Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the XVII International Fair of Traditional Crafts from September 6th to 8th 2019 at the Ethnographic Open Air Museum “Etar", Gabrovo, Bulgaria.

For the first time the fair was held in 1990. The event aims to restore a fair from the recent past in a museum environment with an emphasis on handicrafts. Since 2003 the fair has been held with international participation. This provides an ample opportunity to draw a parallel between the world and Bulgaria's cultural heritage.

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 17th International Fair of Traditional Crafts includes:
  • International Fair of Traditional Crafts
  • Craftsmen's Competition in Pottery
  • Exhibition Bazaar “Stonemasonry"
  • Activities for children
  • Folklore Programme

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Svetla Dimitrova
    Director of EOAM “Etar”
    The website of the International Fair of Traditional Crafts has been active since 2003

    Rositsa Bineva
    +359 88 4772156
    Georgi Georgiev
    Craftsman Competition
    +359 88 2956221
    Svetlozar Tododrov
    +359 88 5865966
    Tihomir Tsarov
    Public Relations
    +359 88 3569586
    Pavel Mitkov
    +359 88 7874802
    Ivelina Tsaneva
    +359 66 801840


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