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EWH represents Edinburgh in Bulgaria

The 3rd partnership meeting of the Added Value for Craft project took place in Burgas in Bulgaria on 21-24 September.

Oct 29, 2014

EWH was represented by Urban Analyst Krzysztof Jan Chuchra and Youth Officer Naomi Webster. During the meeting the partners presented examples of best practice in crafts, each of which will inform the final report on the state of traditional crafts in Europe. The report will be used to build support for the crafts sector at the European level.

The EWH presentation was focused on the traditional conservation crafts such as stone masonry, illustrated by grant funded projects such as the Lynedoch Place lighting and railing restoration scheme, High School Yards and one of the flagship restoration projects - Scotsman Steps. In order to give the audience a better idea of crafts in Scotland, examples of tapestries produced by Dovecot Studios, art noveau silversmithing from the north of Scotland, and the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh were also discussed.

The meeting was concluded by a field trip to the living history museum of Genger in Aitos, where participants could meet various craftsmen creating traditional Bulgarian arts & crafts products. Built in the traditional local architectural style, the museum is designed to specifically showcase traditional Bulgarian crafts. People who visit the museum have an opportunity to see craftsmen at work, buy goods, explore traditional Bulgarian houses and to sample traditional foods.

The final report is now being drafted, which includes contributions from each of the partners. The report will be presented at a conference in Greece next year.

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