New Issue of Folk Culture Journal

The new issue of Folk Culture journal was released this month. It features a diverse lineup of writers from across the world and includes topics such as: Egyptian Folk Proverbs, Classical Art of Indian Heritage, Rituals of the Algerian City of Tébessa, Moroccan embroidery and many more. The current issue also begins with special spot light on the recent 5th International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) Youth...

President’s Speech at the Opening of the IOV’s World Youth Congress

President’s Speech at the Opening of the IOV’s World Youth Congress in Krakow, Poland July 12-16, 2017   Dear friends, I welcome you to the International Organization of Folk Art’s (IOV’s) World Youth Congress in Krakow, a beautiful city that reminds me of love and friendship. You are in one of the European Union’s leading countries in terms of heritage, civilization, and contributions to...

Report on the 5th IOV Youth Congress – Myslenice Poland

The 5th IOV Youth congress took place in My?lenice, Poland, from July 13- 16, 2017, with 20 participants from countries such as Hungary, Belarus, Vietnam, Bahrain, Syria, Guatemala, Senegal and Austria, at the Malopolska School Of Hospitality. Participants spent a week in a flurry of cultural exchange, teaching one another about stories and aspects of their heritage close to their hearts. Presenters gave away paintings, demonstrated dances and played traditional instruments, while dressed in their country’s national costumes.

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: 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 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.

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