XVII International Fair of Traditional Crafts

The year 2019 marks the 55th anniversary since the opening of the Ethnographic Open Air Museum "Etar".The edition of the International Fair of Traditional Crafts dedicated to this anniversary will be organized based on a new concept. Invitations for participation in the Bazaar Exhibition will be sent only to renowned artisans, whose work distinguishes them and who play an important role in the mission of preserving the intangible cultural heritage worldwide. Apart from offering their articles in an attractive way, they will also demonstrate to visitors the manufacturing process.

In this European Year of Cultural Heritage, the fair is held under the patronage of Mrs. Tsveta Karayancheva, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. 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 fair, held in Bulgaria, organized based on a museum concept and with strict adherence to the traditions. The mission of the fair is to educate and train, as well as to promote and to preserve 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 and inspiring way. To the full programme of the Fair
"Stonemasonry"Bazaar Exhibition Has Been Opened
Petar Petrov, the winner in the Craftsmen's competition in 2018, invited the other participants in the competition to join the "Stonemasonry" bazaar exhibition with their sculptures. The exhibition was opened on the 17th of August on the verandah of the house with tannery workshop at "Etar" museum.

Petar Petrov says that he does not begin to create with preliminary attitude. The very stone suggests to him what to make out of it. He prefers stone pieces of irregular form. He says that the best of his sculptures he has made of imperfect stones. Petar Petrov has realized that there is lots of energy in the rock that fills it with life.
For more than 23 years the sculpture of an eagle, ready to fly at the glimpse of prey, has remained unfinished by him. In the spring of 2019, provoked by his participation in the "Stonemasonry" bazaar exhibition, he has returned to this eagle again and the results are impressive.

The stonemason makes a donation to "Etar" museum – a stone slab with the image of St. George, engraved on it. As a real artist, Petar Petrov does not harm the stone. He strives for a minimal interference and to preserve as many of the natural forms and colours as possible. For him the stone is a way to immortalize a story, a moment among million of years.

Ivan Simeonov, who recently graduated from the only one on the Balkans school in stonemasonry in the village of Kunino and who was the winner in the last year's Youth section at the Craftsmen's competition, takes also part with his works in the bazaar exhibition.
At this exhibition you can see and sculptures by Rumen Barfonchovski, a graduate of the same school, by Elin Georgiev from Aksakovo, by Tsvetelina Angelova from Plovdiv, by Petar Krastev from Roman.
Creative artists, representatives of the cities, included in the Creative Cities Network of UNESCO, take part in the Fair.
For the first time representatives of UNESCO Creative Cities Network join the International Fair of Traditional Crafts. Gabrovo has joined the Creative Cities Network in 2017. Florianopolis (Brazil), Aswan (Egypt) and Weifang (China) are the cities from which three artists come to share with the visitors of Fair a small part of the cultural heritage of their countries.

Thiago Furtado is a visual artist, well known in the art society of his country as Valdi. He was born on the Brazilian island Florianopolis and has been engaged in graffiti since 2006.
The ocean is his main source of inspiration and the sensual feminine figures in his works expresses the beauty and admiration that the artist has for the uncontrollable forces of the ocean.

Raghda Hesham is from Aswan (Egypt). She makes jewels and accessories. During the Fair she will demonstrate how to make necklaces and bracelets out of natural stones and beads. Besides her skills Raghda Hesham will present in front of the visitors of the event and articles from other women craftsmen from Aswan: Nubian plates, mats, fans, made of natural materials, traditional hats, etc.

Wang Yongxun is from Weifang (China). He is a master of kites and president of Weifang Tiancheng Feiyuan Kite Co., Ltd.
The city of Weifang has been announced as the world capital of kites. It hosts the annual Weifang International Kite Festival, which first edition was in 1984. It is held on the 20th of April and attracts tourists from all over the world. During the Fair Wang Yongxun will have a workshop for making of kites. Don't miss to stop by his tent.
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