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Over 700 craftsmen from Russia, Belarus, Armenia and Georgia are to participate in IV International Folk Crafts Festival “Voice of Crafts”

Applications from artisans are received in the following categories - traditional female crafts, wooden and birch bark craft painting, valenki (kind of felt boots), wood engraving and wicker-work, blacksmithing, potter's craft and forgotten handicrafts. In addition to it, a unique contest for national cuisine will be held within the framework of the international festival “Voice of Crafts”.

The festival is aimed at popularization of folk arts and handicrafts among the younger generation. It is arranged with an active backing of the Vologda City Administration and a Handicrafts Centre “Reznoi Palisad (Carved Fence)”.

The festival includes creative workshops, lectures and round table meetings where leading experts on folk culture will share their ideas and projects.

In 2017 the festival will coincide with Vologda’s 870th anniversary, as it was first mentioned in historical records in 1147.

Vologda Oblast official website