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International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art [FR] [NGO Section Data]
Conseil international des organisations de festivals de folklore et d'arts traditionnels (CIOFF)
Internationale Rat für Organisationen von Folklorefestivals und Volkskunst
Consejo Internacional de Organización de Festivales de Folklore y Arte Tradicional

    Contact Details
    Main address: SG: Olga Maloney, Stockton Business Centre, 70 Brunswick Street, TS18 1DW, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, E-mail: info (at) cioff.org

    URL: Bureau CIOFF à l'UNESCO http://www.cioff.org/

    CIOFF Centre international, dissémination et documentation


    Safeguard, promote and diffuse traditional culture and folklore.
    Official Relations
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)* (Consultative Status).
    Entre Nous - newsletter (2 a year). International Monograph of Folk Dance (1986). Annual Report; index of folklore periodicals; brochures; bulletins; conference papers - all in English, French, Spanish.
    Full - national sections (68); Associate (12); Corresponding (30). Full in 68 countries and territories:

     • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia.

     • Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico*, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.

     • China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan/China, Thailand, United Arab Emirates.

     • New Zealand.

     • Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ukraine.

    Associate in 12 countries and territories:

     • Egypt, Gabon, South Africa.

     • Antigua and Barbuda, Belize.

     • Iran - Islamic Republic of, Pakistan, Palestinian territories, Philippines, Sri Lanka.

     • Polynesia Fr*.

     • Ireland.

    Corresponding in 28 countries and territories:

     • Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia.

     • Anguilla*, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

     • Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Uzbekistan.

     • Austria, Belarus, Cyprus.

    UNESCO NGO Section Data

    Type of Relation with UNESCOConsultative Status
    Admission Date1970
    Reclassification date1997
    Programme sector: EDNo
    Programme sector: SCNo
    Programme sector: SHSNo
    Programme sector: CLTYes
    Programme sector: CIINo
    Programme sector: BSPNo
    Programme sector: AFRNo
    Name and contact details of NGO focal point at UNESCOM. Poussin Georges
    History1970 Creation 1984 Category C 1990 Category B 1996 postpone decision (149 EX/ONG.2) (149 EX/Dec. 7.3) 1997 Formal consultative Relations (151 EX/ONG.2) (151 EX/Dec. 9.2) 2002 Renewal of Formal Consultative Relations (165 EX/ONG.2) (165 EX/Dec. 9.5) 2009 Renewal of formal consultative relations for a new six year period (181 EX/44) (181 EX/Dec.44)
    Contribution to UNESCO's programmes The CIOFF represents a considerable network, which participates in numerous consultations and experts' meetings organized by UNESCO in the domains of the arts, the protection of the traditional and popular culture, the intangible cultural heritage (organization of the world first folkloriades in 1996, important contribution to the UNESCO programme) and for the implementation of the world Decade of cultural development. CIOFF is appreciated of Sectors of Culture and Education, it also played a role in the programme concerning Tchernobyl. Participation in the elaboration, adoption and application of the recommendation on the protection of traditional and popular culture.
    Previous evaluation made by Programme sector concerned 164 EX/ONG/2 (April 2002): CIOFF is a highly motivated and dynamic partner of UNESCO, and has been closely involved in the activities of the Culture Sector. It has taken part on a regular basis in meetings on the intangible heritage, and enjoyed the patronage of UNESCO for the organization of two festivals, held in parallel with its congresses. It has also taken part in activities connected with the Slave Route, the Mediterranean Programme, Culture of Peace, the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People and the Promotion of Crafts. With its relatively balanced geographical distribution, with the exception of the Arab region, which remains under-represented, CIOFF expanded its regional activities during the period under consideration, in particular through the foundation of a CIOFF network in Africa with financial backing from UNESCO. It contributed to the 1995-2000 sexennial report and replied to the consultation on the drafting of document 30C/5. The Culture Sector, with which it mainly cooperates, appreciates this partnership which is essential for the implementation of practical actions to safeguard traditional and folk culture in the world. In addition, it considers that the evolution and diversification of the field of activities of CIOFF underscores the importance of developing its intersectoral cooperation, in particular with ED, SHS and the Africa Department.
    Keywords Africa,Art,Volunteers,Artistic creativity,Culture,Danse,Youth,Music,Peace,Intangible Heritage,Theatre

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