PEATS Bulgaria – Various Crafts

Dates: 7th August – 7th September 2017
Number of UK Participants: 8 (FILLED)
Duration: 32 days

There will be a trainer placement with this host, details to follow.

This placement is hosted by Ms Velislava Chilingirova, a tourism expert with a wealth of experience working on international projects, who is based in Troyan, central Bulgaria. The four week placement will give participants an inspirational insight into the rich cultural heritage and craft traditions which exist throughout Bulgaria. Participants will fly from an allocated airport in the UK (designated by Grampus Heritage) to Sofia, where they will be met by the host partner Ms Velislava Chilingirova.

The itinerary for the  2017 placement:

7 August 2017: Arrival at Sofia Airport, meeting by Velislava Chilingirova; transfer to the region of Troyan – famous center of traditional and modern ceramic.

7 – 16 August – 9 nights stay: The students will stay in the EcoArt guest house in Drashkova Polyana village and will have lessons with Encho Gankovski – husband of the owner Vili Gankovska /a photographer/. They are both 65-70 years old, but have long experience in training of students /since 2006 all Grampus groups worked in their atelier/. The students will have opportunity to visit the National Crafts museum in Troyan, to have walks around to the forest, and on 15 August to go to nearby Troyan monastery for its church holiday and traditional crafts fair. After they leave Encho will fire and glaze their products and they will receive the ready ceramic pieces in the next week. Accommodation in twin rooms; meals cooked by the host.

16 August – transfer of the group to Devetaki Plateau area – in Bilkarskata guest house in Gorsko Slivovo village. Cultural visit to Lovech – the district town – on the road and a sightseeing tour around the town, shopping, visit to Devetaki Cave.

16 – 26 August – 10 nights stay: Training in traditional domestic crafts – making decorative textile flowers; knitting; felt making; collecting herbs, cooking, gardening. Also some training and work in the neighbouring Kramolin village – cleaning tourist sites; knitting and crochet. Free time at the weekend; possibility to visit a swimming pool and waterfalls at neighbouring village Krushuna. Accommodation in twin rooms; meals cooked by the host.

26 August – Transfer to Gabrovo with a cultural stop at Sevlievo /visit to Medieval fortress and town Hotalich/. Accommodation in private flat and self-catering for 10 nights.

27 August – Visit to Ehnographic complex Etara to participate in local event on Sunday.

28 – 31 August: in Etara: : First guided walk, meeting the trainers and discussion of the program.  Training in Domestic women crafts – weaving with maize leaves, dying with plants and roots, weaving a belt, traditional bread making and decoration; possibility for making copper bells for boys.  Training days in Etara from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every day the group will use a public bus from town center to Etara according to schedule.

1 – 3 September – Students will take part in International Crafts Fair in Etara –and could sell their products. At the end of the Fair they will receive special certificates.

5 September – The group will travel to Sofia; stay in hotel or hostel for 2 nights, cultural visit around the capital and city center.

7 September – Flight back home.

At the weekends students have free time or could participate in some organized events, for example:

•Swimming and sunbathing at the swimming pools

•Possibility for daily tours to the mountains and hiking

•Participation in local public events, concerts, festivals or other activities depending on the town cultural program

•Visits to museums

EU Erasmus + Funding

The placement is funded by the EU Erasmus + scheme and covers return flights, accommodation, and a subsistence allowance (equal to 3 meals a day).

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If you are interested in this placement, then please read through the information on the PEATS traditional skills main page. You will find the application form is available to download on this page, as is the “Quality Commitment” which all applicants have to read.

For past participant feedback, please refer to the Participants Report page

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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