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International Folk Crafts Festival «City of Crafts» is to kick off in Vologda on June 29

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

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

According to the organizers, the festival will be devoted to various programs that reveal to the audience the secrets of one of the folk crafts in the heart of Vologda – Kremlin Square.

This year the international festival will gather about 620 artisans from 41 Russian regions and 5 foreign countries. Artisans will show off their virtuosity 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.

Vologda oblast official website