International networks


CIOFF - International Council of Organisations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art 

Since 1970, CIOFF works for the safeguarding, promotion and diffusion of traditional culture. Through its activities, CIOFF aims for the following main objectives:

  • Promote the intangible heritage, through forms of expression such as dance, music, games, rituals, customs and other arts.
  • Serve the objectives of UNESCO
  • Support the activities of its members and those of non-governmental organizations working in the areas of folklore and cultural heritage 
  • Serve the cause of peace and non-violence through the implementation of the above objectives

   At present, CIOFF worldwide membership covers 110 countries of the World, with 69 National Sections, 11 Associate

   Members and 30 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.

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CIOFF in Finland

There are four international CIOFF-festivals in 

Hollo & Martta Festival 

The Hollo & Martta Festival is an annual folklore festival held in Hollola commune and in the surrounding counties of Päijät-Häme. The festival week shall provide a wide representation of the colourful European dance culture and a generous outlook of domestic folkdance. The festival is organized by Hollola Youth Society.

Homepage of the festival at the address



        From the beginning the Jutajaiset assembled people from all over Lapland. Today the festival brings thousands of people from all over the world to the city of Rovaniemi. In

         the beginning the event was a meeting between folk dancers and folk musicians which was spent in the spirit of the old tradition of gathering together in Provinces. Despite

        of the strong provincial flavour, internationalism has been part of the Jutajaiset from the first time since 1972 as the event presented exotic dancers from India. 

        Lapin Nuorison Liitto has been the main organizer of Jutajaiset from the very beginning. In Sodankylä between years 1972 and 1994 Jutajaiset grew into a big national

        summer event that collected public and perfrormers from the whole Finland. 

From year 1995 Jutajaiset has been taking place in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. In Rovaniemi Jutajaiset has grown into the biggest evetn of the night of the midnight sun in Lapland and the Arctic area of the Nordic Countries. 

Homepage of the festival at the address


Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 

The unforgettable folklore festival in Кaustinen had been drawing people there every year for over 40 years. These days this festival lasts nine days and there are over 100.000 visitors in concerts of the festival. 

Something special is in the spirit of the place that forces people to come back year after year. Visitors are thrilled by the traditions of the festival and the reception which is given to all who arrive to Kaustinen. 

Homepage of the festival at the


Pispalan Sottiisi - Pispala Schottische

Pispala Schottische is a series of three events: Pispala Schottische, Dance Mania and Folkalandia Cruise. This trio is organized by Finnish Youth Association and the City of Tampere.


Everything started in the early summer of 1970 when the 1st Pispala Schottische was held. Since then have people been playing and dancing in the streets of Tampere every other June. The emphasis of the event is in folk dance and tradition, but you can also see modern folk music and new folk dance choreographys. 

DANCE MANIA in Tampere

Dance and theatre, flavours and folk music, clatter and quadrille, concerts and courses in different areas...During one autumnal weekend you can see all this around Tullikamari and Tammerkoski. 

Dance Mania is an event of concerts and education of modern folk dance and music held in Tampere every other year in September. 


Fiddlers and folk dance, playing and singing, the atmosphere of Finnish sauna and the Baltic Sea...All this is available to You during one weekend cruise between Turku and Stockholm. 

Folklandia Cruise is a winterfestival of folk dance and music. It is held on M/S Silja Europa in January by the most important Finnish organisations and festivals of folk music. 

Homepage of the festival at the address


IOV - Internationale Organisation für Volkskunst - The International Organization of Folk Art 

IOV is a worldwide network of individuals and institutions working to preserve and protect all forms of folk art. IOV is registered as a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. IOV headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington

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The Nordlek Federation

NORDLEK is a Nordic cooperation, more information