Programme

The International Fair of Traditional Crafts at "Etar“ EOM 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:
2ᴺᴰ – 6ᵀᴴ SEPTEMBER
OPENING: 2ᴺᴰ OF SEPTEMBER, 11:00 HRS
International Fair of Traditional Crafts
For 15 years running masters from near and far have been meeting at the Fair to demonstrate traditional techniques. Each of the items on display bears the singularity of being handmade, the signature of its master and the living connection with the national or local artistic traditions. This year apart from Bulgaria, craftsmen from the Republic of South Africa, Sudan, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, Romania and other countries are joining the Fair.
2ᴺᴰ – 5ᵀᴴ SEPTEMBER
OPENING: 2ᴺᴰ OF SEPTEMBER, 12:30 HRS
Craftsman Competition
For the first time in the history of the Competition the theme is icon-painting. Vying for the Silver Bell Grand Prix will be masters from Bulgaria, Albania, Russia, Romania and Ukraine.

A novelty this year is the Youth Section of the event (3—5 September) in which students from high schools of art from across the country are taking part.

2ᴺᴰ – 3ᴿᴰ SEPTEMBER
PRESENTATION OF THE PARTICIPANTS: 2ᴺᴰ SEPTEMBER, 15:00 HRS
"Traditional Techniques for Decoration and Dyeing" Bazaar Display
For a third year in a row the editions of the Fair have had a highlight which provides continuity with the theme of the Craftsman Competition. This year icon-painting takes us to dyeing with vegetable dyes and decoration of traditional clothing. The bazaar display shows gingham making, making decorative felt and articles from corn leaf, braid dyeing, decoration of Rhodope slippers etc.
2ᴺᴰ SEPTEMBER – 20ᵀᴴ SEPTEMBER
OPENING: 2ᴺᴰ SEPTEMBER, 10:00 HRS
„Textile Articles" Bazaar Exhibition
The author of the exhibition is Mariyana Georgieva from Plovdiv, the winner in the Craftsman Competition "Tablet Weaving of Belts" in 2016.

The craft of "Tablet Weaving of Belts" has been listed among the highlights in the Bulgarian intangible cultural heritage. Surviving today, the technique "Tablet Weaving of Belts" has been known since the times of ancient Egypt.

Today, one of the disciples of this textile technique is Mariyana Georgieva Dimitrova from Plovdiv. She was born on 12 December 1963 and graduated the Ana May Vocational Dress Making School in Plovdiv. In 1984 she began her apprenticeship with craftswoman Stoyna Krastanova. In 1986 Mariyana joined the Fellowship of Masters of Folk & Art Crafts with the craft "Making Art Textiles" and has worked for many years in textile crafts promoting the Bulgarian cultural heritage.
4ᵀᴴ – 6ᵀᴴ SEPTEMBER
PRESENTATION OF THE PARTICIPANTS: 4ᵀᴴ SEPTEMBER, 11:00 HRS
"ArtZone" Bazaar Display
For the first time in the history of the Fair a special area has been dedicated to contemporary artists where they are free to present their present-day interpretation of traditional crafts. This is the place to see the development and contemporary application of various traditional techniques of sewing, knitting, decoration and dyeing. The works are unique and exclusively handmade.
4ᵀᴴ – 5ᵀᴴ SEPTEMBER
OPENING: 4ᵀᴴ SEPTEMBER, 12:00 HRS
XIII International Scientific Conference „Traditional Crafts – Past, Present and Future"
Work in the forum is divided into two sections:
Section 1: Icon-Painting
Section 2: Traditional Crafts in the Past and Today

Forty-two Bulgarian and seven foreign specialists from Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Sudan and Macedonia have applied to join the conference.
JUNE – SEPTEMBER
"Mastery from Near and Far" Exhibition
This is a retrospective exhibition devoted to the ХV International Fair of Traditional Crafts that presents foreign participation over the years through photo and video material, as well as more than 100 donated and bought off items kept at "Etar" EOM archives.

Authors: Velichka Ilieva, Chief Curator of "Etar" EOM, and Rossitsa Bineva, Curator of the "Crafts" Department
4ᵀᴴ – 6ᵀᴴ SEPTEMBER
10:00 – 16:00 HRS
Re-enactments and demonstrations
This section of the Fair includes demonstration of home occupations from the traditional lifestyle of Bulgarians – beating butter in a Balkan Mountain dairy farm, smoking and drying of plums, making jam etc.; as well as demonstration and training in blacksmithing and grinding of corn etc.
2ᴺᴰ – 6ᵀᴴ SEPTEMBER
OPENING: 2ᴺᴰ SEPTEMBER, 13:30 HRS
„Traditional Crafts from Iran" Exhibition
The exhibition features works of the traditional Iranian miniature and calligraphy, as well as items of the traditional Iranian crafts "Ghalam-zani" (engraving on metal), „Meenakari" (enamelling) and „Khatam-kari " (incrustation on wood).
2nd September
3rd September
6th September
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Archives
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Contacts
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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