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International Exhibition Bazaar
Over the years, the Fair has welcomed expert craftspeople from Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, Lithuania Latvia, Hungary, Kosovo, Serbia, Algeria, Iran, Romania, the Republic of South Africa, Azerbaijan, Germany, Belarus, North Macedonia, the Netherlands, Sudan and Syria. In recent years, contemporary artists with their own perusal of traditions have also been featured at the event. For the first time in 2019, the Fair included representatives of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Craftsman Competition
Since 2003, a key highlight in the program of the Fair has been the Craftsman Competition, which recreates the bets practiced during the period of the Bulgarian National Revival era, between masters of various crafts. The winner receives the Silver Bell Grand Prix, a cash bonus and the right to a solo exhibition at Etar Museum during the year that follows his or her win. Since 2017, there has been a Youth Section at the Craftsman Competition. The winner receives the Bronze Bell prize and a cash bonus.
Alleyway of Tastes with tastings and bazaar
Alley behind the Craftsmen's street, 6th – 8th Sept., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For the first time in the history of the Fair, wineries and makers of various dainties present their produce. The initiative is the result of partnership with the "Augustiada" wine festival.
"The master and the form"
a tangible things exhibition
Exhibition hall, 6th – 30th Sept.

The exhibition consists of articles made during the 2008 and 2014 Craftsman Competitions in pottery. The former edition is presented with works of artisans from Troyan, Gabrovo, Stara Zagora, Sofia and Yambol, while the latter marked the 50th anniversary of "Etar" Museum and saw an international turnout with craftsmen from Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Bulgaria. On the last day of the 2019 Fair articles from the current competition will be added to the exhibition.
"Hollókő, the living village"
an ethnographic photo exhibition from Hungary
Exhibition hall on the second floor over the cowbell-making workshop, 6th – 30th Sept.

Hollókő is the first village in the world put on UNESCO's world heritage list. The exhibition features the picturesque Hungarian village and its environs. Almost every house there is a museum – of history, dolls, postal services and folklore.
a bazaar exhibition
Veranda of the house with tannery, 17th Aug. – 30th Sept.

The exhibition features sculptures and various articles made of stone by six participants in the 2018 Craftsman Competition and by students from the Vocational high-school of stone-cutting in the village of Kounino.
"In dialogue with the past"
an interactive exhibition
Exhibition halls over the wood-carving workshop, 25th July – 31st Dec.

"In dialogue with the past" is a kind of a creative box evoking the curiosity of present-day man in cultural heritage. The items on display in it share their stories from the first person. The exhibition is a museum experiment for breaking up the somewhat unexciting monologue form of communication with history.
Open stage
On the meadow near the "Strannopriemnitsa" Hotel, 6th – 8th Sept., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • A diverse music and dance programme featuring professional and amateur groups from almost all ethnographical regions of Bulgaria
  • Folklore performances from Lithuania, Kosovo and Ukraine
  • Presentation of the participants in the Fair Exhibition and the Alleyway of Tastes
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