The IOV 15th European International Scientific Conference of Folk Culture03.09.2023 — 04.09.202309:00 — 21:00








The IOV 15th European International Scientific Conference of Folk Culture

(September 3-4, 2023, Riga, Latvia)

Intangible cultural heritage in European social space: artistry and cultural practices

Conference languages: Latvian / English.

Everyone interested is mostly welcomed to apply on the form beneath.

Conference programme


Ethnographic open-air museum of Latvia, Riga, 10 Bonaventuras Street

09.00 Registration.

09.30 Opening session.

 Welcome speeches:

Address of Zanda Kergalve, Director of the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum.

Address of Jana Vērdiņa, head of the Department of Historical Lands and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Latvia National Centre for culture.

Address of Prof. Anna Brzozowska-Krajka, head of IOV Science and Research Commission for Europe.

10.00 – 12.00 Session I

Session I is chaired by Miķelis Dāvids Rikveilis.

Aija Jansone Dr. hist. (Latvia) Traditions and novelties in Latvian folk applied art.

Linda Rubena (Latvia) Folk Applied Art in Latvia at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Dagmāra Prīberga (Latvia) Arts and crafts in terms of craftsmanship and tradition.

Anita Vaivade. Prof. (Latvia) Geographical Indications for Local Craft Products: Insights into an EU Legislation Initiative.

Daina Kraukle Mg. art (Latvia) Insight into the history of the Latvian People's Applied Art Fair.

 11.40 – 12.00 Discussions.

12.00 – 12.30 Break.

12.30 – 14.00 A visit to the Contemporary Craft Fair.

14.00 – 17.00 Guided tour of the Open-Air Museum.


Conference hall - The European Union House in Riga, Aspazijas bulvāris 28.

 09.00  Registration.

09.30 – 12.00 Session II

Session II is chaired by Dr. hist. Aija Jansone

Letizia Bindi Prof. (Italy) Transhumant knowledge and practices as a form of art. Heritagization, visual representations and performances. (zoom)

Chen Ping Prof. (Germany / China) Heritage and Innovation of Traditional Crafts: Regeneration and Practicality.  

Katarzyna Marcol Associate Prof. (Poland) Folk Handicraft - Collective Memory – Identity. 

Larysa Vakhnina Prof. (Ukraine) Preservation of National Identity and Folklore Traditions of Ukrainian refugees during the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Rimantas Astrauskas Prof. (Lithuania) Endangered cultural heritage: traditional handicrafts in Lithuanian State cultural policy.

Rozīte Katrīna Ponne Mg. art. (Latvia) Exploration of intercultural interaction between Latvians and Germans in intangible cultural heritage.

 11.30 – 12.00 Discussions.

13.00 – 14.00 Break.

14.00-16.00 Session III

The III session is chaired by Mg. art. Rozīte Katrīna Ponne.

Anna Brzozowska-Krajka (Poland) The identification of man and the universe: symbolic motifs on painted eggs in creations by contemporary Polish folk artists.

Oksana Mykytenko Prof. (Ukraine) Intangible Cultural Heritage vs. Vernacular Ethnography: Ceramic Rooster from Ukrainian Borodianka.

Kinga Maria Czerwińska Associate Prof. (Poland) Let's carry our tradition into the future. Handicrafts as a source of inspiration for contemporary activities. The example of Koniaków lace (in Poland).

Anu Randmaa Mg. edu (Estonia) Estonian folk costume tradition: approach and activities. 

Maryna Oliynyk PhD in history (Ukraine) Cultural and Artistic Life as a Platform for Expressing Ukrainian Identity through Clothing: from Practices of the 19th Century to the Tradition of the World Vyshyvanka Day of the 21st Century.

15.40 – 16.00 Discusions.

16.00  – 16.30  Conclusions.

Anna Brzozowska - Krajka  Head of the IOV Science and Research Commission for Europe.

Jana Vērdiņa Head of the Department of Historical Lands and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Latvia National Centre for culture.

Aija Jansone Dr. hist. Head of the Ethnographical Department at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia.

19.00  Guided tour of Old Riga led by Rozīte Katrīna Ponne.

Form to apply:

Number of visitors is limited, but conference will be streamed at the Facebook page of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum.

Last update 15.08.2023