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The Kutno Regional Folk Song and Dance group was founded in October 1968, by Kazimierz Jozwiak, The group’s first manager and choreographer. He succeeded in registering the kutno regional costume in the polish catalogue of folk costumes. The group made its name in the international folk scene and its high artistic level, rick costumes and exquisite choreographic arrangements attracted the attention of the state authorities.

The group survived several membership changes until it was disbanded in 1990. In June 2008, Krystyna Korkus efforts brought the reactivation of the ensemble and its registration as an association. The group’s come back performance at the largest Kutno open air festival, the Rose Day was enthusiastically received by thousand of attendees and was clearly the festival’s top attraction. At present the group’s formal status is an association for the public and is the only organization in the region capable of maintaining the local folk heritage, manifesting itself in dance, song and local rites. The group’s activity is tied to the town of Kutno and the association strives to promote the town both within Poland and Internationally.

The group’s program includes 4 stage performances based on local kutno folk traditions: The sounds of the Kutno Meadows , Jan’s Life, Let’s release the wolf, Fun out of the Town’s skirts. The group also stage performances based on folklore of Rzeszow, Krakow, Lublin regions. The association employs a highly qualified team of instructors, including an ethnologist, thereby ensuring the credibility in adhering to the genuine folk heritage of the featured regions and a high artistic quality of the presentations.

Let's dance without limitations !



Under the supervision of Mrs.Esmeralda Concepcion Medina Rodriguez the group became renowned as the Professional group of ori tahiti (tahitian dance), formed about 10 years ago. Tahitian dance, and indeed all polynesian dance is vibrant, unique, and full of provocative dance steps.

Throughout the history of Tahiti, dance was used at virtually every type of event in life. At one point in the day, natives would dance to pray, and at another moment in the day dance to express their happy occassions. Because dance was linked to all aspects of life in Tahiti, the frames, music, and story-telling power of the dances are strong.

Five type of dances are presented during the IEFF-2017 : The ote’a, The aparima, The hivinau,  The pa’o’a and The Kapa. 

Among the percussion is the to’ere; the fa’alete; the pahu  with two skins and beaten with a stick and the pahu tupa’i rima, with one skin, that is played with the hands. The stringed instruments consist of the ukulele and the guitar.



The group is well  known in Tlaxcala, Mexico and participated in most of the International Festivals in Mexico. The group maintains the traditions of the ethnic cultural dances of “Camada Tlacuilohcan” which are directed to the diffusion and sample of the alive traditions of Mexico; Creating a show that integrates the mysticism of ancient Mexico and the present. The main interest is to show those dances that are practiced in communities with people without artistic preparation. Making known the musical and cultural diversity of Mexico and each of its regions.

The group will showcase The French Crews, The Jota, The Sanmarque, The Palomo, The Alcaravan, The Witch, The Bamba in IEFF-2017. The dance of the Quetzales is a millenary tradition that is danced in the North sierra of Puebla, Mexico, its name is due to the use of feathers of this bird in the making of the enormous circular plumes that are used to execute it. The costume consists of a man’s hat with ostrich feathers multicolored, a layer called gazne, carved wooden mask and castanets. And for women, wide pleated skirt and blouse Otomi style. Women and men use sandals as a tribute to the indigenous race, which is pioneer of Carnival in Tlaxcala.

THE SANMARQUE is said that the inspiration of this Chilean was Eleuteria Genchi, a beautiful coast originally from Cruz Grande, but lived in San Marcos.THE PALOMO is a variant of the traditional son, which in Tixtla has a characteristic that excludes the “walk”, forming only a combination of redoubled and alternate steps that go on playing along the melody.THE ALCARAVAN is a dance originated from jiquipilas that represents the mating of the wader called “caraway”, in which the executants try to execute the sensual movements of said bird.

THE WITCH is adance form native to Veracruz, it is the most famous and most representative dance of the region, because it is part of the traditional jarocho. It is a son jarocho that treats about a woman who is very uninhibited and attracts the men with its charms, although in the letter of the song does not say it textually, that is concept of the song.



Bungong is an Aceh Folk Dance Team, named after the Aceh’s local language “Bungong” which literally means flower in English. The team is strongly formed with students from Urban and Regional Planning major, Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada. Since the debut of the team in 2011, Bungong has performed in several occasions in Yogyakarta and overseas.

Bungong dance repository includes : RATOEH DUKET , TAREK PUKET , LIKOK PUKET

Ratoeh Duek/Ratoeh Jaroe – In Aceh traditional language, Ratoeh means dance/dancing and Jaroe means hands/fingers. Ratoeh Jaroe is one of Aceh’s folks Dance which focus on speed, rhythm, and synchronization of the dancers’ hands movements. The dance is accompanied with dynamic rhythm music from a rapa’i and the singer sings songs of happiness, life and praises to Allah. The pure departure to restore the spirit of the people of Aceh post tsunami 2004 ago. This dance is indeed a commodification, there is a part of Saman also in it. 

Tarek Puket - is one of Aceh’s Folks Dance, an improvised version of Ratoeh Duek. It symbolizes Aceh’s people spirit and passion in working together as fishermen or farners. Ropes and other equipments are used in this dance.

Likok Puloe – is one of Aceh’s folk dance, likok means dance movement and puloe means island. Likok puloe comes from the coast of Aceh and traditionally performed during the harvesting season.



The National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippine is the official arts council for the Philippines. the organization works for the development of Pluralistic Culture Promotion of Historical and Cultural Heritage Dissemination of Artistic and Cultural Works. NCCA objective is Preservation and Integration of Traditional Culture Ensure Standards of Excellence.

The official folk dance group of NCCA of philippines was formed by dance enthusiasts that enjoy the beauty of Filipino folk dance. For the past seven decades years the PB have traveled to the different stages of the world across Asia, Europe and North America, providing a window to the complex and culturally rich history of the Philippines.
The troupe continues to research, preserve and showcase the diverse multi-cultural Philippine life, with its customs, traditions, various religions, depicting the gaiety and friendliness of its people through its performances of the native arts in their authentic form. The folk-like and unaffected atmosphere of the performances have won the world over as they present the story of the Philippines through a panorama of songs, dances and music.



A band is not just a group of 3 individual musicians playing together who perform instrumental music with singing. The band has a got its own personality, its own goals, playing since 15 years, who plays both the traditional and modern music and seek not only to promote a particular musical genre but also to take music into different dimensions by spreading ideas of hope, peace and multiculturalism through Moroccan -African rhythms. 

The group displays a high level of creativity in composition demonstrating superior use of compositional techniques, sophisticated development of ideas and musical refinement. The group demonstrates a superior level of performance based upon stylistic refinement and highly developed technical skills.

 The Group explores sound and analyze about how music can represent the world and that they can make music to represent their ideas about the world. The group use the knowledge of the elements of music, style and notation to compose, document and share their music. The group performs music they have composed by improvising, sourcing and arranging ideas and making decisions to engage an audience.

The music instruments used by the group in their music are: THE GAMBRI also known as the Guembri, is a three stringed skin-covered bass plucked lute, THE BANJO is a four-, five- or six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head, THE RIBAB a stringed musical instrument, related to the lute, THE tam-tam a musical percussion instrument which will be accompanied by singing.

The Group has participated in many national and international festivals in Spain, Italy. The band had aslo performed at many other concerts nationwide from south to north.



The group is composed of female orchestra names as “Nahawand Orchestra” is a meeting between music professional teachers who were gathered by a passion for music and the pleasure of giving birth to melodies and songs to spread the joy and happiness around them. Their purpose is to give life to Tunisian Andalusian classical repertory, and research in widely Tunisian and Arabic folk heritage.

The project is primarily based on a stylistic and emotional research to make the old musical memories fusing with new composition of our days, focusing on the Tunisian identity, mixing the Tunisian musical heritage, the traditional clothes and the Tunisian dance depending on the event.

The group preserves the folk music of their native country, embellishing it with Moogs and other modern elements. While Tunisian popular music often beautifully embodies nuances of its classical and folk music.
The group participated at many national festivals and got recognized internationally by their live performances at Lybie, France, London, alger, Bahrein, Turkey, Qatar, Taiwan, Jordan, Malaisia since 2010.

INDIA (Punjab State)


Fateh Folk Art Dance Academy official team from Dhanaula, Punjab state of India lead to Mr.Satnam Singh Fateh will be performing at IEFF-2017, who are reputed as The Best Team in Punjab.

The Group was formed in 2000, with young and energetic group members dedicated in providing high quality folklore exposure and understanding instructions in all facets of Indian Punjabi folk dance and music.  Maintaining the true traditional dance forms with ancient music of Punjab State, which are very spectacular and interesting.
The group motivates and develop young minds into the art of Indian Punjabi Folklore Dance and Music. The group vision is to improve and to remain Punjabi culture in dance and music, working with a mission to introduce Indian Punjabi’s culture to international world in good relationship with cultural exchanges. 

The Group has collaborated and in cooperation with several schools, universities, and many art clubs, who are interested in preservation of cultural, with combination of expertness and experiences.



INTI LLACTA MANTA  is a school of folkloric dance from Ecuador, which was founded on September 15, 2012 in San Antonio de Pichincha. The objective of the group is to rescue and disseminate Ecuadorian cultural identity through dance and to build peace and harmony. Half the World Ecuador, under the direction of master choreographer MARIO ANTONIO MANTILLA BAYAS with more than 40 years of experience, winner of several artistic Folklore festivals such as the Golden Equinox 2013, Sun Temple 2014, Carnival of Amaguaña 2015, among others.

For the indigenous native of Ecuador, dancing the San Juanito expresses a communal message of unity feeling, identity, and relationship with Mother Earth (Pacha mama).Today the San Juanito is a part of the repertoire of various traditional festivals and social gatherings across the country.During lively festivals, dancers showcase their best moves and dance forming circles and small trains of people.According to the Ecuadorian musicologist Segundo Luis Moreno, Sanjuanito was danced by indigenous people during San Juan Bautista’s birthday. This important date was established by the Spaniards on June 24, coincidentally the same date when indigenous people celebrated their rituals of Inti Raymi.

The Panama hat is of Ecuadorian origin, and is known there as “Sombrero de paja toquilla”, or a Jipijapa. It is made principally in Montecristi, in the province of Manabí and in the province of Azuay. Its manufacture (particularly that of the Montecristi superfino) is considered a great craft. In Cuenca an important Panama hat industry exists.

The most popular folk music of all is considered the Pasillo, which originates from the classic Viennese waltz. It is currently part of folk culture and has a slow rhythm, poetic and sentimental texts, and melancholy melodies.



The Raha Group was founded in 2015  by Hafez Niknafs a world class musician and composer at Aminshahr of Iran. Iran is home to several ethnic groups. Iranian folk music as the one of the oldest and most influential cultural traditions in the Middle East. 

The traditional music of Iran is a message, a call from the artist’s innermost consciousness. the folk music traditions had their strongest roots in the rural regional areas, with separate heritages in the different regions. Furthermore, Iran contains several ethnic minorities with their own variations of Iranian folk music, including Azeri, Bakhtiari, Baluchi, Kurd and Turkmen peoples.

Raha as the inheritor of the art of Music has been active for since two years. The group is composed of  of five world class musicians Santur Player : Hafez Niknafs,  Kamancheh Player: Soroush Khaksarjalali Kamanche Alto: Sajjad Mohebi Tombak and Percussion Players: Alireza Shahine and Sepehr Khaksarjalali.

The santoor is a trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer or string musical instrument made of walnut, with seventy-two strings. It is the national musical instrument of Iran. The kamancheh is an Iranian bowed string instrument made of wood. 

The group performed at the majority of the National Arts festivals and was awarded with top titles.