TheAdifolk Association for Promoting Folklore has been organising the International Conference on Folklore (JIF) every September for the last forty-two years, attended by dance groups from around the world. The year’s conference takes place from 4 to 7 September in various towns and villages throughout Catalonia, but the concluding session will be held in Barcelona, with events at Montjuïc Castle and the Sant Andreu Teatre.
Groups hailing from Peru, Slovakia, Albania, South Africa and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be the guests at this year’s conference, which opens with a big party at Calella on Thursday. The first JIF was held in Barcelona in 1972 was promoted by Esbart Lluís Millet, under the slogan of ‘folk dances for our folk’.
After its exhibitions at Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Santa Maria de Palautordera, Rajadell, Puig-reig and Hospitalet de Llobregat, the conference will conclude in Barcelona on Sunday evening, on 7 September. An event will be held at Montjuïc Castle at 5 pm, involving the South African group Mazibuye Emasisweni Taxido, the Arbana National Ballet of Albania and the Xàldiga Sardana-Dance Group. And an hour later, at 6 pm, the Turkish Cypriot group Othello, the Slovak group Raslavican and the cobla or traditional Catalan music ensemble Volta el Món will be offering a dance display at Sant Andreu Teatre.