FIND YOUR ARTISTIC SELF IN EUROPE Refresh screen! Since taking off on your next trip to Europe may not be imminent, all the more time to consider different ways to plan it. Fantastic resources are still available online that let you visit collections and watch performances; did you know that there are also interactive activities to try out?What better way towhet your appetite for that first visit back to Europe? Art festivals are legion in Europe, and some have been rescheduled for as soon as the end of 2020. Look carefully at festival calendars for all the countries for whatever interests you themost. Youmay find a lesser- known event that will introduce you to harder-to-find artists in a location you’d never considered before. How expansive is that? If your taste is for quieter experiences, search for street art walking tours (you can sample them online first!) or itineraries designed for drawing and photographic enthusiasts who seek new and unusual scenery to capture. Dive deep and be amazed at the myriad ways Europe can come to you until you can come to Europe.
Estonia: Eat your way through Estonia 06 Hungary: Budapest's best Urban Art 08 Serbia: The spirit of Serbia 09 Germany: Germany unfolds its creativity 10 Monaco: Reinventing Monaco's Culture 12 Ireland: Ireland's artisitic side 13 Poland: Amazing art in Poland 14 Flanders: A dinasty of Masters 04 Portugal: Inspired by Portugal 03 Denmark: Create a piece of Denmark 05 Wallonia: The Pass 16 Switzerland: Public Art in Switzerland 17 Greece: Paths of Greek culture 18 Czech Republic: Bohemian glass phenomenon 20 Romania: Traditional crafts of Romania 22 Spain: Soho Malaga 21
INSPIRED BY PORTUGAL SKETCH TOUR PORTUGAL: 11 THEME TOURS OF CREATIVITY
What about discovering Portugal with notebooks, pencils, graphite, India ink and watercolors? That was what 24 Urban Sketchers from all over the world did when we invited them to travel through Portugal and share a different perspective on the main tourist sites through their sketches. The project, called “Sketch Tour Portugal”, consisted of 11 themed tours covering all regions of Portugal and a few worldwide events for surfing and golf. We wanted to share with everyone new points of view on Portuguese culture and an insight into Portuguese roots. This initiative helped raise the artistic value of on- location drawing and, at the same time, the artists had the chance to immerse themselves in places that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. In black and white or in color, they had many themes to explore: landscapes, nature, trails, surfing, golf, heritage, gastronomy, faith, the people, nooks and crannies, and details that are often overlooked. To get to know more about the work of these sketchers, the travel videos show the challenges they faced and how they developed new perspectives on Portugal.
You’ll be surprised by these artistic moments and hopefully will inspired for your next trip to Portugal. Complete your trip through Portugal with the hand drawn talent of the Urban Sketchers at https:// sketchtourportugal.com/
Sketch Tour Portugal Sketchers: Alentejo and Algarve Trails Discover the Sketch Tour Portugal
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A DYNASTY OF MASTERS FLANDERS: AN ENDLESS SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
Centuries ago, Flemish Masters such as Bruegel, Rubens and Van Eyck started an artistic revolution. Ever since, the artistic torch has been passed to generation after generation of artists, resulting in a wealth of inspiration. The Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck is one of the masterpieces of the European art canon. This year, the genius behind this painting is being celebrated with events such as the impressive exhibition ”Van Eyck. An optical revolution”. On display were numerous masterpieces from his oeuvre. Although the exhibitionhas come to an end, you can still take a virtual 360° tour of this unique exhibition. One of the Flemish Masters’ many successors was James Ensor, a pioneer in several artistic genres. His work hangs in some of the most prestigious museums around the world, but there is nowhere better to learn about him than in his hometown of Ostend. There, you will find the James Ensor House — where he lived and worked for decades — which now has a brand-new visitor center that immerses you in his world. This creative legacy is still alive today, for example, at LABIOMISTA, which was founded by modern-day master Koen Vanmechelen. It's an evolving art project, laboratory and animal park all in one. The world that
Vanmechelen created is unique, something you can discover even in lockdown. Flanders has an almost endless dynasty of great, creative and influential artists. It doesn't get more inspiring than this!
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CREATE A PIECE OF DENMARK WHERE CREATIVITY AND "HYGGE" GO HAND IN HAND
Get creative in the kitchen! Test your cooking skills and get a taste of Danish culture. We have collected all of the best traditional Danish dishes that will satisfy all of your cravings, whether you have a sweet tooth or enjoy the salty, hearty stuff. Make rødgrød med fløde, bake our traditional rye bread, which is the basis for our famous smørrebrød or cook our favorite thing — anything that involves po- tatoes and gravy. This includes our delicious national dish, roast pork with parsley sauce — which includes potatoes, of course! Get crafty with the Danes! Because you still might be stuck inside, or unable to come to Denmark at this time, we have created the best guide for you to stay creative in a Danish way. Design your own Easter letters, a Dan- ish royal crown, or even your own Christmas decora- tions, for a little piece of Denmark in your home. All you need is a pair of scissors and some colored craft paper. We have got all the tutorials and templates ready for you.
you can still access the best of Danish culture. Dive deeper into Denmark’s arts, designs and culture with new online digital collections from some of Denmark’s most outstanding art studios and museums. Visit Den- mark’s National Gallery online, or the Louisiana Chan- nel, and gain access to exclusive behind-the-scenes footage fromworld-class art galleries, as well as short interviews and in-depth portraits of architects and art- ists
Danish culture from home Make your own Danish decorations Become a Danish MasterChef
Culture from your sofa! Wherever you are in the world,
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EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH ESTONIA
CULINARY WORKSHOPS AWAIT
of the freshly picked and caught ingredients.
Culinary themes are increasingly making their way into museum exhibitions and programs. For example, a guided tour for gourmands in Pärnu Museum connects expositions with a tasting session of specific era-inspired snacks. The Open Air Museum offers Peipus-Russian and Seto culinary cultureworkshops. You can combine a culinary experience with a trip to Estonian nature. Kopli Farm Kitchen inPõlva county andNautseMihkli farm inMuhu are well-known culinary workshop organizers. It’s alwaysagood idea to jump inyour car and tour the farms of small, independent producers across the country. The “Onion Route” in southeastern Estonia strings together several small villages dating back to the 17th century,whentheOldBelieverssettledalongthewestern shores of Lake Peipsi on the Russian-Estonia border. Theworkshopof HoneyHut on theOnionRoute teaches you all about the industrious bees that make it and the steps we need to take to protect the bee population. You can taste honey and learn how to distinguish real quality honey from artificial reproduction. For a more hands-on experience, you can learn how to prepare fish the Estonian way, using fresh produce at Estonia’s
This spring has taught many of us a bunch of new skills — we’re cooking more, picking up old books and binging on more Netflix shows. In June we invite you to discover the world of cooking workshops. Hosted in small groups all across Estonia, you can expand your culinary skills in a safe, private setting while learning about regional food and age- old traditions. You can even travel through time using only your taste buds, by combining a culinary experience with a lesson on Estonian history. Many rural tourism enterprises offer guided mushrooming and berry picking trips, as well as fishing trips, combined with a cooking class
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largest lake, Peipus. Prior to the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to join the local fishermen on a fishing trip at the lake. Not to be missed while in the neighborhood is a good local cuppa. Tea making is the main, most beloved tradition in the community of Old Believers. You will learn how to make a samovar tea from fresh well water and have the opportunity to taste the traditional cooked sugar of Old Believers. There is no food quite as quintessentially Estonian as rye bread. Rye has been cultivated in Estonia for over one thousand years and was a central part of traditional agriculture. In the context of the ever-popular New Nordic Cuisine, chefs all over Estonia have started to experiment with their own versions of the respected loaf. Iti Leeväküük has made its mission offering guests different types of bread made from rye, spelt, wheat, and buckwheat. Participants of the workshop held in the midst of Estonia’s deep south are taught how to bake the traditional farm bread. If you’d like to take your bread making skills a step further, you can start withmilling the flour. Hellenurme Watermill is the last watermill in Estonia still producing flour andvariousothergrainproducts. Last but not least is Estonia’s possibly most popular culinary workshop, which involves painting on marzipan. An old myth
recalls that marzipan was invented within themedieval walls of Tallinn. We can’t confirm or deny this fact, but there is plenty of evidence of the esteemed tradition of marzipan painting. Sweets Mastery in Tallinn offers the opportunity to see the work of marzipan masters and become a master yourself by learning to make, shape and paint your own marzipan figurines.
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BUDAPEST’S BEST URBAN ART THE HUNGARIAN CAPITAL IS BRIMMING WITH URBAN ART
Striking paintings brighten the city, old firewalls serve as huge canvasses, and strange figures appear as if from nowhere. Near the Synagogue on Rumbach Sebestyén Street, a portrait of Empress Elisabeth welcomes you to the district named after this Habsburg royal. Erzsébetváros, “Elizabeth Town”, today is filled with impressive street art. Close by, a vast mural celebrates the famous victory by Hungary’s football team over England in 1953, the action captured beside a newspaper report of the time. Across the street, a painting of a Rubik’s Cube reflects the fact that its code is breakable after 20 turns. As its Hungarian inventor, Ernő Rubik, explains, “There is always a solution — and not just one”. At Kertész Street 27, a mellow mural by Spaniard Dan Ferrer borrows from Alice in Wonderland, portraying a girl breaking out from her environment. Turning into Wesselényi Street, the cover of Time magazine from 1956 is recreated on a huge wall, commemorating the young heroes of the anti-Soviet uprising. Elsewhere in town, street art takes the form of sculpture. Since 1972, László Marton’s Little Princess on the Danube bank has immortalized the sculptor’s own daughter.
Recently, curious works by Ukrainian artist Mihajlo Kolodko include random items around Széll Kálmán Square: a wallet, an umbrella and a skateboard crafted in lifelike fashion. Foreign visitors will recognize TV detective Columbo on Falk Miksa utca, recently joined by ameerkat, outlined in chalk as happens after a crime.
THE SPIRIT OF SERBIA THE LOCAL SOUL WITH THE GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCE
After the Covid 19 pandemic people all around the globe are waiting and looking forward to events that will relax them, bring joy and connection with like- minded people. Here are four such events from the world of fine arts and the world of music. Nadežda Petrović Memorial is one of the most important exhibitions in Serbia and the region concerning visual art and presenting the current visual scene, both Serbian and European. This year it will be in October. The Belgrade Dance Festival has been promoting artistic dance since 2004 through the top achievements of world-famous ballet dancers and choreographers. The BFI provides great support to local professional dancers, choreographers and representatives of all artistic fields.. The BFI will be held in September and November 2020. ARLEMM is a unique music event in the country, a combination of quality artistic and educational content for nurturing spirituality and tradition and developing environmental awareness. It is organized in Arilje in western Serbia. This year it
will be held from 18 July to 2 August. The Serbian Pipe Festival entitled Oj Moravo, in Prislonica near Čačak, is a one-of-a-kind traditional review of the best traditional Serbian pipe players. The Festival, usually held in July, has a rich accompanying program.
belgrade dance festival
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GERMANY UNFOLDS ITS CREATIVITY
Germany the country of “Dichter and Denker”, (Poets and Philosophers) because it values creative artists in art, architecture, literature, design, and fashion. Especially during current times, art has a soothing quality, offering a bridge to more stable horizons. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) created a micrositeunder thetitle#DiscoverGermanyFromHome, which enables you to explore art, music, culture and culinary specialties from the comfort of your home. The museums of Weimar, Darmstadt, Munich, A MECCA FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTISTIC EXPRESSION has always been known as
Schwerin, and Frankfurt are opening their doors so you can enjoy your favorite artists. Nowhere in the world are there so many theaters, museums and concert halls per capita. With almost 6,800 museums, more than 80 opera houses and more than 500 theaters, Germany has possibly the densest concentration of art institutions in the world, paying tribute to its high appreciation of artistic expression. More than 200 fashion and lifestyle events, street art and festivals forge the image of a modern, creative Germany, and more than 300 Michelin-starred restaurants testify to its dining culture and service quality. Art has the power to polarize and provoke, to entertain and please, energize and arouse. But it can also exist for its own sake. This is particularly true for contemporary art, including paintings, video, performance, conceptual and street art, all genres that are exciting to engage with. Playful, unconventional, visionary: Germany’s designers have boundless imagination when it comes to color and form. I n Germany, you can discover a world of design, brands, studios, and universities — all of which shape our lives and futures. Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne or Berlin
are fashion meccas, presenting a diverse, daring, fresh face. The extent to which German fashion — especially in Berlin — has established itself globally is demonstrated by its more than 40 fashion academies, exhibitions and competitions for international newcomers. Karl Lagerfeld, whowas born inHamburg, summarized it when he said, “You can’t escape fashion. Evenwhen fashionbecomesout of fashion, it’s fashion.” On the movie front, the Berlinale is for Germany what the Oscars are for Hollywood, representing glitter and glamour, culture, and commerce. Despite its grand size, the festival is great for meeting new people and discussing the latest films. Other film festivals have also gained a cult following in recent years, namely the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, the Hof Film Festival, and the Ruhr Festival near Recklinghausen.Alsowellworthavisitisthedocumenta in Kassel, one of the world’s premier exhibitions of contemporary art. Since 1955, the international art scene has visited Kassel every five years to explore new horizons on the artistic front. The first documenta was a retrospective of works from major movements, for instance Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, and Futurism, and individualists such as Pablo Picasso,
Max Ernst, and Henri Matisse. Today, the event is still expanding the boundaries of art and art appreciation. Another cult destination is the Museum Ludwig in Cologne: overlooked by the majestic Cathedral, the Ludwig Museum houses modern and contemporary art collections of international standing. Today, the Museum Ludwig is home to one of the most important collections of 20th and 21st century art in the world.
CREATIVE ART EXPERIENCES FROM HOME REINVENTING MONACO’S CULTURE
Monaco's leading art and cultural institutions stay in touch with their audiences and continue to do what they do best — offer innovative initiatives and varied activities. While theMonte-CarloPhilharmonicOrchestra usually offers year-round performances with prominent summer concerts in the Princely Palace Courtyard, now the orchestra continues to delight music lovers with its “At Home” initiative. The musicians perform selected pieces from their repertoire daily and can be watched on the orchestra’s Facebook page. Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, led by Jean-Christophe Maillot, are also sharing some of their finest work online, such as LAC, La Belle, The Nutcracker, and Faust. The “Wake up!” project is a fun video celebrating the end of the lockdown in Monaco by showcasing the company’s members dancing in their homes while getting ready to go back to the Atelier. This year’s artmonte-carlo exhibition could not take place and was replaced with an online catalog of artworks.Thedocumentpresentsaselectionofcutting- edge pieces with commentary by various personalities from the art world. The NMNM (NewNational Museum
of Monaco) presents several exhibitions annually that focus on modern and contemporary works of art. The museum currently offers two workshops on its website to try at home. One workshop is to put together your own variety show, inspired by the ancient technique of shadow theaters. Another one is to work with themoving image and create an animation. Have fun!
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IRELAND’S ARTISTIC SIDE TOP CREATIVE EVENTS IN IRELAND
Prepare to be inspired to visit Ireland in late 2020 and beyond for these fabulous festivals and experiences. This year, Dublin’s Joycean celebration, known as Bloomsday, (June 16th) will be broadcast online through readings, recipes and music. Along the Wild Atlantic Way, wordsmiths and perform- ers alike will go digital in Cape Clear to host a virtual Storytelling Festival (Sept). In Northern Ireland, Atlantic Sessions (Nov) will pres- ent the region’s finest musical talent — keep an eye on the website for updates on events — either live or on- line! Looking ahead to 2021, be sure to attend TradFest (Jan) — Ireland’s largest traditional music festival — featuring live shows in Dublin’s historic sites. On St Patrick’s Day, don't miss the festivals in Dublin and the Home of St Patrick in Armagh. Get set for a ka- leidoscope of creativity in the form of floats, costumes and performances. Taste the Island (Oct) offers up amouthwatering series of events involving Ireland’s artisan producers, world- class chefs and food festivals.
The Belfast International Arts Festival (Oct-Nov) pro- vides a mix of performance art, amazing theatrics and mesmerizing dance. Get spooked at Derry Halloween (Oct) in Northern Ireland’s ancient Walled City. Be sure to get creative — there are lots of costumed activities in store! Halloween in Dublin means celebrating the infamous Count Dracula at Bram Stoker Festival (Oct). Be it in person or online, Ireland’s warm welcome is waiting for you.
Festival Season in Ireland
Unforgettable Festivals in Ireland St Patrick’s Festivals in Ireland
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AMAZING ART IN POLAND
ARTISTIC INSPIRATIONS: PLACES AND EVENTS
here to experience it for yourself.
Visit the incredible Museum of Scrap Sculpture, a modern art gallery inMoszna at 2 Zamkowa St., created in its entirety by one man: Sebastian Kucharski, an artist with a passion. The gallery presents a collection of steel robots, all built by Kucharski himself and inspired by sci-fi films. The biggest figures weigh up to 900 kilograms and are up to 3.5 meters tall. An incredible experience is guaranteed, even if you’re not a young boy! It’s the only place of its kind, not only in Poland, but in Europe! And once you’re inMoszna, be sure to visit the fairy-tale Castle (1 Zamkowa St.) with its 99 turrets and towers and 365 rooms. This is an architecturally fanciful, eclectic structure surrounded by a vast, 200-hectare park and featuringanorangery adjoining the residence. Glassmaking and decoration demonstrations, art education activities, a wide range of cultural events, and a gift shop with handmade souvenirs are just some of the attractions offered by the Glass Heritage Centre in Krosno at 2 Blich St. The center not only presents the history of Krosno glass, which has been famous in Poland and around the world for decades, but also creates it. Expect spectacular glassmaking displays during which you can admire the beauty and creativity
You will find many extraordinary places and exceptional festivals in Poland offering the best examples of wonderful and inspiring art — both the traditional kind, based on time-tested models and historical aspects, and the modern variety, including functional art. Interactive, multimedia museums and arts and education centers, as well as regularly held arts festivals enjoying a permanent place in the events calendar, can serve as fascinating special destinations for visits to Poland. Their diversity and many different forms will satisfy a wide spectrum of interests. In other words, there’s something for everyone. Find inspiration in the following examples (two museums, two festivals) of amazing art in Poland before coming
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of glass art, and also learn the secrets of making and decorating glass in practice. Come here to admire wonderful works of glass art, discover the magic of glassmaking and take home a glass souvenir! From Krosno, it’s not far to the picturesque and “wild” Bieszczady Mountains, just waiting to be explored. Astonishing and inspiring art is also presented during unique artistic festivals with many different themes. One such event is Carnaval Sztukmistrzów in Lublin during which the city streets are filled with artists who prove there is no division of performing arts into juggling, circus, theatre, dance and music. The many kinds of performances are a great attraction for adults and children alike. This is a time of spectacular shows from the frontier of theatre and new circus, organized in the urban space. The program also includes the Urban Highline Festival with stage shows, buskers, music in the streets and much, much more. For a completely different vibe, there’s the Bella Skyway Festival in Toruń. This unique international cultural event highlights the city’s greatest assets: itsUNESCO- listed Gothic heritage, strong ties to astronomy, and modern-day audiovisual art. During the festival the streets and buildings discard their traditional Gothic
red and assume all possible colors. Impressive illuminations, projection mapping, laser shows and numerous concerts, performances and happenings during the festival make Toruń’s Old Town even more special at this time. It’s a huge celebration of light and color!.
Gallery &Museum Amazing Art in Poland
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THE PASS WHERE LEARNING IS BROUGHT LIFE & CREATIVITY IS THE KEY
The Pass near Mons is the most extraordinary destination. A 12,000 m square space where you can expand your mind in hundreds of creative ways. The Pass shows us how we can evolve creatively through science and technology to make the world a better place; how we can stimulate our minds to excite learning, or debate to improve society and our planet. This is a science adventure park where you can enjoy up to 15 interactive exhibitions at any one time, from nature to energy, the human body to cinema, and more. Why not use light as a tool to dance, draw or play music, to learn how to reinvent the world in a creative new way, or interact with artworks? Workshops are abundant. You can build a house with walls, roofs and pipes or learn about aromas and the power of the senses, creating perfumes or cosmetics. Aspiring inventors will find so many exciting projects, trying their hand at creating fabrics of the future — those that can self-clean, block out the sun or resist water. Perhaps create a car, animal or toy on a 3D printer, a piece of clothing with a vinyl cutter or a digital knitter at the Pixel Factory! Cinema also plays an important part. The Palace of Images shows an incredible multi-
dimensional movie set on 5 sides of a giant cube, a film all about the precious ways we conserve H20 and the importance of sustainability. If new ways to learn are precious currency, then this former mining site is rich in knowledge. One-day passes start at 10 euros for children and 15 euros for adults.
Find out more about Wallonia The Pass: a scientific adventures park
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PUBLIC ART IN SWITZERLAND DISCOVER THE ARTSY SIDE OF SWITZERLAND
Switzerland has a lot of public artworks exhibited around the country. Stroll through Swiss cities and dis- cover their hidden gems. An artistic stroll through Zurich shows that art belongs to everyday cultural life in Zurich’s public spaces. The city is a stage for installations that delight and initiate conversation. In Zurich, there are around 1,300 public works of art that you can gaze at in wonder. The city of Zurich actively promotes free public art for every- one. On a short stroll through Zurich, art enthusiasts, city explorers and both amateur and professional pho- tographers alike can discover and admire all manner of works of art, sculptures and art installations. For instance, L’ange protecteur by Niki de Sain Phalle. The sculpture at Zurich Main Station measures 36 feet and weighs 1.3 short tons and is a familiar sight to commut- ers. Basel is famous for its architecture landmarks, muse- ums and art exhibitions, but a stroll through its streets will also reveal artworks and objects that enrich the cityscape. Richard Serra, Jonathan Borofsky, Jean Tinguely and Pablo Picasso are a just of the artists whose works grace the city. The best way to admire
these freely accessible objects is on one of the five walking tours that include an art stroll that passes by 25 works throughout the city. Be your own city guide and enjoy amazing views from Basel’s hills, and inter- esting insights into the city’s history.
Walking Tours through Basel. Art in Public Places in Zurich.
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PATHS OF GREEK CULTURE
FESTIVALS, CREATIVITY & ART EVENTS
in 1960 as the Week of Greek Cinema, and became international in 1992, when a Competition Section was added for feature length films by emerging directors presenting their first or second films. Since the mid 90’s, TIFF has continuously increased its offer of cultural activities throughout the year. The Athens & Epidaurus Festival is Greece’s leading cultural festival and one of the oldest performing arts festivals in Europe, starting in 1955. Every year it hosts performances by numerous theatre, dance, and music artists, acclaimed in Greece and worldwide. Events are held in the months of June, July, and August: the Athens Festival performances are held between June 1st and mid to late July at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Epidaurus performances are held from early July to mid-August at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Peloponnese. The Kalamata International Dance Festival is the most important dance event in Greece. A number of influential artists, whose work has shaped the history of contemporary dance, made their first Greek appearance at the Festival, where the creativity of talented Greek choreographers has been promoted
Festivals and other cultural and artistic events form an intrinsic part of the Greek way of life. After all, it’s only natural that a country with such a rich history in culture and art should keep attracting and inspiring artists over the millennia. Each year, famous international festivals are held in Greece, and you’re invited to enjoy brand new and classical artistic performances in music, theatre, cinema and dance. Thessaloniki International Film Festival is the top film festival in South Eastern Europe, where new Greek productions are presented. TIFF is the oldest festival in the Balkans and hosts the creations of new filmmakers from all over the world. It was founded
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and met with great support. The Festival offers seminars and workshops on contemporary dance to students and professionals alike, while parallel events include publications and video dance productions. Pottery on Sifnos Island dates back to 3000 BC — a heritage craft that has survived to the present day. For fear of pirate invasions, the locals first set their workshops (called tsikalaria) in villages far from the sea. Household items such as bowls, cooking pots, pitchers and jars are typical traditional artefacts, as this craft has been passed on from one generation to the next. Join a pottery workshop during your summer holidays on Sifnos Island. Book your class and enjoy your own traditional artistic creations. On Tinos Island, green and white marble is quarried to make myriad sculptures and other objects. The island usedtobeacenterfortheplasticartsandthehomeofthe most important 19th century sculptors. According to an Ancient Greek tradition, whilemaster sculptor Pheidias was led tohis exileonDelos Island, hewas shipwrecked on Kionia, Tinos Island. During his stay there, he taught marble sculpting to the locals. Whether or not this story is true, a visit to the island’s Archaeological Museum proves his artistic affinity with the island.
In Pyrgos village there is a school for marble crafting. Across the island, towers, churches, busts, small fountains, anddovecotes serve as evidence thatmarble art is thedominant formof art on the island. AVocational School of Fine Arts is open in Pyrgos village, offering courses on artistic marble art. Attendance is free, and subjects taught includemarble sculpture, architecture, sculpture, painting, art history and exhibition.
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Athens & Epidaurus Festival
Kalamata International Dance Festival
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BOHEMIAN GLASS PHENOMENON
CZECH TRADITION THAT CONQUERED THE WORLD
Are you thinking about what souvenir to take home from the Czech Republic? Bohemian glass is definitely the right choice. When you say Bohemian glass, most people will think of Jablonec nad Nisou. The city right next to Liberec is famous for glass and bijouterie production and is home to the one and only museum of glass and jewelry in the Czech Republic. Today, there are still companies in Jablonec that benefit from the local glassmaking history, such as Preciosa, a Czech manufacturer of crystal glass, unique light fixtures and jewelry, following the centuries-old tradition of glassmaking companies. Another company, G&B Beads, continues the tradition of manufacturing original glass jewelry pearls and components. In Central Bohemia near Beroun is the Rückl glass factory, which makes hand-cut crystal glass and many state awards. We definitely recommend visiting the glass factory and taking a tour of the whole production process, starting with the glassworks and ending with the glass-cutting shop. T he Moser glassworks in the west of Bohemia focuses exclusively on hand-made crystal without any lead added. The factory was founded in 1857 in the world- famous Karlovy Vary spa and, twenty years later, it
delivered glass to Franz Joseph I, the Emperor of Austria. Thanks to the unique beauty, quality and trustworthiness of the Moser brand, Moser crystal glassworks became a symbol of recognition and award for the world’s extraordinary people.
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MADE IN SPAIN
The city where Pablo Picasso was born is undoubtedly one of Spain’s unmissable cultural and artistic destinations. The Soho or Art District of Málaga is an icon of urban art and underground culture in the city. It came about thanks to a project begun by local people to reclaim the area and is now supported by the local government and its planning department. Its most recognizable feature is probably the large- scale graffiti art covering some of its buildings. These murals include work by internationally recognized graffiti artists such as Obey and D*face. The district is easy to explore on foot and is very close to Málaga’s main tourist area. Its streets feature independent local businesses with a strong sense of identity, and several art and cultural centers, including private galleries, artists’ studios, La Alameda theatre, and the Contemporary Art Centre; and modern, functional, well-designed public spaces. Soho is perfect for those who want a full sensory experience and a unique, different perspective of the most authentic Malaga, something off the beaten path. Sustainable tourism respects traditions, the environment and new trends, with a dash of art, culture, cuisine, leisure and passion.
MAUS: Malaga Urban Street Art Project Málaga Tourism: Soho, the arts district Spain Tourism Board: Soho Málaga
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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS OF ROMANIA DISCOVER THE ARTIST IN YOU WHILE TRAVELLING
Discover your artistic self by practicing the Romanian traditional crafts, and you’ll get closer to the Romanian heart! Many craft artisans are eager to show you their legacy. Maybe the most famous examples of Romanian traditional art are the painted eggs, linked to the Easter holiday. The intricate patterns used for decorating them are secret languages known only to the initiated ones. Romanian pottery is still made mainly on traditional kick-wheels, using simple tools. Shapes, sizes and patterns reflect the different clays and cultures of the diverse areas where they are produced. There are approximately 30 pottery centers throughout the country, each with its own distinctive style. Horezu pottery is included on the UNESCO list. Looms are still common in homes and women weave and embroider starting in childhood, producing little pieces of art for the family and the household: rugs, wall hangings, table covers, towels, windowdraperies, bedspreads, and clothing. Masks are impressive with their strange and scary images. They are usually worn during winter holidays, especially in Maramureș and Moldavia.
Woodwork is also one a traditional Romanian crafts, especially in Maramureș. The architecture, gates, fences, and household objects have a unique artistic style. Patterns used for decoration such as the tree of life, twisted rope, moon, star, flowers and wolf teeth are associatedwithRomanianmyths and superstitions.