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logo redondoThe IVU was founded in 1908 in Dresden, Germany. The idea came from the French Vegetarian Society. The first Congress was organised internationally by the British Vegetarian Society, and locally by the Dresden Vegetarian Society, with support from the Deutsche Vegetarier-Bund.

Since then, a series of World Vegetarian Congresses have been held in most continents, and, in 2008 the IVU returned to Dresden for the Centenary 38th Congress. From 2012 this major global event has been renamed the ‘IVU World Vegfest’. During 2020, the event has been renamed as “IVU Vegan Festival”.
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