22 May 2020 Interesting facts
As a result of the crisis caused by the COVID’19 pandemic, the EAFF team conducted an online survey on “Folklore in conditions of social distancing”. The research took place in the period 24.04.2020 - 12.05.2020.
The eleven questions from the short survey provide information about the role of folklore in the context of global crisis and social isolation.
Dance formations, choirs, instrumental groups and mixed ensembles from Algeria, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Great Britain, Bulgaria and Ukraine took part in the web questionnaire.
The processing of the results obtained thanks to the empirical research presented us with the information that 42.9% of the respondents assess the role of folklore in the conditions of global crisis and social distancing as positive, 14.3% do not have a definite opinion on the issue, and 7.1% believe that folklore is a unifier.
The written set of questions informs that according to 64.3% the pandemic situation has a negative impact on the processes of preservation and dissemination of folklore. 14.3% believe that the situation does not negatively affect the object of analysis, and the rest has the opinion that extraordinary measures are very likely to have a negative impact on this type of creativity.
73.3% of the respondents continue their folklore classes and upgrade their knowledge in the field, as 41.7% achieve it through individual classes, 41.7% through online activities, 8.3% participate in online festivals and only 8.3% conduct group rehearsals.
The fact-finding method indicates that 86.7% of the respondents would participate in a Webinar / online seminar / with a sample topic "Folklore in conditions of social distancing".
As a result of the question of how long after the end of social isolation the respondents would be ready for a stage performance, it is clear that 50% would immediately participate in a folklore event, 28.6% would perform in a month, and 21.4% - after two months.
The survey gave respondents the opportunity to share their ideas and suggestions on how traditions can be preserved, developed and transmitted in the current difficult situation. Some of the answers are: "Online chat. Exchange of experience"; "To promote online lessons and thus realize meetings with other teachers, participants and colleagues"; "A good solution would be to create a platform on which we can promote our culture by presenting videos"; "Suitable channel for this purpose are social networks"; "You can organize open-air festivals and spectators can enjoy the program from their cars"; "The only way to preserve and transmit traditions is through the World Wide Web and participation in online seminars"; "Conducting online rehearsals and competitions", "Global online platform for online festival forums".
The results of the study show that:
- The role of folklore in the context of global crisis and social distancing is positive.
- The pandemic situation has a negative impact on the processes of preservation and dissemination of folklore.
- A large part of the respondents continue to maintain their music and dance activities and to upgrade their knowledge in the field of folklore art in alternative ways.
- A large part of the respondents would participate in a webinar / online seminar / with a sample topic "Folklore in conditions of social distancing."
- Half of the respondents are ready to appear on stage immediately after the end of social isolation.
- The ideas and suggestions of the participants in the research, in connection with the ways of preserving, developing and transmitting the traditions in the current situation, are focused on online activities.
Through the research, EAFF aims to fulfill its main mission by optimizing efforts to preserve and spread the intangible cultural heritage, which more than ever needs protection in order to play a unifying role in the most difficult global times.
Follow the EAFF information campaigns in the period of social isolation in the period March 17th - May 12th, aimed at preserving and transmitting knowledge and provoking activities related to the protection of folklore:
- "Stay at home and have fun with EAFF" campaign - even in emergencies EAFF does not stop to create conditions for the preservation of traditions and the spread of folklore. The text engages readers in a "game" who is invited to make a video of them dancing, singing or playing an instrument and share it on EAFF's social media pages.
- UNESCO - "UNESCO provides direct access to its developed online materials focused on learning about living heritage"; "UNESCO launches the Web Platform on Living Heritage Practices experiences and the COVID-19 Pandemic"; "UNESCO proposes distance learning solutions"
- "Share with us your favorite festival photo" campaign - The aim of the campaign is for the audience to move their "lenses" from reality and to remember with a smile the unforgettable moments of the past festival days.
- "EAFF Video Archive Retrospective campaign" - "Enjoy the most fascinating archive videos of the Group "AS" performances"; "Greetings with the temperamental “Shopski tants” (“Shopian dance”), performed by Dance ensemble “Bulgarche”; "Video flashbacks us to the participation of the Children's Ensemble "Mkhedruli" in the VIII World Championship of Folklore "World Folk"; "Video shows a specific throat singing technique"; "Greetings with the songs of Art Group "Guru Songs"; "Enjoy the nimble dance steps of Children's-youth dance ensemble "Kyustendilche"; "A memory from the Awarding and Closing Ceremonies of the IX Championship of Folklore "World Folk" 2019"; "Amazing performance of Tambura orchestra "Dugo Selo" from Croatia"; "Let's remember the Master Class that has built bridges between the nations during the "World Folk" 2017"; "Music group "Avaye Tabari" shows us Iranian instruments"; "The Indonesian dancers from Folklore Ensemble “Kencana Pradipa” presented performances with high artistic value"; "The short film presents the most interesting moments of the International Competition-Festival "SNOWY OSCAR 2020"; "A movie presents the two-hour concert held during the International Music and Folklore Dance Festival "Summer in Bosnia and Herzegovina"; "Video for the "Parade of nations" relays the festive mood of the event"
- "Curious facts about the intangible cultural heritage" campaign - "The inexhaustible power and magical impact ofsix folklore dances worldwide"; "A virtual dance trip from Venezuela to Japan"; "Musical instruments - symbols ofInner Mongolia"; "Easter traditions across the world"; "Ritual dances typical for Romania, Yakutia, Malaysia andInner Mongolia (China)"; "Angklung - one of the treasures of Indonesian music culture"; "Kokle - the national musicsymbol of Latvia"; "The dance as an essential part of the holidays"; "The mask as an expressive dance accessory".
- "Promotion of online festivals - a way to express yourself in a period of social isolation" Campaign – "Take part in the first online festival-contest “CYBER ART”, organized under the auspices of EAFF"; "The innovative brand vision of the CYBER ART online festival-competition has been realized"; "Special edition of "Asia Folk" 2020 will give an opportunity for performes all around the world to take part in the music competition online".
- Survey "Folklore in conditions of social distancing"
- Formal addresses – „Letter of appeal“ – official address in connection with the COVID’19 Pandemic; The official announcement for the International Dance Day - April 29, 2020.