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PEATS Slovakia – Traditional Crafts & Creativity in a Village Museum

Dates: 3 Aug – 3 Sept 2020 
Number of UK Participants:  6 spaces plus accompanying Person (5 spaces filled)

Duration: 32 days

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This placements is based in the village of Lisov, in Central South Slovakia,  stretching out on the southernmost foothills of the Štiavnické hills…in a cultural landscape stretching out on the southernmost foothills of the Štiavnické hills. The village museum of Lišov was registered with the patrimony of the state in 2009. In 2015, under new management they embarked on a development programme based on a research framework which identified

1)            Researching and reconstructing one of the local cave houses; there are 55 & 300 wine cellars.

2)            Developing an international mask museum.

3)            Training locals and visitors in a range of traditional skills.

4)            Focusing on the Celtic tribes who inhabited nowadays Slovakia and resisted the Romans.

5)            The mysterious ‘Fossa Giganteum’, a Neolithic wall from the Danube almost to Poland, extending for over 300 kilometres and passing close by the village.

6)            Offer a meeting place and outlet for local sustainable crafts and food

7)            Following the tradition of local artist Fero Liptak, offer a creative space for applied art.

2020 programme

Week One: Presentation of our work in the Museum and in the village, visiting cave houses and getting to know the village . Basket making with local artist . Traditional textile presentation of folk costumes, textiles and loom weaving presentation with local artist. Visit to exhibition and Muzeum in Brhlovce cave house village for a presentation and other local cultural sites in Dudince (Roman spa), and preparing and thinking of design for ceramic kiln.

Week Two: Restoration of a small traditional village house . Skills include working with clay, sand, chaff and lime, including lime painting, with opportunities for decorative work. Cleaning and restoring existing wooden door and window frames. Restoring some original furniture. Tasks are divided according to the interests of the students .

Week Three: Building the pottery kiln, depending on the speed of the activities, restoring celtic roundhouse, , decorative work using traditonal folk designs, visit the local oil press company, visit the wineyard and working in the wineyard and beekeeper´s place. There may be some collecting of fruits and crops , walking in the forest and collecting herbs/natural material for decoration or other art purpose, tasting local wine and visiting local farms etc.

Week Four:  Finishing the pottery kiln, pottery lesson. The group do local ceramics, introduction into  making wooden shingles, wood carving, pyrography, including traditional mask making. There will be visits of local artists too.

Cultural visits are spread throughout the month; to World Heritage site Banska Stiavnica, the Fossa Giganteum, Sahy, Esztergom on the Danabe bend and some time in Budapest before flying back home as well as exploring the area on bikes / walking and enjoying summer time in Spa town Dudince swimming pool or driving to local forest pond.

 

If participants are not interested in all the 4 themes, they can spend longer on their favourite.

Accommodation (shared twin rooms) is in a large village house on a fully self catering basis. The village is small but beautiful with a pub, shop and hunting association. If any participants are interested, they are invited to go with Jakub to view deer and wild boar.

Cultural excursions include a visit to the World Heritage town of Banská Štiavnica, famous for its old Saxon and Austro-Hungarian architecture, a weekend trip further north in Slovakia to the Tatras mountains and the possibility to visit the cities of Bratislava and Budapest.

Participants will fly to Budapest, where they will be collected and transferred to Lisov.

There is a website for Lisov which has photos of the area, though you will need to translate the page.

Funding

The EU Erasmus + funding covers return UK flights, insurance, food and accommodation. Participants will need extra money for personal purchases.

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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