Applications are invited to the Fifth International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) World Youth Congress will take place from July 12 to 17, 2017 in Myslenice, Poland. Participants should arrive on July 12 and depart on July 17, 2017. The event is organized by International Folk Meetings Malopolska, The City of Myslenice and Malopolska Region, with the assistance of IOV World.

The Congress theme is Folk Fusion. Intangible Cultural Heritage and Inspiration by Folklore.


During the Congress, participants will present their papers, speeches, workshops, and lead discussions on the Congress theme and other related topics. At the same time as the Congress takes place, Myslenice will host its annual international folk dance and music festival. Groups from many countries all around the world will perform live each day on the beautiful open-air festival stage.


Participants should pay for their flights to and from the International Kraków Airport, visa fees and provide proof of medical insurance.

Other expenses, including hotel accommodation from July 12 to 17, 2017, three meals per day, meeting venues, conference materials, local transportation and admission to the international folk festival will be paid or provided by the host – the City of Myslenice, International Folk Meetings Malopolska or Malopolska Region.


As has been customary for the IOV Congresses in the past, the Congress will be open to all individuals age 18 through 35. Brief abstracts of presentations should be submitted in English together with your application. A presentation is not a requirement for participation, but priority may be given to those applicants with presentations and/or those who register early enough. Participation is limited to 75 individuals.

Application Process:

The deadline for registration is May 1, 2017. Earlier registration is encouraged. The committee will make every effort to notify successful applicants within 7 days after the deadline. For more information, please, visit the International Folk Meetings website here or register directly here.

If you have any questions, do contact Mr Piotr Szewczyk, director of The International Folk Meetings Malopolska, at

Deadline: May 1, 2017.

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