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Debrecen Folk Craft Festival

The Debrecen Folk Craft Festival is a unique initiative of the Folk Art Association of  Hajdú-Bihar County and it will be organized for the ninth time this year.

The purpose of the event is to present the traditional crafts of Debrecen and Hajdú-Bihar County in a busy, prominent location in Debrecen and in the most diverse way possible. People interested in folk crafts are welcome in the pedestrian zone of Csapó Street on 13rd and 14th of September.

Handicrafts made in the city in the 17th and 18th centuries onwards were among the finest goods at the European fairs, and craftsmen were the chief citizens of the city.

Today, it is a difficult task to combine tradition with innovation, but the Folk Craft Festival is probably the best possible way to do that.

At the Festival, today’s handicraft masters will show their knowledge inherited from their predecessors and visitors can experience the beauty of the crafts themselves at the open workshops. 7 handicraft workshops will be organized including pottery, weaving, gingerbread, embroidery, bead, felt, shepherdry, leatherworking. There will be 2-2 masters per workshop.

Entrepreneurial children can prove their skills on both days of the festival and win the title of “7-Trial Young Masters”. Entry is free and winners will receive a memorial card and gift.

The event will also feature masters of horn-bone carving, metalworking, fiber-spinning, wood-carving, as well as knife and leatherwork masters.

The guest of honor of the event is the only folk handicraft training center of Eastern Hungary, the Nádudvar Folk Handicraft Vocational School (belonging to Berettyóújfalu Vocational Training Center). The school will focus on felt making and the presentation of a felt yurt.

The Ambassador of Mongolia to Budapest is expected to attend the event too.

Time and location: September 13-14, 2019, the pedestrian zone of Csapó Street

The event was published in collaboration with Visit Debrecen.


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