History of the Folkloriada


History of the Folkloriada


The International Council of Organizations of Folklore and Traditional Art Festivals - CIOFF®, formed and exists since 1970, is represented by national sections in 102 countries and includes 63 full members (including Russia), 18 associate members, 18 members and 3 partner organization as well as a youth movement. All national sections are geographically grouped into 6 sectors: African, Asian and Pacific, Central and North European, South European, North American, Latin American, and Caribbean. The organization is managed by 18 members of the Council - representatives of national sections of different countries. The supreme governing body is the General Assembly.

         Since 2012, CIOFF® has been UNESCO's accredited partner in the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage and today unites more than 300 international folk art festivals around the world. The main goal of the organization is to preserve and promote traditional culture and folklore.

World Folkloriada is the main event of CIOFF®, which takes place once every four years. The Folkloriada is a kind of the Olympics of folklore creativity, where everything is based on mutual respect, harmony, and communication between the people of the world. During the festival, folk groups from countries and regions closely interact with each other through music, dance, decorative arts and crafts, folk games, and traditions.

         The first Folklore festival was held in 1996 in the Netherlands and united 51 countries. In 1997, the United Nations proclaimed 2000 the International Year for a Culture of Peace, and the second Folklore festival was held under the slogan "Hand in Hand with a Culture of Peace".

Then, in 2000, 50 countries took part in the event in Japan. In 2004, Hungary became the venue of the Folklore festival, bringing together creative teams from 72 countries, the total number of performances reached 228, and the number of viewers - 392,680 people.  In 2008, due to the outbreak of the flu epidemic, China could not become the capital of the Folklore festival. In South Korea, in 2012 Folklore festival teams from 43 countries took part (more than 1,700 participants), the total number of spectators was 670,813, the number of performances was 735. The Fifth World Folklore festival CIOFF® was held in 2016 in the city of Zakotecas in Mexico and gathered representatives from 48 countries of the world.