The International Lace Festival VITA LACE supported by the RF Ministry of Culture was held in Vologda twice – in 2011 and 2014
From June 23rd through 25th, 2011 Vologda became home the 1st International Lace Festival VITA LACE. The festival was organized by the Vologda Oblast Government with an active backing of the RF President, the RF Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Agriculture.
800 trade visitors from 24 Russian regions and 10 foreign countries attended it. Foreign and Russian companies displayed their products, equipment and achievements in flax cultivation and processing.
The program of the festival included lace making competitions and exhibitions, thematic lace making workshops, round-table discussions, fashion shows and numerous accompanying events of a creative and cultural nature.
A large open-air master class was held as part of the VITA LACE festival. 570 lace-makers from different regions of Russia and foreign countries gave a master class in the art of lace-making in the city's central square. The members of 8 countries as well as representatives from 22 Russian regions took part in this campaign. The lace-makers were set in a special way - in the form of a snowflake, the main lace element. The record-setting was registered by a representative of the Russian Book of Records in the presence of the wife of the Russian President.
The 2nd International Lace Festival VITA LACE was indicated by the Vologda Oblast Government as one of the priority cultural events in 2014.
The Festival was devoted to the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Vologda’s laces were used in the Olympic patchwork quilt.
The scope of the event was also impressive. Trade visitors from Russian regions, from France, Belgium, Denmark and Bulgaria attended it.
The 3rd International Lace Festival VITA LACE will be devoted to ecology and environment. The Russian president has signed a decree making 2017 the Year of Ecology. The move is designed to attract public attention to environmental problems, maintain ecological diversity and protect the ecological security of the country.
The highlights of the Festival - an exhibition-competition "Lace of life", a photo exhibition, fashion shows and master classes.
Vologda lace, a brand name today, has a proud history, which began in the 18th century. The patterns of floral, ornamental designs, with flowing and smooth lines, are produced mostly in white. They look like a frosty window in winter. Made of flax or cotton threads, Vologda lace is light, yet durable and strong. Vologda flax has a special quality, called "northern silk."