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Annual Spring Sector Meeting of

CIOFF South European and African Sector

3-5 may 2013

Sabaudia, Italy




On 21 of March 2011, on the age of 86 passed away the Founder of CIOFF - Henry Coursaget.
A great person who always teaches us to be tolerant, respectful and to estimate the other. The world has lost a man of dignity who will always be an example for all of us.

He left this world but he will always stays in our hearts.

Rest in peace, Henri...

Activities * Congresses 

42-th CIOFF World Congress
2013, Zacatecas, Mexico

41-th CIOFF World Congress
2012, Paris, France

40-th CIOFF World Congress
2011, Recife, Brasil

39-th CIOFF World Congress
2010, Papeete, French Polynesia

38-th CIOFF World Congress
2009, Havana, Cuba

37-th CIOFF World Congress
2008, Istanbul, Turkey

37-th CIOFF World Congress
October 26 – November 2, 2007, Monterrey, Mexico

There were 36 National sections.
Islamic Republic of Mauritania – approved for an associated member for two years
Tahiti  - the proposition is to become an associated member for two years. After discussions on the part of Sector which had proposed the decision to be made on the next meeting of the Sector during 2008, the NS of France gave its consent to the membership of Tahiti.
China is the potential organizer of the Folkloriada in 2009. They have to confirm that up to the Council Meeting in Spring 2008 in Argentina.
Each Sector has to decide what kind of groups will be proposed to participate, and it is recommended that those are adults group. Foreign participants should be about 1800 people and 200 – from the host country.
Bearing in mind the problems that China has , the Folkloriada was postponed for 2009.
Mr. Emil Pavlov proposed Bulgaria as a possible host, and the final decision should be presented up to the Council Meeting.
South Korea presented its candidature for the Folkloriada 2012. An agreement between Udomsak Sakmunvong and the mayor of Anseong – Dong Hi Lee – was signed.
The 38-th world congress and a General Assembly will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, between 8 and 16 of November 2008.

36-th CIOFF World Congress
October 27 – November 4, 2006, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria


Opening of the Congress
The Opening Ceremony of the 36th World Congress took place on Tuesday, 31st of October 2006 at the Museum of the Bulgarian Revival and the Constituent Assembly.

Mr. Emil Pavlov, President of the National Section of Bulgaria welcomed all the CIOFF Delegations attending the Congress and wished all the participants a pleasant stay in Veliko Tarnovo. The Mayor of the City of Veliko Tarnovo, Mr. Rumen Rashev in his welcome speech expressed his best wishes for a fruitful and productive work at the Congress. The Deputy Minister of Culture thanked all the participants for all the hard work done so far for the culture of peace all over the World. The Congress and General Assembly in Veliko Tarnovo were officially opened by CIOFF President Mr. Udomsak Sakmunvong. The Congress received a greeting letter from the Minister of Culture of Bulgaria. 

General Assembly delegations
The National Sections present at the General
Assembly with voting rights were:
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Mexico, Moldova, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Swaziland,


Switzerland, Sweden Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of
America Furthermore, 3 countries were present by proxy:
Haiti by USA; Lithuania by UK; Philippines by Thailand.
This gave 57 voting members (54 present and 3
by proxy).
Corresponding Members present were: two festivals from Cyprus and Abrassoffa from Brazil.
Honorary President – Mr. Henri Coursaget and 5 Honorary Members – Mr. Guy Landry, Mr.
Rolf Leander, Mr. Bruno Ravnikar, Mr. Joao Moreira and Mr. Kari Bergholm were present at the General Assembly.

New Members
The Membership of the National Sections of Montenegro, Congo (
FDR) and Costa Rica were accepted by acclamation of the general Assembly.

All the participants of the Forum had a full discussion, expressing and exchanging their opinions about the subject from respective points of view as festival director; national sections…etc. and all present agreed that such network is extremely important to our CIOFF work. All participants in the Open Forum decided to make a declaration to strengthen their job in the CIOFF Network. Declaration of Cooperation among CIOFF National Sections
• Considering that the formal and informal CIOFF Network is composed of three major parts:
- CIOFF National Sections
- International and national festivals
- Folk artists and groups of intangible cultural heritage
• Considering that the CIOFF Network is based on exchange of information and knowledge
• Considering that the CIOFF Network will help and support the different parties of the Network We, CIOFF National Sections, want to
increase the cooperation in the CIOFF Network and decide to strengthen our individual implication as follows:-
1. We shall offer the full and necessaryinformation or even assistance to the festivals and groups to gain their trust to work with CIOFF National Sections.
2. We shall remind that the festivals have the duty to inform the National Sections of the groups invited for the festivals, especially those coming without the knowledge of their CIOFF National Sections.
3. We shall answer all the e-mails from the CIOFF Network coming to us regardless the reply is negative or positive.
3rd November 2006 Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria 36th CIOFF World Congress
The « Open forum » on cultural diversity gathered about sixty people. Twenty of them actively participated to the debate, which confirmed the necessary presence of cultural diversity in festivals, in the form of world culture or minorities existing in the organizing countries.
Here is the text that led to the debate:
« CIOFF expresses its great satisfaction with regards to the commitments taken by the UNESCO regarding the promotion of cultural diversity and the increasing number of countries which have adopted this approach. In this context, the activities of CIOFF and its national sections are largely directed towards promotion of cultural diversity at a national and international level. Nevertheless, although most international CIOFF festivals include programmes that show
an importance of diversity reflected in thecultures represented by the different groups invited by organizers to the festival, there is still a great gap in relation to some of the festivals to showcase, every year, a variety of diversified cultures of the World. We cannot ignore the economic and political difficulties faced by festival organizers, but we would like to emphasize the importance of every possible effort to represent every culture of the world, which should be better recognized
by festivals, the main mission of which is to serve as a meeting and communication place between cultures, should be better defined. It is therefore not acceptable that a CIOFF Festival does not invite once over ten years a group coming from African cultures, NorthernAfrica, the Middle East, minorities or cultures that are oppressed in their own country. CIOFF would like to encourage the festivals to work on this diversity in their programmes, so that it could become an effective criterion in the allocation of the « International CIOFF Festival seal of approval »
It was agreed that the debate would be continued during the future international congresses, as in future cultural diversity should be a fundamental element of CIOFF policy and credibility.

35-th CIOFF World Congress
November 11 – 19, 2005
City of Tshwane, South Africa

34-th CIOFF World Congress
October 12 – 20, 2004
Stockton on Tees, Tees Valley, United Kingdom

33-th CIOFF World Congress
October 8 – 11, 2003
Le Puy en Velay, France

32-th CIOFF World Congress
November 12 – 20, 2002
Bangkok, Thailand



Spring meeting - Sector South Europe and Africa




37-th CIOFF World Congress



 The President of CIOFF Bulgaria Mr. Emil Pavlov receives the Flag of CIOFF from the President of South Africa Mr. Makhentule Pitje

  The President of CIOFF Bulgaria Mr. Emil Pavlov hands the Flag of CIOFF to Dr. Roumen Rashev - Major of V.Tarnovo for the 36-th Congress

  April 21, 2006 - The Visit of Secretary General of CIOFF - Philippe Beaussant in Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo for Control of the Organization of the 36-th World Congress in V.Tarnovo

  April 20, 2006 - Interview with Secretary General of CIOFF - Philippe Beaussant in Bulgarian National Radio. Guests in BNRadio - Philippe Beaussant, Stiliyana Yorgova and Tsveti Radeva

 Emil Pavlov the President of the Festival and Chairman of the Bulgarian National Section of CIOFF Bulgaria and  the Minister of Culture Prof. Stefan Danailov