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Every folk-art group and handicraft with membership of IOV can put a presentation on this website.

If you would like to present your folk art group, please download and complete this form and sent it to festivals@iov.world.

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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:

• Access information on the IOV website iov.world

• 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.

• A membership certificate.

• 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.

You will also have:

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

• Increased access to resources and expertise as a member of an international NGO in official relations with UNESCO and  ECOSOC.

• 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.

We welcome the people of all nations to join our work.

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We encourage young people up to 35 years of age to actively participate in research, protection and conservation of popular culture and heritage. Students (with legal Student-card) have a discount of 50% Youth members till the age of 35 have a discount of 50%

Individual Member

Folklorist, teacher, scientist, researcher, lover of culture and popular heritage, every single individual who wishes to support the organization with his own personal financial contribution.


IOV Senators are people with a special sensitivity to the research, protection and conservation of popular culture and heritage, and by participating with their financial support they will have particular privileges and honors of philanthropy.

Small Group

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

Larger Group

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.


International Festivals, exhibitions institutes, museums, universities and similar institutions and national authorities (ministries, public institutions)

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In case you want to registrate as a new member of IOV you can follow the next procedure.

If you want to become a member of IOV, click here and you will you see a registration form which you must fill out and at the end click on SUBMIT.
Our office will complete your registration and as soon as we have received your payment of the fees, you will receive a welcome letter, a membership ID, and the official certificate of membership. This gives you entrance to all IOV activities.

In case there is a National section of IOV in your country, please contact them.
You can find the contact-information of National sections at the following page: www.iov.world/organizational-charter/regions-and-national-section/
You are invited to introduce yourself to the National Section of your country and from there you will be guided in the procedure for official registration and payment of fees.

In case there is NO National Section in your country or if you want to have a direct registration as a new member, we offer also the possibility for registration by using the Registration form on this website.

Calculation of your membership fees will be done on base of the GDP table and this means that for a great number of countries there is a high discount.


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First of all, you have to choose the type of subscription and the country you are from in the selection below.
Then press continue and you will see the amount calculated for you.

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Residents of a country with a Gross National Product (GNP) lower then 1000 have a discount of 75%
Residents of a country with a Gross National Product (GNP) between 1000 and 15000 have a discount of 50%
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ITALY – Science & Research Italian Commission Chair

Letizia Bindi

Degree at University of Rome (La Sapienza) –
Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (University of Rome, Palermo and Calabria) (Tutor, Prof. Luigi M. Lombardi Satriani)
Master (DEA) at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)- PARIS (Directeur d’études: Prof. Nicole Loraux)
Visiting Scholar at the Department of Classics and Humanities of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (Tutor: Prof. Giulia Sissa and Prof. Marcel Detienne).

Letizia Bindi teaches Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Tourism and Anthropology of Migrations at University of Molise and Folklore and Popular Traditions at University Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples.
In the past years she has been teaching Cultural Anthropology at University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Sociology faculty), Legal Anthropology at University Suor Orsola Benincasa (Law Faculty) and Ethnology in the same University (Humanities Faculty). At the University of Trieste she has been teaching during four years at the Course of Cross-Cultural Studies.
She teaches also in the School of Visual Ethnography of Rome.
Visiting Scholar at Université de la Picardie (Amiens), Universidad de Valladolid, Universidad de Barcelona, Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad de Valencia.

She is a member of EASA (European Association for Social Anthropology) and of SIEF (Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et Folklore)
Scientific Director of the Centre for Research on “Bio-Cultural Heritage and Local Development” of the University of Molise (Italy) (2015)
Former – member of the Directive Board of AISEA (Italian Association for Ethnoanthropological Studies – AISEA), still member of this Association.
Winner of the Tanturri Foundation – Premio Scanno for ‘Anthropology and Popular Traditions’ in 2009 for the book: “Volatili Misteri. Festa e cittàa Campobasso”, Roma, Armando Editore, 2009.
She is a member of the European Association for Social Anthropology (EASA)
She cooperates with the European Center on Popular Religion – Valladolid University (SPAIN)
She is a member of Teachers Committee of the Ph.D. in Antropological and historico-linguistic studies of the University of Messina and of the International Ph.D. of the Universidad de Sevilla
She is a member, since the foundation, of the Editorial Board of “Voci”. Human Sciences Review, directed by Luigi M. Lombardi Satriani
She is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Review “Folklore Italiano”, Official Publication of FITP, Italian Federation for Popular Traditions.
She is a Member of the Scientific Committee of the FITP, Italian Federation for Popular Traditions.
She was the Scientific Director, 2005/2008, of “Quaderni di Mediazione. Teorie e pratiche di risoluzione alternativa dei conflitti”, a review specialized on cultural and social mediation topics.

Click here to read Letizia Bindi Curriculum Vitae

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COSTA RICA – National Youth Commission Chair

William Jiménez Araya


2020 – actual Coordinador de Cultura y Director de proyecto del Centro Cultural y Restaurante Key Largo
Desarrollo del Plan Anual de trabajo, manejo del cronograma de actividades, contacto con los artistas, control y organización de los eventos, caledarización de los cursos y talleres, coordinación con los docentes, creación de alianzas estratégicas, coordinación con gerencia para modelo de negocio y sostenibilidad, manejo de plan de mercadeo, dirección del proyecto y manejo administrativo.

2018 – 2019 Asistente de Mercadeo y Social Media Planner – Salas Portones y Sistemas Automáticos
Desarrollo del Plan Anual de Mercadeo, planificación y administración de Redes Sociales, creación de contenidos e implementación de promociones, manejo de presupuestos, captación de prospectos online, manejo de imagen  corporativa, diseño de material promocional, coordinación de seguimiento de clientes, emailing, análisis de conversión, presentación de informes, investigación de mercado, análisis de competencia.

2015 – 2018 Secretario Centroamericano – Asociación Mundial de las Artes Escénicas
Formular un plan anual de trabajo integrado para la región, búsqueda de representaciones internacionales y adhesión de nuevos miembros, registro de actas y asociados, búsqueda de relaciones de cooperación con entidades culturales en los diferentes países del área, implementar un plan de comunicación para la identificación de la organización en la región. Personas a cargo 35 delegadosinternacionales.

2011 – 2016 Técnico Judicial – Poder Judicial de Costa Rica
Tramitación de los expedientes judiciales, citas, señalamientos a juicios, resolución de escritos, atención al usuario, manejo y resolución de problemas, manejo de agendas de los jueces.

2007 – 2010 Coordinador de Servicio al Cliente – Teletech, Vodafone
Supervisar, evaluar y controlar el trabajo de 20 agentes de servicio al cliente, elaboración de reportes administrativos, aplicación de reglamento, análisis de métricas y elaboración de estrategias según los resultados, retroalimentación con los agentes de servicio según el trabajo realizado.


2020 Maestría en Diseño, Gestión y Dirección de Proyectos, Universidad Iberoamericana Internacional de Puerto Rico (en curso)

2020 Postgrado en Gestión de Patrimonio cultural Inmaterial – Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina.

2019 Postgrado Internacional de Políticas Culturales y de Base Comunitaria – Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales FLACSO.

2011 Bachillerato en Publicidad – Universidad Hispanoamericana.


2019 Diplomado PM4R en Gestión de Proyectos para el Desarrollo, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

2019 Egresado de la 5ta generación del programa LIDERA, formando jóvenes con liderazgo.

2018 Diplomado en Ventas – Universidad de las Ventas de Costa Rica.

2018 Manejo de la imagen digital básico I – Universidad Creativa.

2018 Community Manager – Asociación Española de Community Manager

2016 Formulación de Proyectos Culturales – Ministerio de Cultura

2015 Marketing y Comunicación Cultural – Universidad de Cádiz y Andalucía.

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ITALY – Chair of Italian Iov Youth Commission

Giovanni Alberti

I’m Italian and I was born in the south of Italy, more precisely in Cosenza. 

I studied at Scientific High School in my small town “Mormanno”, in the Calabria region.
In 2005 I obtained the English language certificate, issued by the University of Cambridge – ESOL Examinations.
I have studied English since I was 8 and now I speak and write English language in professional contexts.
I also speak and write Spanish language, for daily use, keeping good relationships with people.
I learned Spanish travelling around the world and studying this wonderful musical language.
In December 2019, I graduated in Law and in March 2021 I obtained a Master’s in International Relations and Communications.

Involvement with my cultural heritage
I love the traditions and culture of my region including its crafts, uses, foods, clothes and ancient childs’ entertainments. I also adore getting to know and learning about people from different foreign traditions and cultures to the world.
When I was 8, I enrolled as a dancer, in the first minor section of “Miromagnum Folk Group”, that was the first association in my town where I grew up during years.
Miromagnum Folk Group was born in Mormanno (Cs) in 1980, originating a path of studies, protection and conservation about the cultures and traditions of Calabria. 

From 1981 Its members have participated in the most important International Folk Festivals, like Cioff and Igf circuits.

In 2000, I attended the Jubilee with my Group in Rome, and  we sang our traditional songs, in front of the Pope John Paul II and it certainly was my best and the most exciting experience.
In 2004, when I was 15, I was promoted to the major section and since then I have travelled to and participated in the following International Folk Festivals :
• 2019 “Sounds, Colors and Traditions of the World” (Sabac, Serbia) ;
• 2017 “Fétes du Lilas” (Vitry sur Seine, Francia) ;
• 2015 “Kieler Woche” (Kiel, Germania) ;
• 2014 “Nunca Zamfirei” I.G.F. (Bistrita, Romania) ;
• 2012 “Festival Internazionale del Folkore” (Sofia, Bulgaria) ;
• 2011 “Europaisches Folklore Festival” (Bitburg, Germania) ;
• 2010 “Festival Internazionale del Folklore” (Mosca – Volgodonsk, Russia) ;
• 2009 “Festival Internazionale del Folklore” (Nizza, Francia) ;
• 2008 “Festival Internazionale del Folklore” (Palma de Mallorca – Sollèr, Spagna) ;
• 2007 “Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville” C.I.O.F.F. (Drummondville, Canada) ;
• 2006 “Festival Internazionale del Folklore” (Salonicco, Grecia) ;
• 2006 “Danza y Canciones Populares, Folk del Mundo” (Jaèn, Spagna) ;
• 2005 “Centenario della Provincia di Alberta – Calgary Stampede” (Calgary, Canada) ;
• 2005 “Festival Internazionale del Folklore” (Banskà Bystrica, Slovacchia) ;

In November 2017, I became Vice President of my Group, completing many ambitious projects, building international relationships and I’m already thinking about future ideas.
I live and work in Rome (ITA), but I’m constantly updated on my Group’s activities, always participating carefully in every decision and project to be implemented.
This year 2020, Miromagnum Folk Group marks its 40th year of brilliant activity.

In March 2021, the Italian Iov Board of Directors has nominated me Chair of Italian Iov Youth Commission.

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Chair of Polish Section of IOV and Chair of IOV International Commission of Science and Research for Europe

Anna Brzozowska-Krajka

Anna Brzozowska-Krajka is a full professor (Professor Ordinarius) of folklore and theory of culture and literature in Department of Polish Studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Lublin Poland. She has been co-operating with IOV since 1985. She has been a long-time member of The Board of Polish Section of IOV, then its Vice-Chair, and since 2015 she has been the Chair of Polish Section of IOV. Between 2000 and 2004 she was The Chairperson of The International Commission on Science and Research of IOV, earlier (since 1995) she had been Vice-Chairperson of The International Commission on Mythology, Legends, Fairy-tales, Literature, Folk Poetry and Folk Drama. Between 2009 and 2017 she was The Chair of IOV International Commission of Science and Research for Central and Eastern Europe. On the decision of IOV Executive Committee taken in November 2017 this Commission was transformed into IOV Science and Research Commission for Europe, chaired by professor Brzozowska-Krajka. Her scientific interests and research are mainly in the fields of Polish folklore in Slavic contexts, folklorism, Polish-American folklore (its verbal and non-verbal forms). 

She has over 200 scholarly publications, including books authored: Stare i nowe nuty na goralskich geslikach. O wspolczesnej ludowej poezji podhalanskiej [On contemporary folk poetry of the Podhale region], Warszawa: 1989; Symbolika dobowego cyklu powszedniego w polskim folklorze tradycyjnym [Symbolism of diurnal cycle in Polish traditional folklore], Lublin: 1994; Polish Traditional Folklore. The Magic of Time, Boulder – Lublin – New York: 1998; Etnokultura w diasporze: miedzy regionalizmem a amerykanizacja [Ethnoculture in diaspora: between regionalism and Americanization], Lublin: 2012, English version Lublin – New York: 2020; Between Folk Culture and Global Culture in Contemporary Europe, ed. and Introduction, Lublin – The Kingdom of Bahrain: 2019. Some of her articles have been published in international scholarly periodicals abroad: in USA, Russia, Greece, Estonia, Ukraine. She is the author of the first scientific synthesis of Polish folklore published internationally in English in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife, Westport, Conn. – London: 2006.

She has presented her research at many scientific conferences in Poland and abroad, organized by foreign academic centres, and in those organized by IOV: e.g. in USA, Brasil, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Norway, Holland, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, France, China, Hungary, Austria, South Korea. She has co-organized the 11th IOV European conference on folk culture in Poland (Lublin-Kazimierz Dolny: 2004) and was the scientific reviewer of the publication from this conference (The Universal Values and National Distinctness of Traditional European Cultures, Lublin: 2004). She was a member of the organizing committee of IOV 12th European conference on folk culture (Lublin 2010); and a co-organizer of IOV 13th European conference on folk culture, with the Rilsky Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and IOV Ukrainian Section (Kyiv-Sevastopol 2013). She also initiated and co-organized (with IOV Polish Section and IOV Austrian Section) IOV 14th European conference on folk culture (Andorf Austria, November 2017). Together with the late Professor Mieczyslaw Marczuk (the co-founder and long-time Chair of Polish Section IOV and the long-time Chair of IOV International Commission for Science and Research) she created internet page of Polish Section IOV (www.umcs.pl/pl/iov.htm) which has been functioning since 2016 and which she conducts. 

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Hon. Vice Pres . Co-Founder of IOV
National Section Chair IOV Belgium

Etienne Vankeirsbilck

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Etienne is a co-founder of IOV, founded in his hometown Oostrozebeke, Belgium in October 1979. He is retired from his profession and dance ensemble and now devotes his time to IOV. Trough his efforts, many folk dancers and musicians to have had the opportunity to participate in international dance festivals and cultural events. This relations made it possible that a shelter for poor people in Caçapava do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil has been nominated “Pavilhao Etienne Vankeirsbilck” in 2004. Until today this home is sponsored  by Etienne, every year.

Etienne continues to promote international friendship and respect . He has been honored for his work all over the world. Many individuals and festival organizations has benefited from his work and the knowledge he gained from close cooperation with the late IOV  Secretary General, Alexander Veigl, his best friend.

In 2006, in honor of his contributions to IOV and folk art , Etienne was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution   Award by the Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Festival. In 2008 he was named the Honorary Mayer of the City of Bountiful, Utah, US. In 2014 the Silver Magnolia Award of the City Government of Shanghai, the highest distinction for expats, was confered to Etienne in appreciation of his valuable support to Shanghai’s development outstanding contributions and friendly cooperation. 

He recently co-autored two books “Streekdrachten in Onze Gewesten“ and “Van Hoed tot Ondergoed“ about Folk Costumes of Flanders, Belgium.

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ARGENTINA – National Section Chair 

Graciela Pons

Graciela Pons, es Maestra Normal Nacional, Profesora de Música y Danzas, coordinadora del
Programa Educativo de Adultos Mayores de la Municipalidad de El Trébol, Co Directora de Ballet
El Trébol y del Instituto de Danzas.
Preside la Sección Argentina de IOV junto al Profesor Omar Fiordelmondo como vicepresidente.
Es conferencista Internacional, llevando ponencias a Congresos, Seminarios y Foros a diferentes
lugares del mundo, referentes a “PEDAGOGÍA DE LA DANZA”- “-DE LA MEMORIA A LA ESCENA-“
alcance educativo de la danza.” “Propuesta para la reflexión y práctica educativa de la danza”
entre otros

Dicta cursos de capacitación dentro y fuera del continente.
Especializada en Educación social y expresiva, ha llevado sus experiencias a través de conferencias
y talleres a Estambul en Turquía, Cartagena de Indias, Popayán, Manizales y otras ciudades y
pueblos de Colombia, donde acaba de realizar una interesante experiencia en el Pacífico
Colombiano con afrodescendientes directos en la Fundación LOS NIÑOS DEL MAR. Es pate del
equipo de la Corporación Arte y Ciudad. En Passo Fundo, Brasil ha desarrollado una conferencia
sobre “Folklore mundial” en la apertura del Congreso Arte y TradiciónCon su grupo ha recorrido los países y sitios más recónditos del mundo llevando la danza y culturas

Se ha desempeñado como jurado en algunas sedes y subsedes del PRE Cosquín, también en los
Juegos culturales santefecinos, Acompañó el jurado de Danzón en Santa Clara, Cuba, como así
entre otros en la selección de parejas argentinas para la Red el Mundo baila por parejas.
por mencionar algo de su trayectoria en el rubro.

Es co autora de los siguientes libros que tratan del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial:

  • Almacén de Memorias y la yapa.
  • La vía láctea. Trabajo de rescate de la oralidad.
  • La Fiesta, tinteros y penitencias.
  • Aserrín, aserran los maderos de San Juan.
  • Colección de tres tomos con recopilación de canciones, juegos, juguetes, refranes, creencias.
    “Almacén de memorias y sus puentes”.

Recientemente ha sido convocada por el instituto de Cultura Popular de Cali Colombia donde ha
participado como ponente en el Foro de la Danza. Con su grupo Ballet El Trébol, que co dirige con
el Profesor Víctor Recalde han realizado presentaciones en nuestro Continente, Europa, y Medio Oriente con contratos artísticos en Emirato Árabes, Dubái, Omán, Qatar entre otros.
Trabaja en expresiones danzarías y pedagogía de la danza con grupos etarios dese los 3 años a
los 89 años,

Ha recibido premios menciones de diferentes culturales gubernamentales por la trayectoria en
Danza y Educación.

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Chair of the Special Projects Commission

Parul Shah

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Educational qualifications

  • Sc. (Physics), L L B (general)
  • L L B (Sp. Taxation)
  • D., M. Mus., B. Mus., PG Dip (Nattuvangam), Diploma
  • (All in Dance)
  • Special training in Movement Analysis, Dance Therapy


Present position                                

Principal Investigator MHRD-UGC Econtent PG PATHASHALA and MOOCs in SWAYAM PROJECT, Performing Arts Dance.                                       

Former DEAN and  Head Professor Department of Dance, Faculty of Performing Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara (Gujarat – India).

Prof. Dr. Smt Parul Shah is one of the rare combinations of Performing artiste, Cross-cultural Choreographer, Bharatanatyam Guru, Dance Educator, Scholar, Researcher, Arts Administrator and highly motivated human being. She got appointed as the Professor in  Dance in 1993, at the young age of 41 and became the Head of the Department of Dance and the Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Prof Shah is selected by the Chairman UGC and awarded the prestigious MHRD project of creating E PG Content for the E PG PATHASHALA in Performing Arts (Dance/Drama/Theatre) in April 2014. She was the first Principal Investigator of all subjects to complete the project in record time in October 2016. In July 2016, she is invited by MHRD-UGC to create MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in Performing Arts.  She is perhaps the first in Performing Arts of India to receive the “Choreomundus  Heritage Master Fellowship” as the visiting scholar of the Erasmus Mundus of the European Union International Master in Dance knowledge, Practice and Heritage.  She was the Fellow at the University of Roehampton, London for 3 weeks in March 2014. Since 2013, she is working on the Major Research Project of the UGC on “The changing dynamics of the Classical dance of India with respect to Bharatanatyam”  She was awarded the Senior Fulbright Fellowship in 1992-93 for pioneering work in Movement Analysis-Notation in Indian classical dance. Along with Laban Movement Analysis, she got trained in the application of the same as therapy. She is the recipient of Senior Artiste Fellowship of the Department of Culture Ministry of HRD for Movement Analysis of stylistic differences of the Four Schools of Bharatanatyam, 1994-96. The interest in research started in 1977-84, with Ph. D in “The Rasa Dance of Gujarat, a critical survey” with UGC Junior and Senior Fellowships.

Beginning in 1972 at Delhi Rastrapati Bhavan, Dr. Shah’s performing career has grown

with depth, each performance bringing out the true love of dance. She is sensitive, truthful and lively performer. The active dance career (Classical, Folk, Contemporary, Creative) of more than 40 years, has taken her to near and far lands (USA, UK, Italy, Greece, France, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Denmark, Shri Lanka, Egypt etc.)  performing, teaching, lecturing, collaborating, learning, sharing in the top institutions and with most creative innovative individuals such as Phillip Zarrili, Pegy Mue Choy, Jin-wen Yu, Louise Tchabushnig, Janet Lilly, Buff Brennan and in India Prof Sitanshu Yasheshchandra, Padmashree Geeta Chandran, Prof Deepak Kannal, Prof Ranjana Harish,  Dr. Arshia Shethi, to name a few. She is a regular visiting Professor in the Dance Program at the University of Wisconsin USA.  She was invited to lecture and has conducted workshops at University of California, UCLA, Skidmore College, Univ. of Arizona, Ohio State University, EWAH Univ at South Korea, Ayutthaya Rajbhat University, Thailand, Banaras Hindu University, Ravindrabharati University, IGNCA and many such educational cultural institutions. Her research papers are presented at reputed International conferences of CORD, JADE, WDA, CID, IGNCA and such. She is active member of various professional organizations such as ABHAI, IMACO, Shruti, CORD, WDA, CID.  Since 2012, Prof Shah is the India President of International Folk Art Organization, IOVA a UNESCO body.

Her major dance productions are Rajyalaksmi, Buddha Tattva, Dipta Kailash, Kanya Viday,  Abhishap,  Chetana, Shri Chandramaulishwar Kuravanji, Shri Antaryami, Nirguna,  Abhishap, Kavi-Kavita-Gujarat, Random Graces and many creative items in solo and group formats.  Most of them are women centric. Her main focus is expanding the horizons of Bharatanatyam, so that the strength of the classicism enriches the coming generations. In July 2017, she taught Garba in Derbyshire UK to the professional Modern Dancers for the 70 years celebration of India-Britain relations.  She was invited by the M P Government Cultural and Tourism Department to curate the Exhibition NEPATHYA as part of the world famous Khajuraho Dance Festival in February 2018.

New interpretations to the myths, sensibility and imaginary to traditional lyrics, new choreography with regional languages and popular music goner are her forte. 

She became very popular with the chorography of all dances of 1st Ramayana of Ramanand Sagar. She is equally versatile in the Classical, Folk, Contemporary and Creative dance.  Her disciples are not only in Baroda and India but also in USA, Italy, Singapore, Canada etc. Prof. Shah is the recipient of Mahakal Sangit Ratna, Gujarat Rajya Gaurav Purasker, Rotary International award and many grants and fellowships. Her administrative strength is much valued and has earned her great respect of hard working task master. She has continued to organise many events. She is the Curator of  Nritya Parva, from 2008, an annual national and International dance festival, which she started in 1981 in memory of her late Guru.  Move India Move for Change in 2013 was a specially designed event for the national cultural enclave for all India Universities. She has chaired and is member of many academic and cultural committees on local, state and national and international level. She is well versed in handling an active performing career, running successfully her repertory company Anjali Memorial Committee, intense research as well as guiding the doctoral scholars and being a warm, intense woman!

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BAHRAIN – National Section Chair 
Chair of Legal Committe

Hanady Essa Al.Jowde

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Hanady Essa Al.Jowde is born in Muharraq, Bahrain.


  • Degree in Law (United Arab Emirates University)
  • Masters in Law (University of Bahrain)
  • PHD in law (currently – University of Bahrain)
  • Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), 2007
  • Diploma in Political Development, 2008
  • Advanced Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming, 2009

Positions Held

  • Lawyer, at Nasser Alshaik Mohmed Almubarak office
  • Lawyer, Legal consoler (ministry of housing, municipalities and environment)
  • Teacher of Human Rights Law at University of Bahrain
  • Head of the legal Affairs department in the middle area municipality (currently)
  • Member of the Arbitration Commercial Centre
  • Director of the International Organization of Folk Art (Bahrain branch)
  • Member of the council of the folk’s poetry society
  • Vice-president of the council of the society of folks poetry
  • Supervision of the committees and activities of the female poet members of the society, 2004/2005/2006
  • Head of the media committee and the Publications Committee in the society
  • Member of the national culture forum  administration council, 2008/ 2015
  • Member of the programs and activates committee and secretariat of the PR committee national culture forum
  • Member and secretariat of the Wednesday gathering of  Bahrain writers and Authors society and it’s programs and activities committee (Previously)
  • Holder of many participation and attendance training sessions in commercial arbitration, e-trading and legal affairs
  • Supervision of many forums in poetry and literature on many web-forums


Writing and publishing

  • started writing literary pieces and folks poetry in 2001 and publishing in 2002


Author of (The Criminal Protection of Public Domain) – participated in countless training sessions, forums, poetry events and activities in and out of the kingdom.

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Financial Director

Henk Huijser  

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Henk Huijser was born and raised in the Netherlands.

After primary school and secondary school, he studied law at the Erasmus university in Rotterdam and followed many financial trainings.

He started his career as an accountant and then he worked for  the Dutch government. First as a customs officer and then as a tax-officer. The last 10 years of his working-career he worked as a team leader for the Dutch FIOD (IRS).

He is a member of IOV Netherlands since 1993. He was an active dancer with the West Frisian Folklore in the Netherlands and he was involved in organizing the Folklore Festival in Schagen as a treasurer and impresario. Since 2006 he is the director of the World Dance Festival Schagen. In this position, he has contacts throughout the world.

Henk has been the treasurer of IOV Netherlands since 2013 and since September 2015 he is also the treasurer of IOV World and he gives his full support to this wonderful global organization.          

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Chair of Communication & Publications Commission

Nour El-Houda Badis

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Obtained the professorship in the Arabic language and literature (1989)
  • Obtained the competence certificate in the scientific research (Tunis 1991)
  • Obtained the PHD in the Arabic language and literature (Tunis 1991)
  • Qualification in the Arabic language and literature
  • International Organization of Folk Arts (IOV), Secretary for Tunisia & North Africa Region 2007
  • Folk Culture Field work teams Director for IOV – Middle East & North Africa
  • Member of Editorial Board of (Folk Culture) Magazine – Bahrain
  • A member in the research lab in argumentation and rhetoric in the faculty of Arts in Mannoba
  • A scholar in the field of criticism, rhetoric and literature theories
  • She has got a number of published books, articles and researches in many Tunisian and Arab magazines
  • She participated in a number of scientific seminars inside as well as outside Tunis

She has conducted a number of researches, such as:

  • The Arab conception of the relationship between the term and the meaning and its impact on their understanding to the figuration expression (faculty of Arts – mannoba)
  • Studies in the oration, the Arab Institution for Studies and Publication – Beirut 2008
  • The eloquence of infrequency and the eloquence of plentifulness – a research in conciseness and expatiation – The Arab Institution for studies and publication 2008
  • A critical study published in the book “Affinities”, published by “Printemps des Poetes – France”
  • A number of participations in seminars inside and outside Tunis
  • The forum of wondrous nature of the holy Koran studies (Tunisian university Annuals – Issue 35)
  • Dealing with the literature text – contribution in the seminar – argumentation in language literature and thought (the faculty of Human and social sciences – Tunis)
  • The text and the text impress (a study in a prevailing critical judgment “The charm of eloquence (indication in criticism and literature)
  • Aspect of altruism in the ancient Arab speech (faculty of Arts – Mannoba 2005)
  • The implied violence (a study in the senses disorder – Ahlam Mistghanmi (the woman`s conferences – Cairo 2001)
  • The modern Arabic Poetry and the modern Arab world issues (al-Qurain Cultured Festival 12th -2005)
  • “When Eiman Aseeri seeks a shelter in the fires and ashes “a study in a modern Bahraini poetic experience, the national Bahraini cultural forum – Bahrain 2006
  • The modeling in the language, Literature and thought (A seminar held in the faculty of Human and Social Sciences – Tunis – 2007)

Besides many of the translations and researches on translation, such as:

  • Within the limitation of interpretation, a translation of a text – lamberto Echo)
  • Translation – creativity or pliability (translation conference – Cairo 2002)
  • Is the individual effort enough for the translation of Encyclopedias (translation seminar and the knowledge society – Cairo 2006)


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GUAM/USA – National Section Chair

Judith Flores

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Judy Selk Flores is a historian, folklorist and professional batik artist.  She has lived in Inarajan, Guam since moving there as a child with her teaching parents from the U.S. state of Colorado in 1957.  She became fluent in the Chamorro language and married into the culture.  She attended the Guam public school system, graduating with a scholarship to the University of Guam where she earned a B.A. in Art Education and a Masters degree at the University of Guam Micronesian Studies Program.  She earned her PhD in Arts of Oceania from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. 

She taught Secondary School Art for 10 years, then worked as a folklorist for the Guam Council on the Arts (CAHA) for the next 10 years.  She helped found Gef Pa’go Chamorro Cultural Village in Inalahan and served as director, president and development officer until 2011. 

Judy was active in government cultural and educational events, where she organized Guam’s participation in the Festival of Pacific Arts (FESTPAC), traveling and representing Guam’s culture in many host Pacific Islands every 4 years from 1988 through 1996.  In 2016 she helped prepare traditional artists to host the Festival in Guam. 

Judy retired from the University of Guam in 2006; and continues in her role as Research Associate and consultant with MARC – the Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam.  Her scholarly contributions include many publications and presentations at international conferences and seminars focused on the history and culture of Guam and Micronesia.  Judy Flores is known for her visual depictions of Guam’s history and culture through her batik art paintings.  The Guam Museum organized a retrospective exhibit of her art in October 2019 – February 2020, featuring over 300 paintings that spanned a 50-year period. More information is available on her website at guambatikgallery.com.

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Chair of the Science & Research Commission 

Mohamed Nouiri

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Mohamed Nouiri is an editor, writer and research Consultant for the Bahrain Royal Court.

Education: University of Tunis

  • 1998 PHD in Arabic Language, Literature and Culture (with great distinction)
  • 1985 Professeur Agrégé Arabic Language and Literature- highest scholarly award given by the state
  • 1982 Professional Certificate in Scientific Research
  • 1980 Mastery Certificate in Arabic Language, Literature and Culture
  • 1979 Graduate Certificate in General Linguistics
  • 1980 Graduate Certificate in Comparative Literature

Employment History

  • (1980-1985) Secondary School Teacher – Arabic Language and Literature

  • (1985-1987) Professor in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature – University of Tunis

  • (1987-1998) Assistant Professor – University of Tunis

  • (1998-2003) Co-Professor – University of Tunis

  • 2003 Professor in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature- University of Tunis

  • 1998-2005 Head of the Research and Publishing Department – University of Tunis

  • 2006-2008 Head of Research – University of Tunis

  • 2008 Professional consultant to the Bahrain Royal Court

  • 2008 Managing Editor and Head of the Scientific Committee – Folk Culture for Studies, Research and Publishing

  • 2016 Head of the Scientific Committee – The International Organization of Folk Art

  • Visiting Professor in several French universities throughout the years

Examples of published work

“Speech and Rhetorical Theory amongst Arabs”
“Rhetoric and the Culture of Manliness”
“Arabs and Sensory Poetry”

Hundreds of scientific articles, lectures and contributions in Paris, Lyon, Cairo, Amman, Morocco, Manama, Tunisia and more. 

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ARMENIA – National Section Chair

Mkrtich Hovhannisyan

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Mkrtich Hovhannisyan was born in Gyumri, Armenia. In 2006 he graduated from the State Institute of Theatre and Movie, Department of Stage Directing. Afterwards, he did post-graduate studies at the Department of Theatre Study, where he is a candidate for a PhD.

Since 2006, Mkrtich has been teaching history of Russian, Armenian and foreign dramatic art and art criticism at the Institute of Theatre in Gyumri. At the same time, he is head of the Department of Arts History and Science at the same Institute.

Since 1998, he has been a dancer in an Armenian folk dance group. Mkrtich has produced several dramas at the Drama Theatre of Gyumri. He has also written several movie scene scripts. Mkrtich has participated in many festivals and cultural events all around the world. He describes himself as “a person of the arts,” and says he is devoted to the arts.

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EUROPE EST – Regional Executive Director

Liidia Vernygor

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Artist of Ballet, Choreographer, Manager, Art director, Honored Artist of Ukraine, member of the National Union of Choreographers of Ukraine.

I was born on September 13, 1956 in the Poltava region and live in Kyiv since 1974.


After graduating from the Dnipropetrovsk Theater School (choreographic department), in 1974 I joined the work and worked as a ballet soloist in the dance group of the National Honored Academic Ukrainian Folk Choir named after Gregory Veryovka (1974 – 1998).
Over the years of my professional activity, I have toured with the ensemble in the USA, Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Latin American countries, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and South Korea.

Higher education received at the Institute of Arts of the National Pedagogical University named after M.P.Dragomanov in 2012.

Profession activities:

Artistic director, choreographer of the Exemplary children’s vocal-choreographic group “Shumka” of the Center for Aesthetic Education of Youth of Kyiv National University Taras Shevchenko (1993-2005).
The team became the winner of the I International Folk Festival “Music of the World” in Italy (1998). The team toured with the program in Argentina, Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.

Director of the NGO “Center for Humanitarian, Cultural and Economic Cooperation Ukraine-Baltics” under the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine (2004-2010).

Art director of the Kyiv Academic Theater of Ukrainian Folklore “Bereginya” (2010 – 2011).

In recent years, since 2008, I worked as a choreographer, manager, art director with various folk ensembles and representing Ukrainian culture at the well-known international festivals of CIOFF and IOV organizations.

From February 2020 I was honored to have been appointed Regional Executive Director for Eastern Europe at IOV.

My task is to promote understanding and recognition of cultural diversity among all peoples, to create and provide support to representatives of Eastern European countries and national sections in order to spread the IOV mission.

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