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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...

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.

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.

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...

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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Star of Hope

To IOV members all over the world, click in behalf of the officers and members of the IOV Board, find I wish you all the best this season. May there be peace and goodwill among all peoples of the world. – Carmen This was painted by a Filipino lady artist, Madonna Limcaco Uhland, to portray a boy who is looking at the star, a symbol of hope, after the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyang in the...

President’s Message to IOV Members

The three decades and a half since the founding of IOV by Alexander Veigl has proven that this organization is here to stay. Members and officers have come and gone but the institution has continued in full steam thanks to many members who have cooperated and sustained the activities in their respective countries. It is time to review the purpose and the objectives for which IOV was established.

A Tribute to Artist Salah El Mahdi

Salah El Mahdi passed away on September 12th, 2014. A Tunisian musicologist, conductor, composer, flautist, music critic and judge, Salah’s friends and students called him ‘Ziryab’ after the famous Muslim singer and composer.

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