11 555 Bulgarians and foreigners have visited the 16th International fair of traditional crafts
11 555 Bulgarians and foreigners have visited the 16th International fair of traditional crafts. This edition of the biggest event for the year in the Ethnographic Open – Air Museum "Etar" was held in the framework of four days from 6th to 9th of September. The Bulgarian exhibitors were 55, the representatives of foreign countries – 30 and 30 participants in the Art Zone. 380 performers joined the folklore programme.

Representatives of various institutions showed interest in the International fair of traditional crafts in 2018. The event was opened by its patron Tsveta Karayancheva, President of the National Assembly. Amelia Gesheva, Deputy Minister of Culture; Lyuben Kanchev, Deputy Minister of Tourism; Ognyan Zlatev, Head of the European Commission's Representation in Bulgaria; Tanya Hristova, Mayor of Gabrovo; Nevena Petkova, Regional Governor; Lena Georgieva, Chairperson of the Municipal Council, diplomats and representatives of various institutions took part in the official ceremony.

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Deputy Minister Amelia Gesheva expresses gratitude for the realization of the Fair
Ethnographic Open – Air Museum "Etar" expresses gratitude to the organizers, the participants and the guests of the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts.

Without the support of the Ministry of Culture and Municipality Gabrovo this event will not have so significant attendance and influence. Special thanks for the support and the guidance. Thanks for the fact that at no time the representatives of these institutions have treated the Fair formally.
Pupils from the school in the village of Kunino take part in the Youth section of the Craftsmen's competition
Three pupils from the school in the Bulgarian village of Kunino take part in the Youth section of the Craftsmen's competition during the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts, which is held from 6th to 9th of September in the Ethnographic Open – Air Museum "Etar".

Ivan Simeonov is in 12 class and Denis Hristov and Pavel Getov are in 11 class.

Youth section is held during the Fair for the second time in 2018. Last year pupils from several art schools took part in the competition in icon - painting. The idea of the youth sections is stimulate the continuity by which the old crafts get a chance to be preserved and to find their place in the present day.
"Palestine, the Holy Land"- exhibition of the Embassy of the State of Palestine in the Ethnographic Open – Air Museum "Etar"
During the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Bulgaria presents the wealth and the exquisiteness of its traditional crafts.

The opening of the exhibition "Palestine, the Holy Land" is on the 7th of September, at 13:00 o'clock in the Exhibition hall of the Ethnographic Open – Air Museum "Etar".

"Palestine, the Holy Land" includes two displays – ethnographical with exhibits of national costumes, household items, souvenirs and photographic display that presents the ancient traditions, culture, historical and natural phenomena of the Holy Land of Palestine. They are part of the travelling exhibitions of the Embassy and are in the Cultural Calendar of the Diplomatic Mission.

The exhibition was presented in many Bulgarian towns, in the framework of major film festivals, related to traditions, crafts, culture and culinary diplomacy. It was on display in the universities in the country, as well as at great charity events with international participation.
Tsveta Karayancheva opened the 16th International fair of traditional crafts
The President of the National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva opened the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts in the Ethnographic open – Air Museum "Etar" at the invitation of the Mayor of Gabrovo Tanya Hristova and the member of the National Assembly Nikolay Sirakov.

The event is held under her patronage and the Ministry of Culture and Municipality Gabrovo are among the organizers.
Tanya Hristova: "Welcome in our Bulgarian home "Etar" museum"
The Mayor of Gabrovo Tanya Hristova has announced in official address that the International fair of traditional crafts, that is held in the Ethnographic Open – Air Museum "Etar" is among the best events of its kind in the country. According to her words this museum evokes feelings, which connect every Bulgarian to his roots.

"This place is like father's home that evokes the most beautiful emotions and brings out the best of the soul of each of us. It is no accident when we want to show our country to somebody, we lead him first here. Because the whole Bulgaria is collected in the hands of the craftsmen from "Etar" museum – regarding the woven rugs, the open balconies, the simits (special breads),the braids, the painted carts, the Bulgarian embroidery.

Words do not have enough power to express that this place brings and the meaning we put into it. "
Assoc. Prof. Svetla Dimitrova, PhD opened the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts
16th International fair of traditional crafts has started in the Ethnographic Open – Air Museum "Etar". The director Assoc. Prof. Svetla Dimitrova made a welcoming speech from the stage, where the folklore programme already gathers many people.

"Dear guests, friends, colleagues, performers!

I am glad that on this special for Bulgaria day you have chosen to be in "Etar" museum. May be our country is the only one that celebrates its Unification. We have struggled for it for more than 14 centuries. Let us remember the covenant of khan Kubrat towards his sons not to divide. We have written "Unity Is Strength" on our first coins after the Liberation. We have placed this covenant on our most important building – the Parliament. I believe that we shall succeed in this so important unification for our society. On this day we give and a good start to the 16th International fair of traditional crafts."
Stone Figures from the Bulgarian Revival Period
Eight artisans will take part in the Craftsmen's competition in stonemasonry – one of the most important events during the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts that is held from 6th to 9th of September in the Ethnographic open – Air Museum "Etar".

Georgi Georgiev, curator and main organizer of the Craftsmen's competition, tells about the stylistic characteristics of the stone plastic arts during the Bulgarian Revival Period.
Entertainment for children during the Fair
The children, who visit the museum in the days of the 16th International Fair of Traditional Crafts (from 6th to 9th of September), will have the possibility to have fun in several places. Museum children's center is situated on the meadow, next to "Strannopriemnitsa" hotel and "Bulgarka" center is next to the parking lot of the museum.
"Art – a Bridge between Cultures" – exhibition of traditional Iranian crafts
The exhibition "Art – a bridge between cultures" which presents traditional handicrafts from Iran will be on display in the exhibition hall above the walnut-oil workshop in the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum "Etar" from the 7th until the 30th of September.
Craftsmen's Competitions – One of the Emblems of the Fair of Crafts in the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum "Etar"
One of the emblematic events in the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum "Etar" is the Craftsmen's competition, which takes place during the International Fair of Traditional Crafts. In 2018 the event will take place between 5th and 9th of September, dedicated to the craft of "Stonemasonry". The tradition dates back to 1981, connected with the celebration of the 1300th anniversary of the Bulgarian state. The competition recreates "a bet", because of which the best master craftsmen of a certain craft "measure their skills" in a couple of days. Initially, competitions were organized among coppersmiths in three successive years (1982, 1983, 1984). In 1985 and 1986 a chance to express their skills was given and to the cutlers. In 1989, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of "Etar", the museum hosted master blacksmiths. Then followed a period in which the interesting event was no longer held – but it wasn't forgotten neither by the museum's staff, nor by the audience or by the craftsman's community in the country. The first international competition was held in 2014 in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Ethnographic Open – Air Museum "Etar". Craftsmen from Serbia, Turkey and Romania took part in it. The Bulgarian craftsmen presented the most popular pottery schools from the Revival Period – from the towns of Busintsi, Troyan and Gabrovo.

In 2018 the craftsmen's competition is in the craft "Stonemasonry" and will start on the 5th of September, a day before the beginning of the ХVІ International Fair of Traditional Crafts.
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.
Assoc. Prof. Svetla Dimitrova, PhD: “Joining of Gabrovo to the creative cities network of UNESCO is a prestige and a commitment to development.”
In front of Zagora NEWS TV Assoc. Prof Svetla Dimitrova, PhD, director of the Ethnographic Open Air Museum “Etar” commented that joining of Gabrovo to the creative cities network of UNESCO is not only a prestige but and undertaken commitment to development.

“I think that for the town itself and for the museum itself, it will be very useful to develop the crafts and to search connection with the design and with art crafts. Gabrovo has one big advantage, as on the territory of the town there are four big museum institutions that work independently. Besides the Ethnographic Open Air Museum “Etar”, there is the National Museum of Education, there is the House of Humour and Satire, there is and the Regional Historical Museum with very rich collections. And an Interactive Museum of Industry has been opened several years ago. The competition that exists among the museum institutions reflects very well on the work. Every institution strives to show something good and searches a point of contact to work together. Personally, I appreciate this creative atmosphere very much.”
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Rositsa Bineva
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