National Exhibition of Folk Arts and Crafts
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The National Exhibition of Folk Arts and Crafts is located in village Oreshak, 7 km from Troyan and about a kilometer from the Troyan Monastery.

The National Exhibition of Folk Arts and Crafts in Oreshak is the only place in Bulgaria where artists from across the country display their contemporary art works. The idea for its creation came from the recent past. In the second half of 18th century, August 15th, Assumption - the Troyan Monastery’s feast, was the beginning of an organized craft fair in Oreshak. A few years it became one of the largest fairs in Northern Bulgaria. It became a meeting place for artists from all over Bulgaria.

Националното изложение на народните и художествени занаятиThe exhibition was opened in 1971. Built on an area of ​​50 acres, it has 8 halls with a total exhibition area of ​​4,500 square meters and a multipurpose conference room. The main purpose of the exhibition is to show this original side of the Bulgarian artistic genius - the traditional crafts, and to encourage their development. This is accomplished through international, national, authors’ and other exhibitions of artists from across the country and abroad.

In the middle of the 20th century, the interest in the works of folk arts and crafts revived gradually rose. In 1967 the folk crafts masters were united in an organization called the Association of Masters of Folk Crafts, with headquarters in Sofia.

Since 1981, the National Fair of Folk Art Crafts was born from a donor movement. Bulgarian and foreign artists donated over 1,080 objects that are continuously exhibited in one of the halls.

Annually the complex organizes national and international exhibitions with the participation of Bulgarian and foreign artists. Ceramics, wood, metal, fabric, embroidery, jewelery, weapons and more are displayrd in the halls.

In addition to live demonstrations of various crafts, such as pottery and carvings, visitors can themselves take part in creating something with their own hands. Here a variety of items and souvenirs are sold.

Every year on August 15th, when the Troyan Monastery Church feast is, four days Crafts Fair is held at the exhibition, and during the Easter holidays an Easter Fair is held. Artists present their works in the courtyard of the exhibition during the fairs.

Twenty 20 years ago, from the exhibition of traditional crafts the "Feast of plum and Troyan plum brandy" started and became tradition.

 


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