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 the Ethnographic Open Air Museum “Etar” is the only one fair, organized on museum concept and with strict adherence to the traditions. The purpose of the fair is to educate and train as well as to promote the mission of safeguarding the cultural heritage. During the days of the event artisans from Bulgaria and foreign countries meet, exchange experience and make new contacts, and the visitors get the opportunity to experience the traditions in a unique way.

The programme of the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts includes:
The President of the Bulgarian Parliament shall open the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts
Tsveta Karayancheva, as President of the Bulgarian Parliament, is the patron of the International Fair of Traditional Crafts and shall open the event on the 7th of September in the Ethnographic Open Air Museum “Etar".

Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Gabrovo and Ethnographic Open Air Museum “Etar" are the institutions that organize the event. During the fair there are many events, attractive as to the general public, as well as to the scientific community. Extremely popular event, the International Fair of Traditional Crafts performs the important role to preserve traditions from the way of life of the Bulgarians in the past to the modern times.
The craftsmen’s competition is in stonemasonry for the first time
This year the craftsmen's competition - one of the most important events during the16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts will be held from 5th to 8th of September, 2018. For the first time in the history of the competition, the subject is stonemasonry. Masters from the Association of the Bulgarian Stonemasons will compete. Students from the only one school of stonemasonry on the Balkans – Professional High School of Stonemasonry in Kunino will take part in the youth section. The 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts will be held from 6th to 8th of September, 2018.
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The website of the International Fair of Traditional Crafts has been active since 2003
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Contacts
Rositsa Bineva
Fair
+359 88 4772156
r.bineva@etar.bg
Georgi Georgiev
Craftsman Competition
+359 88 2956221
g.georgiev@etar.bg
Svetlozar Tododrov
Coordinator
+359 88 5865966
s.todorov@etar.bg
Tihomir Tsarov
Public Relations
+359 88 3569586
t.tsarov@etar.bg
Pavel Mitkov
Hotel
+359 88 7874802
hotel@etar.bg
Ivelina Tsaneva
Finances
+359 66 801840
i.tsaneva@etar.bg

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