From September 4th to 7th in the colorful sub-Balkan town of Shipka will be held again "Shipka Fest" - Days of Arts and Crafts. The host of the event is the Ethnographic Museum "Chirpanlieva House", which is happily preparing to welcome master craftsmen, musicians, artists and lovers of Bulgarian traditions and crafts. Although in a mini version, for another year Shipka residents and guests of the city will enjoy a particularly interesting program.


The festival will start on Friday afternoon, September 4, with the puppet theatrical performance "From the Tower" of the "Small Theater Company" in Gabrovo, and the musical program the same evening will take care of "Surbahar Live band" with guest musician Konstantin Kuchev.


Over the next two days, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, more than 15 artisans from across the country will open their counters in the museum's courtyard to showcase their craftsmanship with outdoor demonstrations.

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Kiril Metrashkov and Stefan Chakov will gather from different parts of Bulgaria in Shipka to show the magic of fire and the traditional making of knives - a very typical craft for the city. Sofka Dimitrova from the town of Shumen will show one of the oldest crafts related to traditional clothing - weaving belts "on bark". The master has been preserving this endangered craft for decades and is inscribed on the national representative list of the intangible cultural heritage "Living Human Treasures". The Burgas master Stanko Kirov from the village of Balgarovo will try to captivate us with another craft of extinction - basketry.


The festival will also host Desi Vladovska - master potter winner of the Grand Prize "Silver Clap" from the master pottery competition of the International Fair of Traditional Crafts 2019 in Etara; Albena Nenkova - stained glass, "The Master and Margarita" - local masters of woodcarving and felting from the village of Enina, as well as Shipka masters - Dancho Danchev and Peter Karaginev. Rumen Milkov, a woodcarver from the town of Maglizh, will also join for the second year in a row.

All craftsmen will allow young and old to test their skills during numerous workshops specially prepared for the festival, such as those of Devira and Nefize Kuyumdzhieva, who will show the little ones how to make macrame bracelets and book dividers with a rope.


In addition to the rich craft palette, guests of the city will be able to see the exhibition "Kalofer Lace" of the Center for Kalofer Lace, Kalofer, arranged on the second floor of the "Chirpanlieva House", as well as learn more about Art Gallery "Hristo Pesev" and the only of its kind in Bulgaria "Museum of Afforestation".


On Saturday night, the music program will be provided by the trio "Kalina and Anton Gudov", "Bass Naroden" and "Soulfia", special guests of the festival, who will make a kind of mix between authentic Bulgarian folklore, ethno rhythms from around the world and Electronic music.


On Monday, September 7, Shipka Fest 2020 will close with workshops on soap making, kene and herbal ointments.


The festival is organized by the National Chitalishte "Svetlina - 1861" and the Foundation "Open Intelligence - OPEN MIND", with the support of the Erasmus + Program of the EU. It aims to revive the sub-Balkan town, to show its hidden treasures and to revive the authentic Bulgarian crafts and folklore. The festival will be held under the sign of Zero Waste, so bring a pitcher, a bowl and utensils so that you can take an active part in this challenge. Plastic containers will not be available. The organizers also appeal to their guests to comply with the anti-epidemic measures established in the country.            

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