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Cultural Association "Cultura in movimento"
in partnership with Municipality of Jesolo and Department of Tourism
European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF


Town host - Jesolo, Italy

               Jesolo is in the Veneto region of Italy. This coastal town is very popular with foreign tourists, especially Germans and Austrians, and also with the Italians and it is one of the longest beaches in Italy, stretching over 13 km. It has a wide range of hotels, shops and attractions next to the beach. It is also very close to Venice and its lagoon and many other interesting places in North-east Italy.

The origin of Jesolo dates back at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire, when barbarian tribes such as the Huns invaded Italy from north-east, forcing the population to move towards the swamp area near the sea. Most of the original inhabitants came from the Roman town of Opitergium (today’s Oderzo). They were all forced to move where now the Venetian Lagoon is, settling down on the small islands and eventually founding towns like Eraclea and even Venice itself. At the beginning of its history Jesolo was called “Equilium”, from the latin word “equus” which means “horse”. This was probably due to the fact that they were horse breeders. The people there had to fight and claim land to the sea. This process took centuries under the control of the Venice Republic and it literally transformed the territory for example by changing the course of rivers Sile and Piave. The beginning of Jesolo as a touristic town dates back to early 20th century, but it was only after the Second World War that the beach town started developing. Unfortunately, at that time there was no regulation and many buildings and hotels were constructed on the seafront. This prevented Jesolo from having a proper seafront like you can see in many other coastal towns around Italy and the world.

Preliminary Program

18/5/2017  Arrival - Check in at hotel – 18:00 Technical conference with all leaders of groups to discuss the program of festival  - Dinner 
19/5/2017  Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion – Lunch time - Preparation for the concert - 18.30 Opening Ceremony, presentation of Jury and concert for all groups in World Cup. - Dinner
20/5/2017  Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursion: Visit of Verona and Padua Visit to Venice and Glass Factory (free glass blowing demonstration for participants Lunch time - 18.30 - Concert - Dinner - Disco evening for the groups
21/5/2017  Breakfast - Free day from morning till noon - Optional excursions - Lunch time - 17.00 Closing parade in the streets of Jesolo. 18:00 Closing Ceremony and concert of all groups. Awards.
22/5/2017   Breakfast. Departure of the groups
*The organizers reserve the right to change the program of the World Cup.


Indonesia, rapresented by Sanggar Kesenian Aceh, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Indonesia Indonesia

A dream became true for one of participating groups at the World Cup of Folklore organized in Jesolo, Italy from 18th till 22nd of May. Indonesia, rapresented by Sanggar Kesenian Aceh, Universitas Gadjah Mada got the Grand Prix Cup, Diploma for Absolute Winner and 2000 euro cash prize by main organizer. The winner excited Jury and public with excellent performance and perfect synchronism between group’s components. President of Jury was Mr Francesco Gatto, member of IOV and Italian federation of folklore traditions. The event combined 2 festivals in 1 – World Cup of Folklore and International Festival for Folklore and Contemporary Arts “Le spiagge d’Italia” with more than 400 artists from 9 countries – Italy, Indonesia, Slovenia, Georgia, Israel, Malaysia, Lithuania, Kyrghyzstan and India. The Jury placed on 1st place Children’s folk song and dance ensemble “Khikhani” from Georgia which got also a voucher for 1000 euro provided by EAFF /European Association of Folklore Festivals/. Arts School of Sarawak from Malaysia was ranked on 2nd place by Jury and received voucher for 500 euro by EAFF. 3rd place went to Slovenia – Macedonian Cultural Society of Nova Gorica “Ohrid pearls” which got bronze medal, Cup and voucher of EAFF for 300 euro. Thanks to strong and close collaboration with the European Association of Folklore Festivals – EAFF, the World Cup of Folklore – Jesolo promises to become a high level folklore forum and give more future satisfactions to its participants.


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