About the 6th world Folklore festival CIOFF®


about the VI World Folklore festival CIOFF®


         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 Folklore Festival is the main event of CIOFF®, which takes place once every four years. Folklore festival is a kind of Olympiad of folklore creativity, where everything is based on mutual respect, harmony and communication between the peoples of the world. For 14 days, folklore groups of 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 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.

         According to the regulations on Folklore festival adopted by the General Assembly CIOFF ®, the host country of the event provides accommodation, meals, transfers within the country and the region in which the event takes place.

Mandatory terms are also:

- the presence of one free day of rest for the period of the event;

- the duration of travel from places of residence to places of performance should not exceed two hours one way;

- All venues must be provided with technical equipment, dressing rooms, medical personnel on duty, law enforcement, bottled drinking water.

         Participants of the VI World  Folklore festival of CIOFF® pay for the international flight to the city of Moscow (or to Ufa if possible) and vice versa, visa and consular fees, excess baggage, transportation of musical instruments. All participants of the VI World Folklore festival of CIOFF® must have medical insurance valid for the entire period of the event.

         The composition of the delegation from each country should not exceed 35 people aged 16 to 80 years, including:

- 1 National Delegate of CIOFF®;

- 1 representative of the youth movement of CIOFF®;

- 1 director of the selected group;

- 2 masters of DPI;

- dancers and musicians.

The creative team from each country should prepare:

- 5-minute program for performing on the main stage;

- 30-minute concert program for performances in the municipalities of the Republic of Bashkortostan during the festival program;

- 15-30 second dance element, performed during stops at street parades.

         A prerequisite is the presence of live accompaniment, the use of phonograms is not allowed.