Science & Research Commission

Science & Research Commission

What does the Commission do?

The Scientific and Research Commission is studying Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and produces documents and publications about it.
ICH is a core task in IOV, because on this basis, IOV is accredited by Unesco to advise the Intergovernmental Committee.

Science & Research Commission Chair
Mohammed El Nouiri
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The members of the commission are:

Regional Commission Chair 

MOROCCO – National Commission Chair 

SENEGAL – National Commission Chair 

SIERRA LEONE – National Commission Chair 

Regional Commission Chair

ARGENTINA – National Commission Chair 

BOLIVIA – National Commission Chair 

BRAZIL– National Commission Chair

COSTA RICA – National Commission Chair 

GUAM/USA – National Commission Chair 

MEXICO – National Commission Chair 

PUERTO RICO– National Commission Chair 

Regional Commission Chair

– National Commission Chair 

CHINA – National Commission Chair

INDIA – National Commission Chair 

JAPAN – National Commission Chair 

MONGOLIA – National Commission Chair

Regional Commission Chair

Anna Brzozowska-Krajka 
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ARMENIA – National Commission Chair  

AUSTRIA – National Commission Chair

AZERBAIJAN – National Commission Chair

BELGIUM – National Commission Chair 

CYPRUS – National Commission Chair 

CZECH REPUBLIC – National Commission Chair 

FINLAND – National Commission Chair

FRANCE – National Commission Chair

GEORGIA – National Commission Chair

GREECE – National Commission Chair 

HUNGARY – National Commission Chair

ITALIA – National Commission Chair 
Letizia Bindi
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LATVIA – National Commission Chair

– National Commission Chair 
Anna Brzozowska-Krajka
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– National Commission Chair

RUSSIA – National Commission Chair

SLOVAKIA – National Commission Chair

SPAIN – National Commission Chair

TURKEY – National Commission Chair

THE NETHERLANDS – National Commission Chair

– National Commission Chair 
Sviatoslav Ovcharenko
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Regional Commission Chair

BAHRAIN – National Commission Chair 

SAUDI ARABIA – National Commission Chair 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – National Commission Chair 


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Our organization sponsors multi-national conferences, workshops, seminars and other events designed to inform IOV members and the public about our work to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage. 

In a typical year, IOV conferences are organized in 8-10 regions of the world. 

In addition, national selections meet once a year to elect officers. 

1st IOV World Congress on Folk Culture
Gorizia (Italy)

1. The contribution of folk culture to peace and understanding among people. 

2. The present state of culture and art in all countries of the world and their prospects until the year 2000. There was also a discussion on “The programme of the IOV Commission for Science in view of the World Decade for Cultural Development.” 

2nd World Congress on Folk Culture
Mödling (Austria)

1. Contemporary threats to folklore and the future of folk culture, Tolerance and folk art and Folk culture and nationalism, fascism, colonialism and peace. 

3rd World Congress on Folk Culture
Andong (South Korea)

1. The culture of peace on the way into the 3rd millennium, a contribution to the future with humanitarianism, friendship and peace. 

2. The culture of peace for all indigenous peoples and all forgotten peoples of the world. 

3. Dance, songs, music, arts and crafts as contributions to the culture of peace for everyone in this world, irrespective of race, language, gender or religion. 

4. Economy and cultural activities – incompatible opposites or harmoniously complementing one another, their contribution to the culture of peace. 

5. Cultural diversity – cultural uniformity: their contribution to the culture of peace. 

6. Folk culture and folklore – have they always been partners for the culture of peace and non-violence? 

7. Cultural tourism and folk culture – are they opposites or can they be partners on the common way to the culture of peace? 

8. A vivid and active folk culture is a clear manifest against the culture of violence and war, for the culture of non-violence, tolerance and peace for all peoples of the world. 

9. The culture of peace and non-violence for women and children in all countries of the world. 

10. Each individual is obliged to take an active part in the process of equality which is expected to meet the present and future generations’ requirements regarding development and environment. 

11. Articles, reports and results of national and international projects within 2000 – International year for the culture of peace and 2001 to 2010 – International decades for the culture of peace and non-violence for all children of the world, already carried out or still at the planning stage. 

4th IOV World Congress on Folk Culture and General Assembly
Athens and Volos (Greece)

The subject was: Cultural dialogue in the context of globalization

1. Cultural bodies, activities and maintenance of cultural identity within globalization processes. 

2. Functions of art, impacts of globalization. 

3. The transition from the rural into the urban environment and its effects on traditional culture. 

4. Cultural change and maintenance of traditional values. 

5. Cultural values within the globalization and integration processes. 

6. Educational and pedagogical values of traditional culture. 

5th IOV World Congress on Folk Culture in conjunction with the 7th International Festival of Traditional Music “Sounds of Eurasia”
Ulan Ude (Buryatia, The Russian Federation)

Its subject was: Musical creativity as a factor in the development of intercultural dialogue. 

6th IOV World Congress on Folk Culture
Sharjah International Scientific Conference
“Folk Culture: The Present and Future Pathways”
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2019 April 01-04

The conference topics were: the dimensions of the relationship between folk culture and the effects of modern life. How can this form of culture stay relevant in the minds of people, regardless of the new methods of communication, the technological revolution and many other challenges? What will be left of folk culture and what will change? Furthermore, how will this look like in everyday life? And what e-ect will these changes have on creative pursuits (literature, theatre, cinema, video games, etc…). 


IOV European Scientific Conferences have constituted a very significant realm of activities in the past 30 years of history of our organization. They were of great scientific and educational value; they have also strengthened integration of members of our organization. 

The participants of these conferences have come from countries of the east and of the west, of the north and of the south to discuss and get to know the specific nature of various European cultures as well as their connections with non-European cultures, the features that are common to all, many or a few of them (cultural universals), and those which are particular to each culture (cultural specificity).

This mode of co-operation is especially appropriate for our organization, IOV, which accomplishes the ideological principles of UNESCO: to build mutual understanding and peaceful co-operation of nations, and thus to overcome all barriers and divisions among them – political, economic, racial, religious, and others.

In the last over 30 years of IOV activity in Central and Eastern Europe thirteen European scientific conferences of folk culture have been organized. 



“Future of European cultural heritage”
1st conference

Bursa (Turkey)
June 1989


“The role of folk culture in creating the common European home”
2nd conference

Novgorod (Russia)
June 1990


“Threats to folk culture”
3rd conference

Sarvar (Hungary)
April 1992


“Cultural identity of ethnic minorities in unifying Europe – chances for safeguarding and threats”
4th conference
August 1994


“Condition of folk culture on the threshold of the third millennium”
5th conference

Mautendorf (Austria)
April 1996


“Threats to folk culture in the process of European integration”
6th conference

Minsk (Belarus)
September 1997


“Folk culture and tourism”
7th conference

Nicosia (Cyprus)
September 1998


Chances for folk culture in the process of European integration”
8th conference

Bucharest, Sibiu and Deva (Romania)
August 1999


“Folk culture and tourism and their contribution to the culture of peace”
9th conference

Colmar (France)
July 2000


Europe of nations and folk cultures”
10th conference

Vienna (Austria), Trenčanske Teplice (Slovakia) and Sarvar (Hungary. It was the first European conference across borders: it took place in three neighboring countries in Central Europe.
May 2002


“The universal values and national distinctness of traditional European cultures”
11th conference

Lublin and Kazimierz Dolny (Poland)
June 2004


“Folk culture as a source of national symbols in times of globalization”
12th conference

Lublin (Poland)
June 2010


“Roots and routes of traditional European cultures in XXI century”
13th conference

Kiev and Sevastopol (Ukraine)
July 2013


“Between folk culture and global culture in contemporary Europe”
14th conference

Andorf (Austria)
November 2017
Click here to read or download the italian version of the report.   


All these conferences presented scientific research motivated by strong and genuine interest in folk culture per se, without any ideology or politics.
They have created a meaningful tradition and a high standard

They were strongly supported by the late founder and long-time Secretary General of our organization, Mr. Alexander Veigl from Austria (the original seat of our organization), and the long-time chair of the IOV World Commission for Science and Research, professor Mieczysław Marczuk from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Poland).

The common denominator of all these conferences was the category of cultural tradition understood as the heritage of the past, as a set of axiological codes which determine the identity of European nations and the tendencies of their change in the present world, including the tendency towards erasing differences among various cultures.


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IOV is a membership organization open to organizations and individuals regardless of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, physical impairment, national or ethnic origin, or age. Upon submission of a membership application and the first year’s fees, provisional membership is granted.

Full membership is conferred following the annual meeting of the board of directors, after which members will receive a membership card and certificate. Members of IOV are automatically enrolled as members of their IOV National Sections. 

All members of IOV have a right to:

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• Serve as a consultant to UNESCO and other international cultural bodies and commissions.

• A membership directory, updated annually.

• Opportunities to attend and participate in national conferences, the annual IOV National Sections Meeting, international events, festivals and conferences either free of charge or at a substantially reduced cost.

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• Access new avenues that may help them publish research and scholarly papers by web site or book.

• Reduced rates on IOV and some UNESCO publications.

In addition, your confirmed membership makes you part of a worldwide network of more members in many countries.

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• Contact with people and organizations with common interests and professional pursuits, thus providing opportunities for exchanges of information.

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• Opportunities to participate in IOV and UNESCO conferences and other events where IOV members and colleagues present their work

• Access to the IOV web site where information about IOV activities and events are posted.

• Assistance in realizing participation in a chain of more festivals for groups from other continents.

• Promoting the festivals in the WEB-festival calendar of IOV.

• Recommendation of Folk Art groups to Festival organizers.

• Assistance for festival organizers to find ‘last-minute groups’ in case of a canceling.

• Promoting the Folk Art Groups with their specific National Folk Art programs at our WEB-site.

• Possibility for publishing articles about ICH at the WEB-site.

• Possibility for introducing intangible heritage activities at the WEB-site.

• Possibility for sharing information of National Sections on our WEB-site.

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Small folk art groups, instrumental or vocal ensembles with 8 members or less

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Folk art groups with more than 8 members, organizations, associations, clubs, dance groups


Craftsmen, artists, traditional crafts, cooks of ancient flavors, ethnic crafts, players of ancient traditional games, experts in traditional games, lovers of battles and historical reenactments, sorcerers and experts in empirical medicine and medicinal herbs, actively participate in the research, protection and conservation of culture and popular heritage.


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    Festivals and groups must communicate promptly and professionally.
    Exchanging of all necessary information is the base for a professional organization.

    If possible, an application form should be used by the groups.
    Festival organizers offer such form after a request by groups or have it on the website of the festival.
    The application form has to be clear and must provide all the necessary information about the festival to interested groups.
    Festival organizers must be given a good view of the complete genre of performances by the use of video-information (YouTube-links), pictures, and a list of festivals where they recently have performed.

    * The kind of accommodations (e.g. hostel, hotel, school or host-family), meals, number of performances, duration of the performances, venues, technical abilities of venues.
    * The exact date of arrival for groups and the exact date of departure of the groups.
    * Exact information about the traveling situation during the festival dates. (pick-up from the airport and the return to the airport). The use of transport during the festival days.
    * The possibility of using recorded music during performances. (Yes or No).
    * The offer of pocket-money or other cost-compensations. (Yes or No)
    * The general program of the festival, including the spending of free time and sight-seeing.

    In IOV-festivals normally it’s not usual to ask for money to invited groups.
    In case the groups have to pay for participation, this has to be clarified by the festival organizers from the beginning of communications.

    * The composition of the group. (e.g. average ages of the participants, number of dancers (male/female), musicians, leaders, choreographer(s), translators, drivers).
    * The musical instruments that are used and the need for amplification.
    * The need to ask for VISA for traveling to the country of the festival. (Visa expenses are always in charge of the group).
    * Medical insurance for all group members must be taken out by the group.
    * Information about eventually other festivals where they are going to participate during the same tour.

    * The festival organizer has to communicate clearly about invitations to groups.
    * Selected groups will receive an official invitation for the announced festival. The invitation to groups will be sent at least 120 days before the start of the festival.
    * In unforeseen situations and necessary postponing of a festival it’s necessary to communicate clearly between organizers and groups.
    * The festival organizer will send to the invited groups a clear overview of the preliminary program of the complete festival.
    * The festival organizer has to explain the exact location and expected time of arrival.
    * After the first arrival of groups at the festival location, the organizer will explain to the members of the group about the rules during the festival.
    * The staff of the festival and representatives will be introduced to the group (e.g. guides, translators).
    * A schedule of the performances, locations, and duration will be given to the group leader.
    * The definitive program of the festival will be explained to the members of the group.
    * Information about the availability of first aid will be given to all members.
    * Information about time and locations for rehearsals will be given to the group leader.
    * Information about the use of dressing-rooms, maintenance of costumes, make-up for artists will be given to the group leader.
    * dimensions and surface of stages and technical equipment as amplification, lightning, stage monitors, dress-changes, stage attributes (chairs for musicians, etc.).

    In general, these must be clean, comfortable, quiet, safe, and secure.
    * Accommodations may be hotel, dormitory, school, hostel, or private home.
    * Pictures to be sent by the festival to the group if requested.
    * Bathroom with shower should be provided commensurate with the number of persons to be served.
    * locked sleeping rooms, and cleaned daily.
    * Hot and cold running water.
    * Drinking water provided.
    * Mirror for make-up/shaving.
    * Sufficient electrical outlets.
    * Comfortable beds with sufficient bedding and pillow.
    * Sufficient space for suitcases, hanging clothing, and costumes.
    * Seasonal heat/air-conditioning/ventilation.
    * On-site assistant or guide.
    * Area for socializing outside sleeping quarters

    * The guests should not have to purchase their food.
    * Meals must be provided (3 per day).
    * Food must be sufficient, nourishing, and tasty.
    * Enough drinking water at all accommodations. (including venues of performances)

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