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06 Nov 2013

IOV World | International Organization of Folk Art

IOV is a worldwide network of individuals and institutions working to preserve and protect all forms of folk art.

We recognize the urgent need to protect the intangible cultural heritage for ourselves and future generations. In this respect, we support the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The terms "folk art" and "intangible cultural heritage," as understood by IOV, are expressed in five broad categories, or domains:

  • Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;

  • Performing arts;

  • Social practices, rituals and festive events;

  • Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;

  • Traditional craftsmanship.


IOV sponsors international and national conferences, workshops, seminars and other events designed to inform IOV members and the public about its work to Safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage. In a typical year, IOV conferences are organized in 8 to 10 regions of the world. In addition, national sections meet once a year to elect officers.