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PEATS Slovakia – Traditional Crafts & Creativity in a Village Museum

Dates: 1st July – 1st August 2020    OPEN for applications
Number of UK Participants:  6 spaces plus accompaying Person available

Duration: 32 days


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.

2019 programme included (2020 programme to come)

Week One: Basket making with Tatiana Pučekova. Traditional loom weaving and converting heritage textiles to accessories and handbags with Adriana Patkova. Visit to Brhlovce cave house village for a presentation plus other local cultural sites in Dudince (Roman spa)

Week Two: Restoration of a small traditional village house with Jakub Dvorsky.  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: Restoration of the house continues but now we restore the original domed bread/pizza oven, using local bricks, clay and a half globe design. Depending on the speed of the activities, a local ceramicist is on hand to offer pottery lessons.

Left: Celtic roundhouse, loom weaving, decorative plasterwork/pargetting & the museums sheep.

Week Four:  Local carpenters finish the floor in the traditional house. The group do local ceramics and a range of woodland derived products including carved signs, making wooden shingles and mini-shingle roofs, wood carving, pyrography, including traditional mask making. A small village festival at the end of your programme gives you the opportunity to show what you have made.

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.

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 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.


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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