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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.

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.

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...

Acting National Section Chairs

The first step in organizing a national section is identifying the national section chair. Once the new chair has agreed to serve, he or she should obtain legal personality for the new section. In some countries, however, it is very expensive and time consuming to obtain legal personality. To help remedy this, the Board of Directors has approved a procedure which makes it possible to organize national sections in countries where it is too expensive to get legal personality first.

Welcome to IOV World

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:
  • Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;
  • Performing arts;
  • Social practices, rituals and festive events;
  • Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;
  • Traditional craftsmanship.
To learn more about the intangible cultural heritage, choose from the following topics. This information is used with permission from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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