INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF ORGANIZATIONS OF FOLKLORE FESTIVALES AND TRADITIONAL ARTS
CIOFF® is an international non-governmental organization of UNESCO. This NGO maintains formal consultative relations with UNESCO.
Since 1970 CIOFF® has been working towards safeguarding, promotion and diffusion of folklore and traditional cultures:
* Promoting the intangible cultural heritage through dance, music, songs, games, rituals, ceremonies, customs, traditional crafts, costumes and food.
At present, CIOFF® worldwide membership covers 89 countries of the World, with 68 National Sections, 2 Associate Members and 19 Corresponding Members.
It is estimated that over 1 million people, including over 30'000 folklore dance and music groups and folk arts organisations are associated with CIOFF® through their CIOFF® National Sections Worldwide.
* Over 300 International Folklore Festivals, including 24 International Children's Festivals
The main asset of CIOFF® organisation is the International Folklore Festivals, held annually all over the world to celebrate traditional Dance, Music, Songs & Crafts.
* Worldwide over 300 International Folklore Festivals are being held annually through CIOFF® network, including 24 International Children's Folklore Festivals.