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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.

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.

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...


The 2016 IOV General Assembly will meet in Bergamo, Italy. Participants should arrive in Bergamo on Nov 10 and depart on Nov 13, 2016.

IOV announces the Fourth IOV World Youth Congress

The Conference Theme is “The Role of Youth in Safeguarding and Transmitting the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Immigrant and Ethnic Communities in Diaspora. "

25th Anniversary of IOV: Report

1979 – 2004 25 years of cultural work for a mutual understanding, view a seasonable maintenance of folk culture and the intangible cultural heritage -against a Culture of Violence – for a Culture of Peace   We look back to 25 years of a purposeful, ask devoted and idealistic work for folk culture and a Culture of Peace, which allows us to follow a way of mutual understanding and love und to live our...

A Taste of Asia Nourishes Body and Soul

A Report on the First Asia Regional Youth Congress By: Vigneswaran Duraragh (Malaysia) “A Taste of Asia,” was the theme of the first IOV Asia youth congress, which took place in Sarawak, Malaysia this past February. The idea to organize youth at a regional level was conceived in the 3rd IOV Youth World Congress Sweden in 2012. Delegates in the congress saw a need for more youth to take part in the discussion...

The 13th European International Scientific Conference of Folk Culture

The Conference was organized by the M. Rylsky Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) Science and Research Commission for Central and Eastern Europe. The scientific chairpersons of the conference were professor Larysa Vakhnina (on behalf of the Rylsky Institute, the chair of Ukrainian section of IOV) and professor Anna Brzozowska-Krajka from Maria Curie-Sk?odowska University in Lublin Poland (the chair of the IOV Science and Research Commission for Central and Eastern Europe).

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