By tradition, every year at the beginning of September the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum "Etar" becomes the venue for craftsmen from near and far who present their skills and unique articles to the numerous visitors of the International Fair of Traditional Crafts.

The fair's organizers are the Ministry of Culture, Municipaity of Gabrovo, Ethnographic Open-Air Museum "Etar“.
The International Fair of Traditional Crafts at "Etar" is unique for being the only fair based on a museum concept with strict adherence to tradition. The forum's purpose is to inform and educate, as well as to promote the mission of preserving the cultural heritage. During the days of the fair local and foreign craftsmen get together, exchange know-how and make contacts. Meanwhile the event affords an opportunity for visitors to experience traditions in a unique manner.

The programme of the XV International Fair of Traditional Crafts includes:
  • International Fair of Traditional Crafts (2nd – 6th September)
  • International Craftsman Competition in Icon-Painting (2nd – 5th September)
  • International Scientific Conference "Traditional Crafts – Past, Present and Future“ (4th – 5th September)
  • "Textile Articles“ Bazaar Exhibition (2nd September – 20th October)
  • "Traditional Technique of Decoration and Dyeing“ Bazaar Display (2nd – 3rd September)
  • "ArtZone“ Bazaar Display (4th – 6th September)
  • "Mastery from Near and Far“ Exhibition (June – September)
  • "Traditional Crafts from Iran Exhibition (2nd – 6th September)
  • Re-enactments and demonstrations of home occupations and folk customs (4th – 6th September)
  • Music and dance programme (2nd, 3rd and 6th September)
”Mastery from Near and Far“ exhibition dedicated to ХV International Fair of Traditional Crafts
The exhibition “Mastery from Near and Far“ was opened on 16th June at 12:30 h, on the premises of the Wood-Carving Workshop at Etara Ethnographic Open-Air Museum. It is dedicated to the forthcoming ХV International Fair of Traditional Crafts. The display revisits the development of the Fair over time.

The exhibition “Mastery from Near and Far“ is the work of Velichka Ilieva, Chief Curator, and Rositsa Bineva, Curator of "Crafts“ Department.

The display is on until the end of September.
Icon-Painting is the theme of the Craftsman Competition during XV International Fair of Traditional Crafts
The icon is not just a work of painting put on the wall to be admired. It is the connection with the yonder life'. This is the firm belief of Plamen Malinov, a famous icon-painter who works at the Icon-Painting Workshop of Etar EOM.

”An icon is not a regular work of art to hang in the wall. It is not an object for mere admiration. It is the connection one has with the yonder world. There are icons which can cure and this is very much up to the icon-painter and to the man facing the icon. Icons have different influence on different people because the strength of faith varies from person to person.“
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Rositsa Bineva
Fair
088 4772156
r.bineva@etar.bg
Pavlina Damyanova
Craftsman Competition
Rumyana Dencheva
Scientific Conference
088 4769981
r.dencheva@etar.bg
Tihomir Tsarov
Public Relations
088 3569586
t.tsarov@etar.bg
Teodora Uzunova
Hotel
088 7874802
hotel@etar.bg
Ivelina Tsaneva
Finances

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