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15 Aug 2019

Belarusian artisans invited to showcase at Jagiellonian Fair in Lublin

Belarusian artisans invited to showcase at Jagiellonian Fair in Lublin
Ulyana Vinnik. Archive photo

BREST, 15 August (BelTA) – Belarusian artisans will display their works at the Jagiellonian Fair 2019 which will be held in Lublin on 16-18 August, BelTA learned from the organizers of the event.

Lublin-based cultural organization Warsztaty Kultury, the organizer of the fair, invited over 50 artisans from various parts of Belarus, including several artisans from Brest Oblast. For example, craftsman Ivan Suprunchik from Stolin District will demonstrate around 30 wooden sculptures and paintings depicting rites and customs of the Polesye region and will hold several master classes.

“Ivan Suprunchik founded a woodcarving school. He is the only craftsman who carves sculptures with nothing but an ax. He has already taken part in the Jagiellonian Fair several times. We are happy to see that his art appeals to Lublin citizens and guests. A lot of his works can be found in private collections abroad,” head of the culture department of the Stolin District administration Vasily Zaruba said.

Gantsevichi District will be represented by weaving artisan of the local House of Crafts Yelena Telushko and People’s Artisan of Belarus Ulyana Vinnik. They will showcase unique woven suits, towels, panels, bags, and other items decorated with Belarusian ornament. The fair will also feature paintings on fabric, wood, and clay by artist Olga Ivanovich. “The artisans have chosen around 200 works for the fair. All of them are one-of-a-kind handmade items. Works of our artists always enjoy popularity at the Jagiellonian Fair,” said Alla Zenko, Director of the House of Crafts of Gantsevichi District.

The Jagiellonian Fair in Lublin is one of the largest festivals of traditional culture in Central Europe. The fair has roots in the 15th-16th centuries. It was revived in 2007 and since then has been held annually, drawing thousands of tourists to the Old Town of Lublin.

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