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The 2nd edition of the Gannat International Conference will be held as part of the “Festival of World Cultures”, a festive, cultural and annual institution in the village of Gannat in Auvergne (France). For ten days, this event brings together dancers, musicians, artists, volunteers and a large audience from all continents, advocating a super-diversity of cultural exchanges, musical and choreographic practices. These celebrations, combining local culture and traditional exchanges, were initiated nearly fifty years ago by Jean Roche and his association La Bourrée Gannatoise, which brings together and interprets the musical and dance cultures of northern Auvergne. Today, the National Association Cultures du Monde, which organizes the festival, is an official representative of the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO, and a partner-member of many prestigious European institutions for the safeguarding of musical and folklore traditions (CIOFF, EMC, IMC, AMTA, etc.). The festivities bring together nearly 30,000 visitors each year and allow local populations to interact with people from all over the world in a wide range of languages.
This conference is jointly organized by the National Association Cultures du Monde represented by Dr Vikrant Kishore (Deakin University, Australia), Etienne Rougier (University of Montreal, Canada), and a formidable team of volunteers, students and young professionals from all over the world. 



Cette conférence se tiendra dans le cadre du Festival des Cultures du Monde, une institution festive, culturelle et annuelle du village de Gannat en Auvergne (France). Cet événement réunit pendant dix jours des danseurs, des musiciens, des artistes, des bénévoles et un large public de tous les continents, prônant une super-diversité d'échanges culturels, de pratiques musicales et chorégraphiques. Ces célébrations, associant culture locale et échanges traditionnels, ont été initiées il y a près de cinquante ans par Jean Roche et son association La Bourrée Gannatoise, qui rassemble et interprète les cultures musicales et dansantes du nord de l'Auvergne. Aujourd'hui, le festival fait partie du patrimoine culturel immatériel de l'UNESCO et est membre de nombreuses institutions européennes pour la sauvegarde des traditions musicales et folkloriques (CIOFF, EMC, AMTA, etc.). Il rassemble près de 30 000 visiteurs chaque année et permet aux populations locales d’interagir avec des personnes du monde entier dans un large éventail de langues.


Dans le cadre de l'Année internationale des langues autochtones lancée par l'UNESCO, cette conférence sur « Les langues autochtones, musiques et danses traditionnelles au sein de performances interculturelles » est organisée conjointement par le Dr Vikrant Kishore (Université Deakin, Australie), Etienne Rougier (Université de Montréal, Canada) et l’Association Nationale des Cultures du Monde (ANCM), l’association organisatrice du festival.

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  • Conference Welcome by Dr Vikrant Kishore (conference convener/curator), Deakin University, Australia
  • Welcome on behalf of Gannat International Folklore Festival – Etienne Rougier (conference co-convener), Montreal University, Canada
  • Conference Overview and introduction of the speakers by Dr Nic Leonhardt, Munich University, Germany
  • Opening notes: Vice-Chancellor - Prof Sanjeev Kumar Sharma (Mahatma Gandhi University, India)
  • Keynote by: SHARON LOWEN (Celebrated dancer and researcher)



  • David Rosales Muyaes, Mexico
  • Prof. Alphousseyni Diato SEYDI, Senegal
  • Norah Beatriz Valverde Tapia and Raissa Sofía Torrico Valverde, Bolivia
  • Vikrant Kishore & Dhvani Joshi, Australia
  • Prof Ambrish Saxena & Mudita Raj, India


Kindly note the Start time according to your region: 
Melbourne: 9:00 pm
India: 3:30pm
France: 12:00pm
Senegal: 10:00am
Mexico: 5:00am
Bolivia: 6:00am
Zoom Registration link:
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Oct 16, 2020 09:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney 
Topic: STORYTELLING THROUGH MASKS: RITUAL, RELIGION, RESISTANCE (16th October - start time: Melbourne: 9:00pm, India: 3:30pm, France: 12:00pm, Senegal: 10:00am, Mexico: 5:00am, Bolivia: 6:00am)

Register in advance for this webinar:


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Register for the Conference!
25 July 2019, 10:00 am GMT+2
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