Meet Your Craftsman 2015 – Events with a record number of traditional craftspersons, storytellers and musicians will run in Latvia from March 27 to March 29
This spring, a record number of traditional craftspersons, storytellers and musicians will be looking for apprentices during events that will be held in a total of 170 places across Latvia.
“Meet Your Craftsman!” will again collaborate with the traditional farmers and craftsmen’s fair at Bergs Bazaar.
On Saturday, March 28, the public will have the opportunity to meet various craftsmen, participate in traditional games and dances, and attend lectures and practical classes about national costumes of Latvia.
The second “Meet Your Craftsman!” DVD will also have its presentation at Bergs Bazaar.
The “Meet Your Craftsman!” tradition began in 2009 as part of the School of Traditional Skills.
Similar events take place in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and other countries on the same days as in Latvia.
The objective of the project is to inform the public about preservation of intangible cultural heritage, as well as about craftspersons, their knowledge and skills.
Many craftspersons have been regular participants – some will participate in the programme for the second or third time, but the organisers are equally pleased that many new craftspersons who have not participated in the “Meet Your Craftsman!” events have signed up for this year’s programme.
As usual, most participants will offer the public a chance to learn different traditional crafts, weaving, recipes, said the Latvian National Centre for Culture traditional crafts expert Linda Rubena.
The “Meet Your Craftsman! 2015” programme includes workshops, individual classes, master classes, demonstrations, lectures, concerts, dances and much more.
Participants will be offered opportunity to learn a variety of traditional skills and information about nature and universe, traditional festivals and rituals.
The events will be taking place in libraries, museums, culture centres, educational institutions, and craftsmen’s homes in various cities, towns and regions of Latvia.