International Folklore Festival
CIOFF® Pilsen

Mezinárodní folklorní festival CIOFF® Plzeň
Internationales Folklorefestival CIOFF® Pilsen
Festival de Folclore Internacional CIOFF® de Pilsen

1997 + 1998 – HOW IT ALL STARTED

At the beginning, there was enthusiasm and desire ... The enthusiasm of several members of the Pilsen Jiskra Folklore Ensemble who were led by then head of the committee Jaromir Konrady, and the desire to have their own folklore festival in Pilsen. The Jiskra Folklore Ensemble regularly attended international folklore festivals, both in the Czech Republic and abroad but to organize the festival in Pilsen, it was a challenge! The beginnings in 1997 were very modest, from today's point of view even a bit naïve but the enthusiasm and dedication of the new organizers helped to overcome even the most amateur approach in all areas. Experiences in dramaturgy, organization, technical background, promotion, financing, etc., were therefore gained step by step. Nevertheless, the festival which in the first years of its existence was looking for its own place in the sun, was born.

Participants of the 1st IFF Pilsen 1997

Pilsen ensembles

Other Czech ensembles

Foreign ensembles

Participants of the 2nd IFF Pilsen 1998

Pilsen ensembles

Other Czech ensembles

Foreign ensembles

Mezinárodní rada organizací folklórních festivalů a lidových umění CIOFF

The festival is a regular member of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts CIOFF.

Main partners of the festival

Kulturní Plzeň Plzeňský kraj Ministerstvo kultury Nadace 700 let města Plzně Hotely Ibis Bohemia sekt

Main media partner

Český rozhlas Plzeň