Meeting another person for the first time is a fine experience. You fumble for words, looking for a topic of conversation that both can pick up, while testing each other’s opinions in search of similarities and differences. Meeting one hundred people for the first time in one week is bewildering. There are many topics of conversations to be found, many matters of opinion to be tested. Do you think so? Have I really thought this through? What opinions are important to me? Click the title to read more.read more
Professor Anna Brzozowska-Krajka’s Etnokultura w diasporze. Mi?dzy regionalizmem a amerykanizacj? (Ethnoculture in Diaspora. Between Regionalism and Americanization, Lublin: Maria Curie-Sk?odowska University Press, 2012, pp. 352) is a pioneering monograph in Polish and American cultural studies. It deals with various aspects of functioning of Polish immigrants’ folk culture in the context of American multiculturalism. This monographs is based on its author’s many years of research into the culture of Polish immigrants in the USA –...read more
European conferences of folk culture have formed a tradition within IOV. They have been an excellent forum for discussions on scientific research into European folk cultures, they have also stimulated such research. In this way they have indirectly contributed to protection of intangible cultural heritage. There have been twelve such conferences so far. The first took place in 1989 in Bursa (Turkey), the following ones e.g. in Hungary, France, Belarus, Poland (twice: the 11th and 12th European conferences). The 10th European conference of folk...read more
Roots and Routes of Traditional European Cultures in the Twenty-First Century, is the topic for an international research conference to be held in Sevastopol, Ukraine from June 30 to July 5, 2013. The conference is being organized by the Science and Research Commission of the IOV Central and East European Region; and the M. Rylsky Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The conference meetings will take place within the framework of the International Folkloric Festival and Competition,...read more
Dear IOV members, Greetings! Another year has passed and we have seen the continuing interest of the members in pursuing the visions and goals of IOV through the many activities that were held. We look forward to a more productive 2013. We hope to have increased interest in folk art by the coming in of new members. Allow me to share with you some of the activities held in the past year 2012. In March, in recognition of an outstanding artist, Emma Chen Hoefler, IOV Vice President and Head IOV China, organized an event in which the Chinese...read more
Ali Khalifa, Vice President of IOV for Publications, informs us that he has printed over 10,000 copies of the 2013 IOV Calendar. Each subscriber to Folk Culture, the quarterly publication, will receive a copy of the calendar, as will all IOV members. A calendar will be mailed to you along with the current issue of Folk Culture, so watch for it! Thank you to Ali Khalifa for his generous contribution. 2013 Festival Calendar The 2012 Festival Calendar was mailed to all members in October, 2012. If your membership fees were current, and you did...read more
By Carmen D. Padilla President IOV The International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) has been in existence for 35 years in 2012. In the General Assembly which was held in Volos, Greece in 2007, the presence of the young members inspired the proposal by IOV President Carmen Padilla to initiate the establishment of the IOV Youth. This resulted in the start of a series of Youth Congresses the first of which was hosted by USA in Bountiful, Utah in 2008 under the leadership of Atty. George Frandsen, currently Secretary General of IOV. This was...read more
IOV is a worldwide network of individuals and institutions working to preserve and protect all forms of folk art. IOV is registered as a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. IOV headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington.
We recognize the urgent need to protect the intangible cultural heritage for ourselves and future generations. In this respect, we support the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The terms "folk art" and "intangible cultural heritage," as understood by IOV, are expressed in five broad categories, or domains:
Dear IOV Colleagues, 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...read more
Source: www.unesco.org The term ‘cultural heritage’ has changed content considerably in recent decades, partially owing to the normative instruments developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe of the knowledge and skills to produce...read more