the death of the Secretary-General of the Organization, MARCEL J. OELBRANDT , who passed away of heart attack at 9 pm, Sunday -25 – June -2017. The deceased was one of the most influtial members of the organization and one of the most active persons in the field of folklore. He actively worked on the organization’s...

The First Bishkek Forum of Cultures

From April 26th  to May 2nd this event took place in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgistan. About 50 representatives of cultural organisations from all continents were invited by the city of Bishkek and the International Delphic Committee and the Delphic Committee of Kyrgistan to hold meetings and to discuss the development of international cooperation in the field of culture and folk culture.   The forum provided...

NGO Forum Highlights the Role of Today’s Youth

The president of the International Organization of Folk Art, Ali Khalifa represented the organization at the UNESCO’s NGO Forum 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 3-4. The 2- day forum, titled “Youth and their Social Impact” was a successful event on all levels, from the impeccable organization to the informative talks held throughout the day.

IOV World has new website!

Since the end of April, IOV World has launched a new website: www.iov.world This new website includes making the website adaptable for smartphones and interacting with the visitors. In addition, he offers the opportunity to introduce multilingualism. The former website of IOV World remains online until the end of June, but you are already referred to www.iov.world Discover our new website and enjoy a beautiful...

New members in the Board of Directors and the Commissions

After the General Assembly last November, the new Executive Committee (EC) members proposed new members for the Board of Directors (BD) and the Commissions.

Fifth IOV World Youth Congress

Dear Friends from around the World, We are happy to inform you that the Fifth International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) World Youth Congress will take place from July 12 to 17, 2017 in Myslenice, Poland. Participants should arrive on July 12 and depart on July 17, 2017. The event is organized by International Folk Meetings Malopolska, The City of Myslenice and Malopolska Region, with the assistance of IOV...

XIV IOV Conference Andorf Austria 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS AND ABSTRACTS. The theme of the scientific part the conference is focused on the category of change based on relationship between authenticity and innovation (degrees of its admissibility by a regional/local community). It concerns in particular the processes of modernization, transformation and attempts at unification (homogenization) of particular national cultures, and especially folk cultures as their component parts – in their intangible dimension (broadly understood folklore, including e-folklore) and tangible dimension. It is hoped that the papers presented will formulate some diagnoses re: contemporary essence of folk cultures in European countries.

ICH conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In fall 2016 has been held the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). Marcel Oelbrandt, Secretary General and Emma Chen Hoefler, Vice President, were present as observer for IOV which as NGO, is an official partner of Unesco.

Happy New Year from the members of the Executive Committee

Merry Christmas to all!

This is a typical scene in the Philippines during Christmas. Families bring their children to church to pray for peace. May peace reign in the world. May IOV be an instrument of peace, love, respect and tolerance of cultures throughout the...

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