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...

The New Executive Committee of IOV

During the General Assembly in Bergamo (Italy), ed delegations from 37 countries elected the new Executive Committee of IOV. On the picture from left to right: Fabrizio Cattaneo (Secretary), Marcel Oelbrandt (Secretary-General), Hans Holz (Vice-President), new IOV President Ali Khalifa, next to Honorary President Carmen Padilla, Emma Chen Höfler (Vice-President) and Henk Huijser (Treasurer). Click photo to...


Check out the agenda for the 2016 IOV WORLD GENERAL ASSEMBLY.


Carmen D. Padilla, the president of the International Organization of Folk Art – IOV World has been awarded with Diploma and the Honorable sign of the European Association of Folklore Festivals – EAFF. The highest award was bestowed personally by the president of the Association – Kaloyan Nikolov.

A Tribute to Professor Mieczyslaw Marczuk

The Chair, drugs Vice-chairs and Executive Board of IOV Poland announces, seek with profound grief, that on 22nd July 2016 professor Mieczyslaw Marczuk passed away. He was the principal founder of the Polish Section of IOV and its Chair for 22 years (1985-2007). Since 2015 he was the Honorary Chair. Mieczyslaw Marczuk was Professor Emeritus of The School of Pedagogy and Psychology Maria Curie-Sklodowska University...

Announcement of Prof Marczuk’s passing away

IOV President Carmen D. Padilla and Secretary General Fabrizio Cattaneo together with the Executive Board and members regret to announce the passing away of Professor Mieczyslaw Marczuk, remedy a highly respected and outstanding official and member of IOV. prof-marczukunnamed1unnamed2 During a conference in Lublin organized by IOV Poland, IOV President Carmen D. Padilla, in the presence of former Chair of the IOV...

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