Annual Meeting 2011 in Heppenheim

Folklore friends meet in the Marstall

Annual General Meeting of the German section of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Art in Heppenheim - Then City tour with wine tasting.

Last weekend the Marstall in the historic center of Heppenheimer was a the meeting place for folklore friends from all over Germany. Occasion was the Annual General Meeting of the German section of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF®, in French: Conseil international des organisations de festivals de folklore et d'arts traditionnels).

Host was the "Trachten- und Volkstanzgruppe Starkenburg Heppenheim e.V.", whose deputy chairman Norbert Müller is also chairman of the German Section of the CIOFF®.

After a board meeting on Friday the discussions and debates were continued in the extended General Assembly on Saturday. Essential components of the meeting were Müller's information on the current status of the planned German ratification of the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the realignment of the CIOFF® Youth in Germany.

With regard to the intangible cultural heritage Müller had participated in an expert discussion between representatives of cultural and social organizations, and members of parliament of the CDU / CSU and FDP in Berlin in early September. Result of the expert talk, so Müller informed the members of the Assembly on Saturday, is that the ratification should be pushed. The condition however is, that the necessary financial resources are available.

In addition, the Assembly chose the German representative for the "Folkloriada 2012" in Anseong (Korea): The "Verband des künstlerischen Volksschaffens" from Thale (Saxony-Anhalt) will represent Germany at this festival. All member countries of CIOFF® are invited to send folk groups from their country to this festival to show the diversity of folklore.

The Assembly, in which the Mayor of Heppenheim Reiner Burelbach (CDU) paid tribute to the merits of the international non-governmental organization (NGO), which stands in formal and consultative relationship with UNESCO, lasted several hours and ended lat Saturday afternoon.

After the official part of the conference, the participants explored together with Ernst Wolfrum (Heppenheim) the most beautiful places in the historic center of Heppenheim. At various locations the guided tour was connected spontaneously with a little wine tasting.

The participants of the CIOFF® General Assembly were ending the Saturday with a cozy get-together. The "Trachten- und Volkstanzgruppe Starkenburg" provided here with a sketch their contribution to the success of the event.

Members of the Meeting 2011

Source: www.echo-online.de (fran)
Heppenheim, 23 September 2011