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Our loss is so grave

The Executive Council of the International Organization of Folk Art mourns the death of the Secretary-General of the Organization, MARCEL J. OELBRANDT , who passed away of heart attack at 9 pm, Sunday -25 – June -2017. The deceased was one of the most influtial members of the organization and one of the most active persons in the field of folklore. He actively worked on the organization’s...

The First Bishkek Forum of Cultures

From April 26th  to May 2nd this event took place in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgistan. About 50 representatives of cultural organisations from all continents were invited by the city of Bishkek and the International Delphic Committee and the Delphic Committee of Kyrgistan to hold meetings and to discuss the development of international cooperation in the field of culture and folk culture.   The forum provided...

NGO Forum Highlights the Role of Today’s Youth

The president of the International Organization of Folk Art, Ali Khalifa represented the organization at the UNESCO’s NGO Forum 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 3-4. The 2- day forum, titled “Youth and their Social Impact” was a successful event on all levels, from the impeccable organization to the informative talks held throughout the day.

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...

Happy New Year from the members of the Executive Committee

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.

Mario ATZORI: Materiali De Seta da diffondere

International Festival of Documentary Ethnographic dedicated to the famous Italian filmmaker: Vittorio De Seta. Enclosed is the Regulation, the tender and the application form for participation . The selected short or long films will be screened on 24 and 25; The winners will be announced on the 26th.


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