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International Federation of Variety Artists

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International Federation of Variety Artists
Merged intoInternational Federation of Actors
Headquarters11 Maria-Theresienstrasse, Vienna

The International Federation of Variety Artists (IFVA) was a global union federation bringing together trade unions representing entertainers other than musicians and actors.


The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) organised a World Congress of Intellectual Workers in Brussels in 1951, and the idea for an international organisation of trade unions of variety artists arose. This led to a conference in Hamburg in 1952, at which the secretariat was established. Despite the ICFTU's role in its establishment, the IFVA did not affiliate to it, and instead worked closely with the independent International Federation of Musicians and International Federation of Actors (FIA).[1]

One of the smallest international trade secretariats, by 1960, the IFVA had affiliates in five countries, with a total of only 4,045 members.[1] In 1970, the federation merged into the FIA.[2]


In 1960, the following unions were affiliated to the federation:[1]

Union Country Affiliated membership
Danish Artist Union Denmark 200
Norwegian Artists' Association Norway 20
Swiss Artists' Lodge Switzerland 125
Union of Artists, Media Workers and Freelance Workers Austria 1,200
Variety Artistes' Federation United Kingdom 2,500


General Secretaries

1952: Rudi Roeters
1950s: Robert Zagar


1952: Willi Feldmann
1950s: Willy Manley
1960s: Vic Duncan


  1. ^ a b c Goldberg, Arthur (1960). Directory of International Trade Union Organizations. Washington DC: United States Department of Labour. pp. 19.1–19.5.
  2. ^ Fattmann, Rainer (2002). The Long Road Towards Cooperation (PDF). Bonn: Hans Böckler Foundation. ISBN 3-89892-047-X. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
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